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Superman: Earth One, Vol. 1 (Superman Earth One #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  10,245 ratings  ·  484 reviews
J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of Babylon 5, joins forces with rising star artist Shane Davis (SUPERMAN/BATMAN: THE SEARCH FOR KRYPTONITE) to create this original graphic novel that gives new insight into Clark Kent’s transformation into Superman and his first year as The Man of Steel. This is the first in a new wave of original DC Universe graphic novels, featuring t ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2010)
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mark monday
the art is gorgeous: a vivid palette, expert linework, by turns visceral and delicate, super stylish overall. but for some reason, Shane Davis gives us a short, slender, eerie, vaguely asian Superman.

the writing is smart, the pacing works well, the ideas are compelling, the mysteries are intriguing. but J. Michael Straczynski gets it all wrong too. this is not Superman. (and it is also not Earth One - but I'm not going to go there in this review.)

many years back, Mark Gruenwald's ingenious Squa
This is a focus on Super Boy right after he leaves to “find himself” at Metropolis. He has a lot of options with his knowledge and isn't really interested in being any type of superhero. However, cataclysmic circumstances force him to become one and that really isn't much of a surprise so not a spoiler, people.

The story had its moment but it was a bit too predictable for my tastes and didn't have any interesting small moments. The artwork was absolutely beautiful and primarily done by Shane Davi
Ugh. I really wanted to like this. I love Michael Straczynski's stuff. Usually. Unfortunately, the only thing I really liked about Earth One was Shane Davis' artwork. I thought he did an awesome job updating Clark's looks. He was actually quite a hottie. Unfortunately, at the end when Clark put on the familiar costume, he ended up looking a bit like a boy playing dress-up. He seemed too short or something to be Superman. Sort of like they cast Tom Cruise to play The Man of Steel. Urp! *retching ...more
I'd heard that this story was the basis for the Man of Steel movie from a few years ago. Now, that film wasn't my favorite, but I was curious to see if this was better. And I guess it was . . . slightly.

Straczynski doesn't really try to reinvent the wheel here. Clark Kent is still the Smallville kid we've all grown up with. Jonathan and Martha Kent having rescued him from his space capsule, reared him as their own adopted son, taught him to hide his super human powers, and shaped him into the ca
This felt very much like the Man of Steel movie. That isn't really a good thing. I get that this Earth One books are supposed to be new, fresh takes on the origin stories of familiar heroes, but this one just felt off to me. And there are plenty of aspects of the story that don't make much sense. Since when is Clark enough of a genius that he can effortlessly solve equations that trained and experienced scientists have been struggling with for years? Did it never occur to Clark that putting in a ...more
Sam Quixote
I love Superman as much as anyone and hey I'm open to new versions of the character, so if a new Superman origin story has to happen in today's world with a twentyish Clark Kent moving out of small town Smallville to big town Metropolis, I'll go along for the ride. What people said to me about it was that this was an "emo" Superman but I didn't see that here. Sure Clark is 20 and wears a hoodie but so what? That doesn't make him emo.

No, what made me dislike this book was how booooring the story
Don't listen to the reviews on this one. It's not terrible. From what I'd gathered, Straczynski and crew presented some emo-modernistic version of Superman with anger problems. There's nothing of the sort. Deep down there's not much different about our beloved Man of Steel. The changes to character and the origin story itself is very minor, with one significant change, which I enjoyed to tell the truth.

Clark Kent is newly arrived in Metropolis and looking for a job - a means to strike it out on
A baby is sent to Earth from his dying home planet, Krypton. Years later, the baby is now a young adult named Clark and moves from Kansas to Metropolis, searching for a way to fit in. He inadvertently triggers a series of events that brings an associate of his former world's destroyers to Earth, committed to hunting down the last survivor of Krypton.

It feels like the film Man of Steel was largely based on this, with the film's Zod taking the place of the verbose alien hunter Tyrell. Man of Steel
Nicolo Yu
Superman, the original and seminal superhero, has undergone a lot of reboots ever since he leaped off the pages of Action Comics number one in 1938. It is understandable that he needs to be re-imagined every time a new generation of comic book readers comes of age. Especially, the generation whose first exposure of the character came from the television show Smallville.

This project to revitalize the character had a lot going for it. It had a capable writer and artist team with proven track recor
Crystal Starr Light
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I'm not the biggest Superman fan in the world, but I've seen the original movie, "Man of Steel", and "Smallville" and am familiar with the basic storyline. The two biggest reason I read this were A) I had recently seen "Man of Steel" and heard this comic was used as inspiration for the movie (I can totally see the similiarities), and B) I've been on a comic book kick lately and really wanted to find a good entry point into possibly reading Superman. (The biggest problem to a newbie
(This review also covers Superman: Earth One, Vol. 2)

I am still searching for a story about Superman that will make me like him, that will make his acceptance into society make sense. Based on the fact that several origin stories, along with two questionable movies, have popped up over the past decade or so that find alternate ways to give me this, I suspect that DC and its writers are still trying to figure that out as well.

You see, the reason why I don’t like him is because my thinking falls i
Yes this *is* fresh, a very modern telling of the Superman origin story - and yet it doesn't feel *forced*, doesn't feel like you're reading or seeing things that were rammed into the story to make you think "yes, I see they took great pains to update the story - look at the cell phones! Look at how we finally drop the stupid planet-exploding-for-no-reason..."

Instead this is a very well-crafted story - JMS really has the *craft* of storytelling down, and he makes it clear it's about telling a gr
Jason Bergman
Let's be totally clear here: I am a HUGE Superman nerd. I'll read/watch anything with that shield on it. So when DC came out with a new graphic novel written by J. Michael Straczynski that let him start over from scratch, I was all over it.

This book is essentially an origin story. And in that respect, it's not bad. Straczynski picks and chooses from various depictions of Superman that we've all seen before. You'll recognize events from the comics and the Richard Donner movies here, but it's all
Ariel Acupan
Originally posted at PINOYPETERPAN

If you would ask a group of kids who’s their favorite superhero, I know that more than one would say Superman. He’s an icon. No need for further introduction, just Superman would suffice because everybody knows he is the Man of Tomorrow. But still, knowing how he looks like, the symbol, or the red and blue costume does not justify why he had been loved (and still is) by people . DC was right on their decision to make a “re-imagining” of Superman.

A different ta
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J. Michael Straczynsky's origin story is definitely the most altered by far that I have read. This Clark is actually trying everything else other than becoming a hero. Instead he looks for different paths in life. This graphic novel showcases all the amazing things Superman can do compared to regular men. He excels in everything he attempts, but having parents like the Kent's he is still drawn to the good fight. Then in the blink of an eye life changes for humanity and Clark must make his final ...more
I love all the story of the young Clark arriving to Metropolis and looking for what to do with his life. However the climax, it was good but not exactly what I would expect, also they include some elements changing the reason of how Krypton exploded and that affected how people could look the staying of Superman on Earh in a whole different way. Not that I don't find creative but it wouldnt be as I would so thrilled about it. Still, it's a very good book recommended to any Superman fan. ...more
Reev Robledo
There are a lot of reboot origin stories of well-known superheroes both in the Marvel and DC camp. Some are faithful to the canon, some veer way off. Superman: Earth One is somewhere in between.

The premise:
The first part deals with a young Clark Kent looking for a job...looking for his identity..."My place in this world" crap—it's not the central theme that's crappy, it's how it developed that was. Somehow after all these superhero remakes both in comics and the movies, you begin to realize that
I’m nearly at a loss for words.

I recently finished reading the trade paperback for Superman: Earth One and without a doubt, it’s one of the best Superman comics I’ve read in a LOOONG time. Regular followers of my blog will recall my prior complaints about Action Comics Vol 2 and how it had essentially “dumbed down” the story behind the man of steel; force-feeding insincere and contrived dialogue that just didn’t fit. Earth One is the complete opposite. It stands on it’s own as a near-perfect exa
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Doğruyu söylemek gerekirse hiçbir zaman büyük bir Superman hayranı olamadım. Ne var ki, Man of Steel ve geçen gün izlediğim Lego Movie (onun da yazısını yakında yazacağım) düşüncelerimde biraz değişiklik yarattı. Ben de bir ay önce aldığım Superman: Yeni Dünya'ya başlayayım dedim.

Yeni Dünya/Earth One dizilerinin özelliği şu, kahramanların hikayelerini -çoğu olayı orijinaline sadık bırakarak- yeniden yorumluyorlar ve yaşananları en başından itibare
I thought this was pretty good. The best Superman graphic novel I've read, but I haven't actually read very many and have generally disliked what I've read before. This had a good story, literate and well plotted, and I really appreciated it. It wasn't just an art book. The art was quite good, of course, but that seems almost a given in graphic novels. Key to me was that it had a good story.
Jenny Kim
First, I'm a big fan of Superman the movies both with Christopher Reeves (Part I & II, there are only two not four!) and Henry Caville. But I rarely pick up graphic novels, however I heard that this was good and it was one of the sources for Man of Steel so my curiosity got the best of me.
As a retelling of his origin story, this was really good. It flowed really well except towards the end where it was bit choppy. I loved the flash back scenes, the illustrations are beautifully done, the c
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Michael Jay
Straczynski did a fabulous job taking a classic idea of "what do I do with my talent?" and applying it to someone who is constantly having to consider the consequences of his actions--with respect to his own outward appearance of success, to the safety/security of his family, to the feeding of his vanity, his ego, or his altruism. The artwork by Shane Davis is beautiful. One thing stood out -- the cool re-vamp of Jimmy Olsen (BTW, 'olsun' has meaning in Turkish) who is questioned by an alien pre ...more
Folk, I give you Emo-man! Okay, not quite, but still. This is one in a countless number of retellings of Superman's origin story, although this one is much more grounded in modern reality than some previous attempts. The end result is a Superman story that we know, albeit with a Kal-El who is somewhere in between Mary Sue and Moping Teenager. That said, it's not actually horrible. Allow me to explain:

Straczynski is to be credited with writing the first Superman that I actually wanted to get to k
Nora Ellen (The Bookery)
I'll be the first to admit that my Superman/Clark Kent obsession can be a tad bit overboard, but I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel. Different from any Superman story before now, Superman: Earth One is a modern version of the classic tale of Clark Kent, the last son of Krypton. This version has an updated costume, nemesis, and overall lifestyle for our Man of Steel.

I've been following Smallville for over ten years, and I own and avidly watch the movies (both Christopher Reeve and Brandon Ro
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
After all that I'd heard about this book from friends and fellow Superman fans, I really was reluctant to give it a shot. I'm glad I got over that. Straczynski has taken a story I never tire of, the origin of Superman, and done some intriguing things with it. Clark's path to his choice of career, the origin of the "S" symbol, and the cause of Krypton's destruction are all very different than they ever were before. But they are different in ways that actually work, and do not feel forced.
In the
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Everyone has a hero.

Ask a group of men who their hero is and someone in the crowd is going to tell you Superman.

I have always found Superman to be kind of silly. I mean... he hides his secret identity with a pair of glasses? How is it people don't see through this?

He's allergic to a rock? But his planet is made of it? How on earth does that work?

Ask any man that's a fan and they will tell you these answers. Men who love Superman will defend him like the American flag. He's the Man of Steel. He'
Nov 08, 2010 Ari rated it 2 of 5 stars
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The first half of the book, was about, again, the origins of Superman and the relationship with his family, the one on earth. But he still have curiosity about his true homeplanet, but he can't do much about it 'cos he don't even know his real name. In the seconda part, we meet the baddie some unknown character that comes to Earth searching for this little baby who escaped from Krypton, and there he spills half of the true story about this guy and have a little fight. Yet the villain is forgetta ...more
Eric Kibler
*Yawn* Here's yet another "re-imagining" of an established superhero. You know what I mean. DC (or Marvel) fears that their heroes are too continuity-laden for new readers to want to pick up on, and so decide to give them a restart while jettisoning decades of baggage. In theory, this can be a good thing. Marvel has done a great job with its Ultimate line, which uses this approach, especially with Ultimate Spider-Man and The Ultimates (read Avengers). The Marvel Ultimate line takes place in its ...more
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Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunne ...more
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