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Batman: Earth One [Hardcover]

Geoff Johns , Gary Frank
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July 10 2012 Batman (DC Comics) (Book 1)

Batman is not a hero.
He is just a man.
Fallible, vulnerable, and angry.
In a Gotham City where friend and foe are indistinguishable, Bruce Wayne's path toward becoming the Dark Knight is riddled with more obstacles than ever before. Focused on punishing his parents’ true killers, and the corrupt police that allowed them to go free, Bruce Wayne's thirst for vengeance fuels his mad crusade and no one, not even Alfred, can stop him.

In the tradition of the #1 New York Times bestselling Superman: Earth One, writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank re-imagine a new mythology for the Dark Knight, where the familiar is no longer the expected in this long-awaited original graphic novel from DC Comics.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Life During Noir Time July 17 2012
By Roochak
You have to feel bad for Alfred Pennyworth. A one-legged ex-soldier saddled with the guardianship of his late friend's traumatized son, he hadn't signed up for surrogate parenthood on a visit to Gotham City. Likewise, Detective Jim Gordon had long ago learned to look the other way while the city went about the business of eating its young. He didn't need a gung-ho new partner -- former reality TV cop Harvey Bullock -- to start shaking things up and turning over stones that were better left ignored. Not in Mayor Oswald Cobblepot's city.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read July 26 2012
By Yohan79
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If you're a Batman fan, or you're just new to the comic book Universe. I strongly suggest checking out Batman Earth One.
I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but it's an awesome direction Geoff takes in this reboot.

Just read it! You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Fresh Take on the Dark Knight Mythology July 19 2012
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I was expecting a similar experience to Superman: Earth One with this product. That is to say, a nice setup for future stories, solid art and character work, but an overall "just alright" experience. What a surprise Batman: Earth One was! I was absolutely gobsmacked by this take on Batman, Gotham and the residents of the crime-ridden town. The storyline is beautifully rendered by Gary Frank's realistic style, fantastic facial work and is coupled with an extremely original interpretation of a classic character. Without going into spoilers, this is a radically different Gotham than you are used to.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special June 20 2014
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. The villains in particular are forgettable. I have to say though that The supporting cast (Alfred, agent bullock) were really well done and aren't like anything we've seen previously. I'm not going to read it again anytime soon, and if I could go back I'd spend my money on something else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Go buy Nov. 3 2013
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic April 21 2013
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This book is a Great product..I found it to be fully entertaining and enjoyable!!! wonderful read from cover to cover
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By Erodger
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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 become the caped crusader.

It is not like Frank Miller's batman Year One or Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins but it does provide you with great entertainment.
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