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DC has released a few pages of SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, the much-anticipated Superman reboot graphic novel by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis. The book goes on sale next month.

This is a Superman for the 21st century.

With SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, Straczynski and Davis inject the folk tale and legend that is Superman’s origin with a modern, vital and forward-looking energy that makes for a refreshing, epic and challenging super-hero adventure.

In SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE – the first original graphic novel retelling Superman’s origin — Clark Kent is a man looking for meaning in a new city and an age of failing newspapers, hand-held devices and instant gratification. But when you can fly through the sky and burn objects with a glance – things become a tad more complicated. Doubly so when a fleet of alien ships arrive on your doorstep.

SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE channels the best tales of Superman with a look toward the future, by two of the brightest talents the industry has to offer.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. Why is this called Earth One? It seems like such an ‘insider’ name. Doesnt seem like a casual reader would look at it and know what it is.

  2. Ehh. Doesn’t look like a Superman book, that’s for sure. Too gloomy and dark. Also, it’s using some of the same boring plot tropes as JMS’ “Grounded” storyline.

  3. Well, the “Swan St.” sign on the second page made me smile. Not much else exciting here so far. I’ll certainly flip through it sometime to get a better look.

  4. Doesn’t DC get it?

    When is Superman going to be about escapism? Superman wasn’t a hit in the 40’s ’cause he moped around. It’s because he saw a problem that needed fixing and fixed it. No “build up” or set up. Down to action, smack the bad guys, go home. Sometimes more than once in a book! Now we’ve gotta pick up multiple chapters to get a pay off?

    Get outta here…

  5. Good God this looks horrible. Will JMS have Lois sleep with Lex behind Clarks back and then have Lex’s love child? Cause that would be wicked edgy!!

  6. Isn’t the dark and gloomy feel to the city purely because it is pre-Superman? It is Superman that cleans up Metropolis and truly brings it into the light.

    I’m still looking forward to it just because it will be a Super title that will be accessible to me.

  7. Tough crowd. Seems like a good start to me.

    It’s your basic small town kid moving to the big city fish out of water story so far.

    Doesn’t make me want to buy it, but it’s nothing to cause violent protests either.

  8. Clark looks especially young in this Reboot of the mythos…

    Is this DC continuity’s run-around the “Superboy” rights issue?

  9. Not excited about the artwork, but I’m liking the story. I’m sure that with Clark being so gloomy there is a back story somewhere, like (possibly) Pa Kent’s death and nothing Clark could do about it.

  10. I hate to sound all internetty here, but that looks really awful. Another dour rehash trying to make serious business out of an inherently fun comic.

  11. So, this is what Superman would look like if Marvel had created him instead of DC?

    Maybe it’s just me, but I think these attempts to Marvelize DC characters makes DC look not just derivitive, but desperate.

  12. “Another dour rehash trying to make serious business out of an inherently fun comic.”
    You just gave away DC Entertainment’s entire strategy. I hope you’re proud of yourself.
    To expand on what you said, It’s more like business execs desparately trying to make a dated character “relevent”.

    “So, this is what Superman would look like if Marvel had created him instead of DC?”
    Stan Lee did that while ago. It was less melodramatic than this.

  13. II’m liking the look he looks awesome i’m not going to care what most say when I saw this I was like oh yeah im definitely getting no questions asked awesome

  14. I’m liking the look he looks awesome i’m not going to care what most say when I saw this I was like oh yeah im definitely getting no questions asked awesome

  15. God, the art looks awful. It’s not comic book art, more like storyboards. So derivative with the style (I even see some Rob Liefield in there and that’s not a compliment) and so over-worked with its lines (making the faces look like crap). These young artists who pile lines and detail on while forgetting how to concentrate on TELLING THE STORY. Why does the drawing and inking look like it was done in ballpoint pen? Is that the latest thing now? To create ugly-looking art? And then the colorist over-works the coloring to the point of appearing like a music video where the story is sacrificed for style. Does an editor just play traffic cop now? Darwyn Cooke gets it. Story. Story. Story…

  16. I read it halfthrough and i just knew how it was going to end. The same old with powers comes responsibility and superman defeats the bad guy. SIGH!!!!!! Seriously, last time i bother with anything superman related.

    What’s really sad is they could’ve made
    something of superman’s intellect. He’s super smart in this one, why not create some cures, use his power to the full potential. But no we need a baddie, punch the baddie,problem solved! The only good thing was the art, the rest smelled like Smallville. Meh

    Story 0/5

    Art 3/5

    Don’t buy it if you aren’t a hardcore superman fan…

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