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4.0 out of 5 stars Another (superb) origin that just complicates the story even more, 8 Aug 2013
This review is from: Superman: Earth One TP (Superman (DC Comics Numbered)) (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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