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

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,452 Ratings  ·  591 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, 135 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by DC Comics
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Will M.
Sep 14, 2015 Will M. rated it liked it
Maybe they should've made Geoff Johns do this series, because the Batman Earth One series is among my favorite graphic novels ever. This story arc of Superman was not bad just to be clear, but nothing was interesting on the other hand. Forgettable at best.

Actually the whole thing felt a bit rushed. It's like Stracyznski didn't give Superman the proper introduction that he deserved. I'm not a huge Superman fan, but I'm not among the haters. I don't think I've ever read a Superman graphic novel, o
mark monday
Jul 07, 2014 mark monday rated it it was ok
Shelves: comikon
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
Aria (My Infinite Reading List)
I haven't read a lot of Superman comic books so I can't really compare this to anything, aside from the movie adaptations that is. But I absolutely love how they showed this side of Superman.

Superman, for me, was unstoppable force. He was the person we all would never be. He is strong. Has superhuman strength. Is also super smart. What else is there? What more can this guy want? He was basically a god. But of course, that wasn't all this was.

Kal-el has a lot of weaknesses. And this story actua
Aug 29, 2015 Bookwraiths rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

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 supe
Dec 19, 2015 Alistair rated it really liked it
I may be a fan of stracynski because I really enjoyed this.

Superman used to be my favourite hero and he's been written over and over so badly so many times. Each time they try and make him human to relate to the reader more because stupid batman fans keep saying "he's too strong" or "he's unrealistic" - fools! He's an alien and I love that he's really fucking strong and I love what he stands for.

So stracynski writes him as a superior here. Another origin story! Another one! However, this one w
Jul 11, 2013 Anne rated it it was ok
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
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
Jan 31, 2016 Stephen rated it it was ok

It's apparent that the plot of this book was used as the basis for Mr Nolan's Man of Steel movie. The story is just another origin story of Superman but with some changes here and there. This time krypton was destroyed by those who would commit genocide of all Krypotians.

The plot is really dull, the structure is weak, the characters, and their motivations feel unnatural.
The artwork in this graphic novel is gorgeous though. I was pretty disappointed in this book. Gonna start with Birthright soon
Mar 14, 2016 Donovan rated it it was ok

The synopsis says it all. Superman doesn't know who he is, and that's because he's nobody but a surface version of his Golden Age self. Football star, scientist, baseball player. Which will he choose? All to buy Martha Kent a new Cadillac. He moves to the city to, I don't know, mope, creep on girls in diners, and jump into any career he wants to with only a two year degree. That's the Superman I know and love.

The "aliens attack the world" trope has become so tiresome, sudden belligerent aliens
Feb 26, 2014 Sesana rated it it was ok
Shelves: superhumans, comics
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
Oct 26, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
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
Jul 21, 2012 Nicholas rated it really liked it
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
Nicolo Yu
Dec 19, 2011 Nicolo Yu rated it liked it
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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
Feb 23, 2015 Aaron rated it really liked it
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
Aug 21, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 18, 2015 Blindzider rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I've read most of JMS' comic work, both DC and Marvel so I had some expectations, and to me this was 'meh'.

Superman's origin has been tweaked a few times over the years and this does the same mainly by adjusting why Kal El was sent to Earth. JMS gives a deeper meaning for his arrival, the reason for Superman's first conflict, and lays the groundwork for future stories all in one fell swoop.

There's also quite a bit more discussion between Clark and his parents regarding who he is, what he should
Oct 16, 2013 Alejandro rated it really liked it
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
Aug 14, 2014 Wendy rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics-manga
(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
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3.5 rounded up to 4/5 Based on the reviews I've read, I was not expecting to like this, but I actually quite enjoyed it.
Rory Wilding
Jan 27, 2016 Rory Wilding rated it it was ok
“Too vague, too fuzzy, too cute.”

Having been around for over seventy-five years, the origin story of Superman has always been revisited, with writers and artists providing their own revision to the point that everyone has their own idea of what the Man of Steel should be. Following terrific reinterpretations such as Mark Waid’s Birthright and Geoff Johns’ Secret Origin, Superman: Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski and illustrated by Shane Davis was the inaugural title of the new, ongoing OGN se
Jason Bergman
Jan 18, 2011 Jason Bergman rated it it was ok
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
Dec 27, 2010 Ariel Acupan rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 17, 2016 Hobbes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I haven't read any Superman graphic novels but I wanted to read this before finally watching the 2013 Man of Steel movie. I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this origin story.

Twenty year old Clark Kent arrives in Metropolis and applies for various jobs while trying to discover who he is, what he wants from life, and whether to keep his powers hidden from humanity. His adoptive parents have a profound influence on Clark:

"Obviously Superman isn't your real name," I say.

He smiles. "My father came up
Mar 15, 2011 Dan rated it liked it
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Oct 23, 2014 Victor rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Feb 26, 2016 Münevver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Uzun zamandır basımı yok diye okuyamadığım bir çizgi romandı. Geçen gün Yapı Kredi Yayınları'nda gezerken ikinci basımının yapıldığını gördüm ve son bu kalmıştı. Tabii ki hemen yapıştım. Bugün de elime aldım ve okumak için sabırsızlandığım hikayeye başladım. Gerçekten değdi. Daha olgunlaşmamış Superman hikayeleri okumayı seviyorum ve bu da onlardan birisiydi. "Kahramanlık" olayına nasıl başladığını anlatan bir çizgi romandı. "S" harfini falan farklı bir bakış açışıyla önümüze koymuşlar. Kendisin ...more
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
3 stars. I think this was a good start to an arc but it wasn't as strong as it could've been. I feel like I was reading a much better version of the screenplay for Man of Steel and I think it was a great origin story. The artwork was really good minus Clark Kent himself, who looked very inconsistent through out. Some panels he looked like a scrawny teenager, the next panel he looked like a full blown adult. I also think the transitions from the past and the present were done in such a sloppy way ...more
Reev Robledo
Dec 20, 2012 Reev Robledo rated it it was ok
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
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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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