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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (28 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085768003X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857680037
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Straczynski revels in the rebirthing of the ultimate superhero and it's gloriously cinematic.'

'Shane David (JLA: The Lightning Saga, Superman/Batman) is a perfect fit for this series. His art is about as comic book as comic art can be... Superman: Earth One is a slick package.' --Shelf Abuse

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J. Michael Straczynski, creator of the award-winning TV series Babylon 5, wrote for Squadron Supreme, Spider-Man, and Star Trek Comics Classics: Return of the Worthy. Shane Davis, American comic book artist, his artwork appears in the pages of Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman and many more.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a very well written and illustrated story that tells of the young Clark Kent's journey from Smallville to Metropolis and his finding a place for himself in society. Unfortunately, Geoff Johns covered the same ground not long before in the main Superman comic series, and Grant Morrison has just covered exactly the same ground in the New 52's Action Comics series, leaving this story as just an Elseworlds variant. Geoff Johns' recent Batman: Earth One however, returned to the roots of the original and told a simple, streamlined story that can stand as an origin in the old or New 52 universe. Unfortunately for Superman writers, most of what we think of nowadays as Superman's main story elements were added over the course of twenty years, much of it in the 1950s, so you can't really go back to the roots, unless you are Grant Morrison, who apparently has managed to somehow address fifty years' worth of discontinuity and make it work in Action Comics - men of steel.

This story, while being excellently written and spectacularly drawn, just adds more discontinuity, in the form of an alien race from the next planet over from Krypton as the villains behind the destruction thereof - though with another mysterious baddie in the background supplying them with advanced technology. As the alien's leader points out, planets don't just explode with little warning, Krypton was assassinated. And now they've come looking for the last survivor. The story works, as you'd expect from a top-notch writer, and various strands of Clark Kent's life are woven in which lead him to donning the glasses and suit, and joining the Daily Planet, but it has been left behind by history, and has become just another Elseworlds story even before volume 2 is published.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. W. Steel VINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those rare graphic novels that comes along once in a very long while - it is an absolutely essential read, and one that should be in your collection immediately.
This is the best re-imagining of the Superman mythos i have read, period! The book is set in the period where Clark Kent is trying to decide what he should do with his life. He is a young man, and trying to find where he fits in the world - the fact that he is the lone survivor of the planet Krypton and has amazing powers, only seems to add to this decision.
The start of the book sees Clark trying out for an American football team, and being offered a contract that will set him up for the rest of his life, a scientific research company, and as a journalist at the slowly declining Daily Planet.
All of this is put on hold when there is an alien invasion and Clark makes the choice to step into the spotlight as Superman and put his incredible powers to use for the good of the entire planet.
That is the basic plot, and as is much as i will give away as there are many excellent sub-plots and characters that are worthy of you discovering yourself when you read this book.
For me, this has everything i want from a Superman title. It has a new slant on Superman's perspective, whilst remaining true to all that has gone before. It portrays the best incarnation of Perry White i have seen. It has a great back story with Jonathan and Martha Kent, and an interesting sub plot with the military. Jimmy and Lois are really well done too, and are given plenty of page space.
The only slight weakness (and it is very minor in my opinion) is the bad guy.
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Format: Paperback
In Superman's 75 years, his origins have been explored perhaps more times than any other superhero in the industry. Truly, he is a timeless character, who makes as much significance in the 1930s as he does today. From his original appearance in Action comics from the skills of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, to the Silver Age, the Donner movies, the various cartoons, Post-Crisis, New 52 and of course most recently in the film Man of Steel, there is no end to the possibilities of Superman's adventures as great mind continue to develop wonderful ideas to the definitive hero's mythology.

Earth One is a line of comics introduced to tell new stories without the restraints of previous comics, told in a separate, alternate Earth to the one where the regular DC universe takes place (not unlike Marvel's Ultimate comics). With a clean slate at his disposal, famed writer J. Michael Straczynski delivers a fresh new take on Superman's roots. Chronicling the Man of Steel's early days, Superman Earth One follows twenty year old Clark Kent as he moves into Metropolis to try and gain a career, while also keeping his head down to avoid anyone learning of his secret. However, when an alien enemy comes to earth to destroy the earth, young Clark dons the cape for the first time, fulfilling his destiny of becoming Superman.

Clark is quite different at the beginning of this story than when he becomes Superman. He is quiet, shy, unsociable, uncertain of what to do with his life. He is a great main character for this book, which is directed at young adults. While Clark has a tendency to whine a lot, he is still at his core, the same character who was beating up abusive husbands during the Great Depression.
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