Batman: Earth One Hardcover – Jul 10 2012
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"After successfully re-imagining the Man of Steel in Superman: Secret Origin, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have unleashed their talents on Bruce Wayne and proven, once again, that under the right stewardship, the Batman legend is endlessly malleable. Alfred as a former Royal Marine. The Penguin as a genuinely creepy and sadistic villain. Awesome."—David S. Goyer, co-writer of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, and Man of Steel
“For the first time in a long time, you can see Batman's eyes. That may seem like a minor change. It's not. Johns and Frank know that the real appeal of Batman is what hides within him. Now they're letting us take a brand new, breathtaking peek ... inside and out.”—Brad Meltzer
"Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be a fresh take on Batman, along come Johns & Frank to prove you extraordinarily wrong. Original, surprising and emotional, Batman: Earth One is a must-read."—Damon Lidelof, co-creator and executive producer of Lost
About the Author
Geoff Johns is an award-winning writer and one of the most popular contemporary comic book writers today. Johns is the author of The New York Times bestselling graphic novels Aquaman: The Trench, Blackest Night, Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War, Justice League: Origin, Superman: Brainiac and Batman: Earth One which hit #1 on the bestseller list. He is also known for transforming Green Lantern into one of the most critically and commercially successful franchises in comics.
Johns was born in Detroit and studied media arts, screenwriting, and film at Michigan State University. After moving to Los Angeles, he became an assistant to Richard Donner, director of Superman: The Movie. He and his mentor Donner later co-wrote Superman: Last Son featuring the return of General Zod.
Johns has written for various other media, including episodes of Smallville, Arrow and Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, for which he was nominated along with his co-writers for an Emmy. He is the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment and resides in Los Angeles, California.
Gary Frank, a native of Bristol, England, began his comics career working on various titles for Marvel UK before entering the American comics scene as the penciller on Marvel’s Incredible Hulk. Frank then
came to DC Comics where he was the original artist on BIRDS OF PREY and pencilled the adventures of SUPERGIRL. He has also worked on WildStorm’s GEN 13 as well as his creator-owned series Kin. Frank,
along with writer Geoff Johns, has worked on the bestselling titles SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC, SUPERMAN AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES and the New York Times #1 bestseller, BATMAN: EARTH ONE.
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This neo-noir reboot of Batman's origin story is as dazzling a feat of reimaginative virtuosity as any comic I've read this year, more radical even than the various "Before Watchmen" miniseries. Bruce Wayne's Batman is sloppy, angry, almost out of control, but obsessed with bringing down the man who ordered the killings of mayoral candidate Thomas Wayne and his wife, and putting Gotham right. But his mother's family home, the crumbling, mazelike Arkham house, haunts Gotham like a hungry ghost, and now shelters a serial killer with a taste for adolescent girls.
Noir is the imaginative territory where our hopes and dreams go to get the crap kicked out of them, and in true noir even the winners have nothing to show for their efforts but another day of survival. While today's Batman stories are (and have been for a generation or two) urban cowboy fantasies with neo-noir trappings, our emotions take a beating in this story, especially when we learn the extent of the ongoing atrocities in the Arkham house. Geoff Johns's lean, hard, time-hopping narrative will be easier to follow the second time through, and that gives us another opportunity to savor Gary Frank's heavily Brian Bolland-influenced pencils (abetted by sensitive inks and colors from, respectively, Jonathan Sibal and Brad Anderson).
The book ends with a wonderful splash page teaser ad for volume two. Which I'm eagerly, eagerly awaiting.
Batman: Earth One works both as fan service in subverting our expectations of characters, situations and locations and as an introduction to the Bat-world for anyone with cursory or no knowledge of Batman and his rogues. A few of my friends and family also enjoyed the graphic novel despite having little prior experience with the medium and character. I would not hesitate to recommend this to any fan of comics, Batman or those who have taken in the latest Caped Crusader's film and are hungry for more.
I do kinda of wish there was more of a story though, there wasn't a lot of reading in this book it was more a visual thing which is OK but I think some more inner Dialogue from the characters would have helped to make this story a little more enjoyable. The art is good Gary Frank's art is good his faces are strange and I feel like everyone looks like Christopher Reeve but its still a nice presentation
Great Book presentation just like Superman Earth one these books are very nice the cover art is glossy and no slip cover to get all crumpled because DC doesn't seem to need wrap over a newly purchased hard cover when you buy them!
Most recent customer reviews
Page by page, the story gripped me and never let go, this comic is a must for all batman fans!Published 6 months ago by Karn
Its not your typical batman story it doesn't follow any of the plot lines from other batman comicsPublished 8 months ago by Zach
This is yet another batman origin story done just different enough from the rest to be worth reading, but it doesn't stand out in any way. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Aidan McDermott
Yes. Batman year one is better. No surprise. But this is another excellent take on Batman's origins. Great art. Can't wait for volume two whenever they decide to make it.Published on Nov. 3 2013 by Jonathan McDonald
Mediocre writing and horrible characterizations plague this attempt at retelling Batman's origins.
Batman is mostly incompetent in this tale, and even worse, not very... Read more
This book is a Great product..I found it to be fully entertaining and enjoyable!!! wonderful read from cover to coverPublished on April 21 2013 by Richard Johnston
Alfred's character is new and refreshing and I enjoy him. The story is more grittier and has a dark subplot in it involving one of the key elements which drives Bruce Wayne to... Read morePublished on March 29 2013 by Erodger