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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (July 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232085
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.2 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roochak TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 17 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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This is a great little book, Only problem being is that it is in fact little. Don't get me wrong, it is a wonderful new take on the beginnings of Batman but I'm glad I didn't have to pay cover price for it. Geoff Johns doesn't take it easy on Bruce, This is a bit of a nail biter as Batman isn't the indestructible creature of the night he is so often portrayed, or very brilliant for that matter. In fact, he is a terrible Batman at first and keeps getting his hat handed to him by every thug (and cop) that comes his way, including the reinterpretation of an incredibly disgusting villain like the Penguin. However for me it is Gary Frank who I couldn't wait to see his interpretation of the Dark Knight. He is simply one of the best and this is a highlight of his amazing drawing skill. But I still can't give a full star rating because of the violence against children in this one. One of the Penguin's assassins is called the Birthday Boy who gets paid in young girls for his talents. What ever happened to just getting paid in cash like a good ol' fashioned villain?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 26 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Quann on 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hegemony.Cricket on Jan. 7 2013
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If you're looking for the definitive Batman origin story, this isn't it. Read Frank Miller's "Batman Year One" instead. "Earth One" is a revisionist take on the Batman mythology, well told, with beautiful artwork.

The problem is that it is essentially a superhero story without any heroism. It embodies the worst qualities of the "dark and gritty reboot" trend. To make the Batman story realistic, Geoff Johns makes everyone contemptible. Bruce Wayne is not a hero, detective, or skilled fighter, and his sense of entitlement brings about the death of his parents. Alfred is a grizzled war vet with none of the character's established dry wit or affection for Bruce. James Gordon is a worn out cop on the payroll of organized crime. Harvey Bullock is a photogenic reality-TV star looking to grab headlines by solving a sensational crime. While some of these characters evolve as the story develops, it really feels like change for change's sake. Taken without these character changes, the story Johns tells is actually a very small, insignificant one.

As a stand-alone story, "Batman: Earth One" is well executed and an enjoyable, quick read. If you are a fan of the DC "Elseworlds" stories, it's in a very similar vein. If you want to read the characters fans have known and loved for decades, read something else.
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