Ever since the announcement of the “Earth One” line of graphic novels just over a year ago, it’s been a little unclear just who the line was aimed at, or how it fit into DC’s various lines of books. Subsequent statements just muddied the waters. Although obviously an Ultimates-type revamp for new readers, with just one book on the schedule — the just released JMS/Shane Davis SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE — it was just a toe in those same muddy waters.
He wears hoodies, has smoldering eyes and, as a lanky Clark Kent, wears low-cut pants and hipster skinny ties. Artist Shane Davis also made him less physically imposing — shorter and less beefy — than he has traditionally been depicted.
The new look and new attitude are being used to kick off DC Comics’ “Earth One” line of graphic novels, which puts their classic characters in today’s world. The $19.95 hardcover, out in comic shops on Wednesday and book stores Nov. 2, is aimed directly at the youth market.
Given this new smaller, hoodie-clad, Superman, all that is now missing from that cover is an iPod Nano loaded up with Grizzly Bear.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.