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Superman Secret Origin (Superman (DC Comics)) [Paperback]

Geoff Johns , Gary Frank , Jonathan Sibal , David S. Goyer
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7 Dec 2011 Superman (DC Comics)
Written by GEOFF JOHNS Art by GARY FRANK and JON SIBAL Cover by GARY FRANK Writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank bring you a startling new look at the beginnings of Lex Luthor, The Legion of Super-Heroes, Lois Lane, Metallo, Jimmy Olsen, The Parasite and more of your favorite characters from the Superman family in this new trade paperback collecting the acclaimed six-issue miniseries!

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (7 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140123299X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232993
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.9 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,614 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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'Much to enjoy in [Frank's] nuanced and dynamic artwork' --Comic Heroes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure brilliance 28 Feb 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is incredible, if your a big superman fan then this is for you, if your a big comics fan... then this is for you and if you like the idea of a man with extraordinary powers trying to change the way a city thinks then this is for you, Geoff Johns is a comic book genius, he creates an amazingly refreshing look at supermans origin, and don't worry film fans he obviously draws strongly from the 1978 Richard Donner version of superman, the art in this book is brilliant and you can't help but see Christopher Reeve (The greatest superman ever) staring out at you from the pages, Lois Lane is updated and protrayed excellently and Jimmy is still an underdog, but modernised. Overall this book is brilliant, even if you don't read comics you NEED to buy this, and if you do read comics and this is'nt a part of your collection then click "buy" and remedy this you will not regret it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unoriginal but ok 11 Nov 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is the not-so secret origin story of the most famous superhero of them all, Superman. Geoff Johns runs through Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman's life story from his humble beginnings in Smallville, Kansas, growing up on the farm of Jonathan and Martha Kent, slowly realising his powers and alien ancestry as he becomes older, and meeting Lex Luthor for the first time, to his tentative first steps in Metropolis as he gets a job at The Daily Planet newspaper and meets the love of his life, Lois Lane.

If you're a Superman fan this is all familiar territory. In fact, this is the big problem with the book: it doesn't need to exist. The origin story has been told so many times before, doing it again feels pointless. I feel that if you're going to rehash the same story one more time, the writer ought to bring something new to the table, provide a different slant on the tale, but Geoff Johns doesn't do this. This is the definitive Superman story as it's been told in many books before. It's so familiar, even those people who've never read a Superman book could probably tell it to you.

And all of the characters behave as you would expect: Clark is clumsy, Superman is noble and heroic, Lois is independent and beautiful, Jonathan and Martha are the perfect parents, Perry White is gregarious, Jimmy Olson is the eager to please kid who's Superman's buddy, Lex is evil. They're all so one dimensional and unsurprising it's boring to read. Like from the first panel, Lex is instantly evil and muttering darkly about his plans for world domination like a Bond villain. The character treatments just feel rote.

Which isn't to say the book is a total dud.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. S. W. Steel VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As the title of this book says, this is the secret origin of Superman. We have had lots of different slants on Clark Kent taking on the mantle of Superman and now we have this offering from Geoff Johns.
I am a big fan of Geoff Johns. He has done some excellent work on Superman - Superman: New Krypton v. 1 (Superman 1), Superman: New Krypton v. 2 (Superman 2), Last Son (Superman (DC Comics)) and Brainiac (Superman (DC Comics)) to name a few that i would highly recommend (though there are others to enjoy too!). He has also done the excellent Flash: Rebirth (Flash (DC Comics)) and some brilliant work in the acclaimed Blackest Night series. And so, i was really excited about reading this book.
And it didn't disappoint. This is exactly what i was looking for. This book chronicles Clark Kent's life on the Kent farm, his relationship with Lana, how he discovers his powers and ultimately puts them to good use. There are also some well-thought out sub plots too. An interesting look at how a young Clark and Lex meet in Smallville is well handled, and so is a trip into the future with the Legion of Super Heroes.
As he moves to Metropolis and joins the Daily Planet we see the bumbling Clark Kent that Christopher Reeve played so well. Indeed, the artwork is so close to looking like Christopher Reeve i think he should have had his name on the front cover!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superman 7 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The origin of Superman is a story that has been told over and over again. This is one of them and its well worth the read. With a library of iconic Superman characters such as Lois Lane, Jimmy Olson, Metallo, The Parasite, Perry white and of course Superman's greatest enemy Lex Luthor. The comic tells the tale of how a young Clark Kent discovers his true origins and makes it his mission to help people, even though most of them are scared and afraid of him. This is for anyone who wants to get into Superman comics or those who already know and love them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story and fantastic artwork 15 May 2013
By Vince
The artwork pulls you in because its very similar to the style of the 70s-80s but with a modernisation thats all. The fact Superman here is clearly drawn based on Christopher Reeve will also delight fans of Reeve and Donner.

The story is pretty emotional at at the early parts and this is crucial, since it allows the audience to sympathise with young Clark and from there, everything falls into place.

I wouldnt say this was a great story to go gaga over but its decent enough and theres just something touching and honest about this piece. Nothing pretentious. I say its worth getting for the art alone.
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