Superman: Earth One

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Title: Superman: Earth One
Author: J. Michael Straczynski
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date:October 27th, 2010
Pages: 136

via Goodreads:

[The] original graphic novel that gives new insight into Clark Kent’s transformation into Superman and his first year as The Man of Steel. This is the first in a new wave of original DC Universe graphic novels, featuring top writers’ and illustrators’ unique takes on DC characters.

I'll be the first to admit that my Superman/Clark Kent obsession can be a tad bit overboard, but I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel. Different from any Superman story before now, Superman: Earth One is a modern version of the classic tale of Clark Kent, the last son of Krypton. This version has an updated costume, nemesis, and overall lifestyle for our Man of Steel.

I've been following Smallville for over ten years, and I own and avidly watch the movies (both Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh ones), so I am proud to reveal my inner nerd-dom. However, this graphic novel is great because it not only tells the story of Superman, but it tells it from a new perspective, fully fitted into the present-day world.

My favorite part of the story is how selfless Clark Kent comes across as. In one part, he gives up the opportunity of a lifetime to give a Superman interview to the struggling Daily Planet newspaper. The characters are artfully portrayed and make for an overall great read.

Cover: 5

Writing Style: 3

Characters: 4

Plot: 4

Ending: 4

Overall: 4

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