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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Reprint edition (26 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232092
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.6 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He began his comics career creating and writing Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. for DC Comics.

His first comic assignment led to a critically acclaimed run on the The Flash and JSA for DC Comics. Since then, he has quickly become one of the most popular and imaginative writers in comic books today, working on titles including a highly successful re-imagining of Green Lantern, The Flash: Rebirth, Superman: Secret Origin, Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Teen Titans, Justice Society of America, Infinite Crisis and the experimental breakout hit series 52 for DC with Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid. Geoff received the Wizard Fan Award for Breakout Talent of 2002 and Writer of the Year for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as the CBG Writer of the Year 2003 through 2005 and 2007 and 2008 and CBG Best Comic Book Series for JSA 2001 through 2005. Geoff penned the acclaimed "Legion" episode of SMALLVILLE. He also served as a writer for the fourth season of ROBOT CHICKEN. Geoff is currently working on film projects with Warner Brothers to be announced soon.

Geoff recently became a New York Times Bestselling author with the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac with art by Gary Frank among many others.

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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"

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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. "From the Hardcover edition."

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Woodhead on 14 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Batman: Earth One is a graphic novel written by Geoff Johns and brought to life by Gary Frank. It tells the origin story of an alternate version of Batman from the Earth One universe (for those not familiar with the DC multiverse, Earth-One is the name given to a different universe; not the universe where the current series of DC Comics is set). As a result of this being a different universe, there is a fantastic opportunity for Jones and Frank to put a unique spin on the familiar story of Bruce Wayne and his journey to becoming Batman. And it is this that makes Batman: Earth One such a successful graphic novel.

In this version of Gotham City, Bruce Wayne was the spoilt child of the soon-to-be Mayor of Gotham City, Thomas Wayne, and heir to the Arkham estate, Martha. During a trip to the cinema, which is cut short due to a power outage, Thomas and Martha are murdered and Bruce is orphaned, left in the care of his father's friend, Alfred Pennyworth, whom he served alongside in Vietnam. Bruce grows up, convinced that his parents' murder was planned by Thomas Wayne's rival and current Mayor of Gotham: Oswald Cobblepot.

This description should give you a very good idea of what Earth One is all about. It's the same story that Batman fans have been ready for decades now, but every subtle detail is changed, turned on its head and designed to surprise the reader, leaving them feeling exhilarated by the story that is being told, but at the same time, creating a strange, unnerving feeling, as though something isn't quite right with the world. The Bruce Wayne of this universe isn't the well-trained, emotionless, professional vigilante that you've seen before, whether that's on the big screen, the small screen or in other comic books.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Roochak TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 July 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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Format: Paperback
In the same vein of what may be my favourite interpretation of the man of steel, "Superman Earth One" comes a unique, yet familiar vision of the Dark Knight by superstars Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.

In a Gotham that has fallen to greater corruption than the one we are accustomed with, a new hero emerges from the darkness to uncover the conspiracy that killed his parents and restore order to Gotham.

New ideas are introduced into this fresh mythos that bring a whole new perspective to how we see the Batman tale. Alfred is a former marine. Oswald Cobblepot is the corrupt mayor of Gotham. James Gordon is forced to take a blind eye to the activities of the mob, and far more revisions of core Batman characters throughout, but in the end, we reach a status quo familiar to us.

The book is similar to the excellent Batman Year One in that it tells the tale of a younger, less experienced Batman, however, Johns digs deeper into the character of Bruce Wayne and his relationship with Alfred, balancing his work with his life. However, this was not honestly a great Batman story. I would not say it is overrated, but it did not give me the same satisfaction of the Killing Joke and or the Court of Owls. Nevertheless, it was well written, the characters were well rounded and Gary Frank was, as usual, a terrific artist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucky Shadow on 28 April 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Batman Earth One if you want to have a new origin for Batman then this is the story for you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
This does look like just another Elseworlds story, but… it is very good; and far superior, for example, to the Batman films’ origin story. There are no superheroics, or super-athleticism, no supreme mastery of the martial arts, or even a rubber/Kevlar costume. This is a man in a skin-tight costume trying to find out what happened to his murdered parents. There are no widescreen action sequences, though there is a bit of falling off buildings and swinging about with an accident-prone grappling-gun. The action is close and claustrophobic, just the way The Batman should be handled. This story could just walk off the page and on to a film or even television screen without loss of resolution or the need for an astronomical budget. The cast includes Detectives James Gordon, and Harvey Bullock, Barbara Gordon, Harvey Dent and his twin sister, Mayor Cobblepot, Lucius Fox the gadgeteer, and Alfred the S.A.S. butler. Gotham is in the grip of a crime syndicate, the police are in the pocket of the mayor, even Gordon, and Harvey Bullock is the only clean cop. The legend of the Batman begins here, in an excellent story, with superb script and art. I hope there is room in the New 52 for a sequel.
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