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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (13 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401231969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401231965
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.1 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Eisner Award winner Straczynski ("Babylon 5; Amazing Spider-Man") does more than contemporize Superman's story: his hero is a wild card who grew up alienated and isolated, whose human parents' wishes for him are more about self-actualization than doing good deeds, and whose birth parents have tasked him with avenging Krypton against its enemies...Davis's artwork combines classic superhero design with contemporary detail and a slightly dark edge. Fine stuff."--"Library Journal"

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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."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Eriksson on 30 Mar 2013
Format: Hardcover
Great superman story. Well thought through. The kind of story that makes you wonder, with curiosity; what will happen next!!?! :)
Beautiful state of the art, in how it is drawn, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DW on 13 Nov 2012
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Good story, not as good as vol one in my opinion, still I enjoy a new take on an old friend.

Confused as to why this won't download to my i-pad though, when volume 1 did?
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By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Nov 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bad guy gets caught in a weird machine which zaps him and rather than killing him, warps him into a monster called Parasite. Superman worries about getting involved in developing nations' politics and having sex with a human woman. Then Superman and Parasite fight - guess who wins? That's pretty much the whole book.

There is a super-ton of stuff I didn't like about this book. Probably the worst by far is the dialogue. J. Michael Stracynzski has a tin ear for how people, especially young people, speak. On the first page Perry is talking to Clark who immediately sounds like an annoying dweeb, punctuating Perry's "wise words" soliloquy with feeble attempts at humour. Jimmy Olson thinks a haircut, putting his feet up on his desk and a blog make him cool and utterly fails to convince, while a new character, Clark's sexy neighbour, doesn't sound at all like a semi-real, semi-intelligent woman and more like a nearly 60 year old man trying awkwardly to write dialogue for a twentysomething woman.

And then there's Lois. On a night in, Lois and her boyfriend (unnamed) are sat in front of the TV, Lois is bristling, and they fight. Lois ends the brief argument, dismissing the man with "the only thing you're supposed to do is smile, look good on the couch, don't talk and then leave". Why does she sound like a `20s gangster talking to his moll? Her depiction in the book is devoid of charm - new readers coming to this book will wonder why anyone gave a damn about such an angry, irritating character.

Enter the arbitrary bad guy for this book, Parasite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Lyle on 28 Dec 2013
Format: Hardcover
Superman Earth One is one of the best Superman comics I have read, if not the best. While not in regular continuity of the DC Universe, this book felt like a good place to start reading the super books, doing well to bring Superman into the 21st century, delivering much of what the New 52's Superman lacked.

In Superman Earth One volume 2, we follow Clark Kent in his early years. As his new identity of Superman, the world debates whether he is a threat or an ally to the human race, When a new enemy emerges that feeds on any kind of energy, Clark already has enough on his plate with his job at the Daily Planet, his social life and trying to come into terms with his near-immortality. The awesome penmanship of J. Michael Straczynski digs deep into the feelings and emotions of Clark. Clark has deliberately remained emotionally distant from others and tried his best to remain anonymous in order to blend into the background, ashamed that he is not one of us. There is a brief yet beautiful sequence where Clark talks about his childhood cat, which is a very emotional and powerful scene despite its simplicity.

While the story doesn't seem to distinguishable from the mainstream DC continuity (at least pre New 52) there are some interesting differences in this reality that Straczinski utilizes well, such as the inclusion of a Jimmy Olsen who is the complete opposite of how we know him. While usually, he is an incompetent young photographer sucking up to Editor White, he is now an older, better skilled and cooler character entirely, who is superior to Clark instead of his rookie.

Superman Earth One volume 2 was so good that I intend to find the first volume and read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 Oct 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a very well written and illustrated story in this series, this time dealing with both Superman and Clark Kent's finding their place in the world. It is still a divergent path from the Superman baseline, but less-so than the first volume. Here we see Superman coming up against the political limits of his power, as a foreign dictator (are there many left nowadays?) prevents Superman helping some of his people who are in opposition to him; and Perry White continues Clark's education as a writer and journalist. On a personal level, Clark starts to understand and bond with humans, and the `man of steel, woman of Kleenex' problem raises its head. Lois deepens her investigation (or snooping, as old time readers will think of it) into Clark's background, as this volume's villain - the Parasite - takes centre stage. Even the Luthors make an appearance at the end of the volume, so hopefully we may see a third in due course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Dhondt on 6 Jun 2013
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After the unboxing, I was astonished by how great this comic looked, it's a really nice thing to have in your comic book collection, even if only for the looks.
The story is great too, featuring a new villain and Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor. Fantastic read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. G. A. Alavi on 11 Nov 2012
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Good comic. Almost as good as the first book. Great art work good story. The only falling for this is it felt rushed. There were some great ideas in this book. Superman losing his powers for the first time, but I think he should have spent more time being "human", not getting his powers back in a couple of panels. Unfortunately this happened in all the fights in this book. I never liked the Parasite as a top villein, but when he is powered up he looks like Superman's deadliest opponent.

The strongest thing about his is the psychological story. Now that Clark is Superman what does he do next? He has reported his biggest article, stopped an alien threat, and life seems pretty good. Now he has to face the backlash of paranoia from the public of having a god like character among them. What are his motives? What does he want? Superman runs against a dictator should he just kill him and be done with it? What then should he take over world next?

The rest of the book sets up stuff for later, including major Superman villeins. That is the problem this book felt rushed and more of a filler than a stand alone story, which the Earth One line should be. As sequels go a good attempt.
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