Earth One

Book - 2012
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Geoff Johns, the writer of BLACKEST NIGHT, GREEN LANTERN and INFINITE CRISIS re-teams with superstar artist Gary Frank, his collaborator on SUPERMAN- SECRET ORIGIN, SUPERMAN-BRAINIAC and SUPERMAN & THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, to create this original graphic novel that gives new insight into Bruce Wayne's transformation into Batman and his first year as The Dark Knight. This follow-up to the # 1 New York Times bestseller, SUPERMAN- EARTH ONE, by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis is the latest in the series that features the industry's top writers and illustrators and their unique takes on DC's characters. It's the perfect book for new readers of graphic novels as well as longtime comic book fans.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2012.
ISBN: 9781401232085
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly col. ill. ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Frank, Gary 1969-
Alternative Title: Earth one.


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Mar 13, 2019

Excellent, particularly the take on Harvey Bullock.

Jun 22, 2018

Batman: Earth One is a unique reimagining of Bruce Wayne's origin story, interspliced with his first outings as the Batman.

Author Geoff Johns answers questions about Batman's lore that no one's ever bothered to ask, including: 'What was Martha Wayne's lineage and how did her family shape Gotham?'; 'What did the Wayne Corporation manufacture to establish itself as such a powerful entity in the city?'; and even offers a 'definitive' answer to the murder of Bruce's parents, which serves as the baseline mystery for the plot. Johns uses these points to set-up this new version of Gotham he's created, and leverages them to develop a very real, gritty and politically (and morally) corrupt world that is in clear need of saving.

The artwork also does a good job of conveying emotion and helps to tell the story in a visually impactful manner.

Many classic characters like Alfred, Detective Gordon and Harvey Bullock are true to form and simultaneously revamped for this reimagining. New and original characters are also well fleshed out and refreshing additions that fit in perfectly with this new universe.

The most rewarding aspect of this book is the world that Johns is clearly working to set-up in this updated and edgy version of Gotham. I look forward to reading Volume 2.

Jun 12, 2016

This is a sort of re-imagined and updated restart of the Batman Mythos. It's updated only by some details to make it more contemporary, rather than the Batman of 1939. Relationships between Bruce and Alfred become a lot more clear, as does Bruce's relationships with the Dent family from childhood. The book has a time duality between past and present which clarifies a lot of issues from the mythology, especially if you haven't read every single Batman issue since 1939.

Jun 28, 2013

great origin storyline

May 10, 2013

This is an awesome version of Batman showing that he was not always as invincible as he has been.

Mar 13, 2013

Good art by Frank, but I still found myself wondering what the point to the whole exercise was. A self contained alternate version of the Batman's origin changes a few key details, with a different look... but in the end, it doesn't really feel like it contributes to the mythos. Maybe it's the writing that feels tired to me. Geoff Johns, who seems to be handling much of DC, doesn't have a particularly good take on Batman in his Justice League series, and this standalone version seems rather listless and uninspired.

Dec 11, 2012

'Batman: Earth One' is very much worth reading. It naturally "reinvents" Bruce Wayne's parent's death - but in a "hmm - yah, that could be possible" alternate story. I will not tell you the surprises - you need to take out this book and enjjoy!. Not to be dismissed! The storyline and graphics are great! Kudos to the DC team for this book!

theorbys Oct 23, 2012

5 star graphic novel entertainment.
A fine addition to the possible chronicles of the Dark Knight. This one is an alternate world story, and is beautifully drawn in a dark pulp style and moves briskly forward without missing out on good character portraits and local color. Best of show goes to Alfred.


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Jun 12, 2016

A re-imagined Batman origin story. Bruce Wayne's parents are killed outside of a movie theatre. Alfred, Thomas Wayne's former military colleague and friend comes to provide security for the Waynes as Thomas runs for Mayor, but is of course too late. Alfred guides young Bruce through his own military-based training as we see him choose to evolve into Batman, as well as the high cost to him personally the further he goes to become the Dark Knight.

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