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Superman: Earth One [Hardcover]

J. Michael Straczynski , Shane Davis
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Nov. 2 2010 Superman Limited Gns (DC Comics R)
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 top writers’ and illustrators’ unique takes on DC characters.

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"JMS has created a brilliant breathing world of consequence and DC is delivering this vision in epic scope.. . . Masterful. . . . truly extraordinary” – AIN’T IT COOL NEWS

“This is a Superman for the 21st century. With SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, Straczynski and Davis inject the folk tale and legend that is Superman’s origin with a modern, vital and forward-looking energy that makes for a refreshing, epic and challenging super-hero adventure. . . . SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE channels the best tales of Superman with a look toward the future, by two of the brightest talents the industry has to offer.”—/FILM

“Excellent.... From its poignant domestic moments, delivered in mostly warm, fuzzy flashbacks, to its blockbuster battles, Straczynski’s Superman: Earth One renders like a feature film just waiting for adaptation. “—WIRED

“Artist Shane Davis rightly gives the book a photorealistic look to drive home that this is more science fiction than superhero romp. . . This is a handsome, rock-solid Superman fable that gets to the scifi pith of his legend.”—io9


“What do you get when you combine Twilight and a classic superhero? The new Superman.”—THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“The new Superman doesn’t sparkle, but he does brood and smolder. Artist Shane Davis has created a moody 20 year-old version of the iconic hero who rocks a hipster look.”—NEW YORK PRESS

“Shane Davis really shines in this book. . . . The art comes alive with energy and design”—IFANBOY

“Davis provides sleek figures, intense detail, and subtle integration of current hairstyles and fashions (including a nip and tuck to the old supersuit itself) that do the lion’s share of the contemporizing … [and] Straczynski . . . distinguishes the work, humanizing the dynamic between characters and adding a compelling twist of melancholy to young Clark Kent’s search for purpose.”—BOOKLIST

“Straczynski, a master of building characters, brings depth and emotion to the Man of Steel and Davis’ artwork is a joy to behold.”—AM MEW YORK

About the Author

J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI has worked in television, comics and, most recently, motion pictures. In comics, he is known for The Amazing Spider-Man, The Twelve, Thor and Silver Surfer: Requiem, as well as SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE Volumes 1 & 2 and BEFORE WATCHMEN for DC Comics. He is the creator of the hit TV series Babylon 5, and was nominated for the 2009 Best Writer Eisner Award. In movies, he is known for writing films including Changeling, Thor and a forthcoming reinterpretation of Forbidden Planet.

Shane Davis is a graduate of the prestigious Joe Kubert school and current exclusive artist for DC Comics. Although he is relatively new to the industry, he is a fast-rising star that has made a name for himself with his breathtaking artwork on titles including GREEN LANTERN: RAGE OF THE RED LANTERNS, MYSTERY IN SPACE and SUPERMAN / BATMAN: THE SEARCH FOR KRYPTONITE.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice work, characters need work though July 20 2011
I enjoyed this one over all. The artwork was really well done and the story line was alright. Some aspects were a bit of a leap I think, Clark's mom for example appears to be all-knowing in what clark's costume should be & his role at metropolis, and Lois Lane doesn't come across as a really believable character. It's nice to see some different villains, or at least a different take on some existing ones (brainiac). I think if the characters could get a little more depth this will turn out to be a really good series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic reimagining of Superman May 10 2011
A reimagining of Superman. If you were going to make a movie about young Clarke coming to Metropolis for the very 1st time this book should be your blueprint.

While not the most compelling Superman story of all time, it does have a certain charming quality that is consistent is all JMS comics ( see Thor Omnibus, and Spiderman ). We see Clark as the young confused man we would expect of a person coming to terms with being on his own for the very first time ( and of course having unlimited power to deal with makes the story that much more interesting. ) What Clark explores during his first time in Metropolis is what we would expect of a person seeking his place, and future. This is not your usual Origin of Superman. Does that make it bad? If anything I think it makes it better. This version offers todays generation a little help identifying with the Young man of steel.

I understand why true Superman fans do not like this book, but that to me shows how peoples preconceived notions are unshakable.

If you have been reading Superman your whole life, and you do not want him to change in anyway go buy something else. If you like the idea that characters can have new beginnings, and you like a wonderful story then check this book out. I don't think you will regret it, I sure did'nt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reboot May 2 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great reboot of the Superman serie. Man of Steel have a lot of similar passages. I suppose it was used to inspire the actual movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic Aug. 6 2013
By Joel
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
fantastic, so worth it, cant wait till vol 3 comes out. Wish it would be soon, I have read both vol 1 and vol 2 3 times, and they are great everytime
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