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Superman: Earth One, Vol. 1

(Superman: Earth One #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  16,823 ratings  ·  799 reviews
In this #1 New York Times bestseller, writer 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.
Kindle Edition, 136 pages
Published November 21st 2011 by DC Comics (first published November 2nd 2010)
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Will M.
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 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comicon
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
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Superman lands somewhere between the Batman (huzzah) and Wonder Woman (blah) books in the Earth One series. There are a few good things -- the homily-like flashback scenes on the Kent family farm, the dynamic duo of Daily Planet co-workers Lois and Jimmy in the midst of a disaster, and young Clark's 'shotgun' approach to researching employment opportunities upon arrival Metropolis.

However, the villain (who could possibly be mistaken for a member of KISS), with his generic world domination and/or
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic, it-is-okay
3.5 stars. The story and the artwork itself is GREAT, but I am really not a fan of the angst Superman in the DCEU movies, I'm okay with this comic but I'm not a fan of it.

PS: but Lois Lane is pretty badass here, unlike her movie counterpart in Man of Steel.

And here is my favorite Superman story:

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Superman: Secret Origin
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superhumans
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
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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 wouldn´t be as I would so thrilled about it. Still, it's a very good book recommended to any Superman fan. ...more
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
Feb 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was between 3-4 stars for me, really. I liked many things about it, but some of it was kinda emo for my tastes. I mean, I like depth in comics, it's so hard to accomplish, but I guess it's pretty hard to humanize a character that is, by definition, closed off from everyone. Superman is unto himself, and since he had no real deep relationships in this book besides his mother, it was hard to root for him. There were some cool parts, and the art was great though. Would recommend the read! ...more
May 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
M. Ashraf
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I haven't watched the movie yet,but I can say from the trailer if that movie was based on a graphic novel this would be it, just remove Tyrel and add Zodd, the same everything else appear here, the whole wandering around trying to figure out what to do after school, trying everything from a football player to a scientist - maybe this note bother me but O.K -, to the invasion of alien race to find only him and the world message that broadcast all over the world with unclear image and sound as ev ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the press release for Superman: Earth One --

"Forget everything you know about The Man of Steel and brace yourself for a staggering new take on the world's most popular Super Hero."

Well not exactly. Much of Superman's back story and origins have not been altered for this new outing as much as they've been updated. Same Superman, but new packaging is the best way to put it. Or as a friend put it, "Different clothing, same hero."

Superman: Earth One is a good story, not a great one. Here we hav
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Straczynski, whom I first read when he wrote some superb Thor graphic novels, re-tells the Superman origin story in Superman: Earth One. It is very similar to what we know, with some subtle differences. In this telling, apparently a young Superman (in his early 20's) moves to Metropolis for the first time to provide for his Ma Kent. Pa Kent has apparently passed away and Clark is looking for a job to provide for his mother. Now, in this storyline he already knows his powers, but not where he is ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty fun Superman comic! I’ve read a few other Superman comics and this one was really well done. I loved the art and the story was great too! I really liked how Straczynski talked about how and why Krypton was destroyed. In all the others I’ve read it just talks about it blowing up with no real reason why the whole planet was dying. The only thing I didn’t like about the comic was how Clark always seemed sad or was staring far off. Otherwise it was great!
Ariel Acupan
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Re-upload of my review. I don't know why GR separates your written reviews based on what edition you reviewed originally, sigh... Here's my original review)

WOW! This is now my favorite Origin story of Superman! So since this an alternate take, there are different things to this Superman. For one he is 21 in this story so hes younger than usual, also how they explain how he becomes a reporter at the Daily Planet is done, a little differently!(In all the right ways!) The background story of Krypt
Jenny Clark
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics
Earth One is an interesting concept with great writers and artists. The art is beautiful, the story is fast paced and the characters are very grounded. I enjoyed this one, but the same as Batman, very few things were changed. I feel like they could have done a lot more in this series, but it is good never the less.
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Jamie Connolly
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pretty good. Same old Superman stuff except a little different. 3 stars.
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
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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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