Late last year, DC announced a new line of graphic novels called Earth One. The idea was a line of standalone graphic novels about major characters with new continuities. It was kind of like the Ultimates line but in the new format — GNs — instead of periodicals. Books for Superman and Batman were announced — SUPERMAN by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis, while Geoff Johns and Gary Frank took on Batman.
While this sounds like an interesting project — a new series of updated continuity standalones theoretically aimed at new readers — it has been somewhat back burnered since the initial announcement back in December ’09, with no additions to the line announced. The Superman book is due in October, while the Batman book isn’t on the schedule for 2010 — not a big surprise, given Johns’ busy, busy calendar.
Last question concerns the format of Earth One, which JMS reports will come out as a hardcover, then individual issues, then be collected again. Fan: “That’s extremely confusing.” “To both of us,” JMS said with a chuckle.
The last question went to Straczynski. The fan asked whether the writer plans on continuing the “Earth One” stories. The writer revealed that the hardcover release will be followed up with single issues, which will later be collected.
It’s very unclear from either of these reports just what is going on with the format or continuation — are the periodicals new stories? Or just a periodical reprint? Or what? So we asked DC! And they responded with a statement from co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee:
“Our plans regarding the EARTH ONE line of original graphic novels have not changed – they will serve as new, unique and compelling reinterpretations of our key characters in original graphic novel form, by some of the biggest names and brightest stars in the industry.”
…which didn’t really answer the periodical question at all. But does seem to indicate support for the original graphic novels.
So…developing. Sort of.