Superman Earth One, How Necessary Is This Book?

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#1 Posted by hydro 300 (152 posts) - - Show Bio

good review !

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#2 Posted by CrimsonInuTears (701 posts) - - Show Bio

It's much better as a single stand alone book. I'm not muvh of a Superman fan myself, but I really loved this book. There's just somethin about it. Sure he's emotionaly, an watchin him pretty much succed at every job(an still manage to take that job) was just a lil annoyin, but it felt very different from the usual Spuerman stuff I get my hands on.

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#3 Posted by Gambit1024 (10217 posts) - - Show Bio

It's worth a read if you're into Superman. I personally am looking forward to the sequel. 

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#4 Posted by Brickabrack (112 posts) - - Show Bio

I think this was a great take on Superman and especially Clark Kent.  

I think whether or not this version of Superman is needed depends on how soon the 2nd volume comes out. If customers start sensing that this is an ongoing universe (rather than how it is percieved by some right now; a one-off) then I think it will become as important to readers as the Ultimate Universe's Spider-Man is for Marvel fans. 

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#5 Posted by TheMilkywayDude (121 posts) - - Show Bio

i dont realy colect superman at all but im picking this up soon
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#6 Posted by Mschanandlerbong (16 posts) - - Show Bio

Since that was essentially a "Trading Views" segment , was that a buy or a borrow ? lol sounded like you guys didnt want to endorse the price tag

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#7 Posted by The_Martian (37399 posts) - - Show Bio

If they plan on continuing Earth One and making it a separate  universe similar to Marvel's "Ultimate" Universe, I don't have a problem with this. If this is just another chance to tell his origins, than it's kind of disappointing.

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#8 Posted by johnny_spam (2187 posts) - - Show Bio

Earth One is necessary because in the this current market for comic books anything should be used to bring in new readers Earth One was a book aimed towards new readers or people who do not know much about Superman it had the origin as well as the fact it was a OGN. 
 Clark Kent is not emo in the story many people seem to say that but as the story goes on it is clear he is just lost and does not know what to do. Also this is another Earth he could be lost and it can make sense because unlike the main Earth maybe other superheroes do not exist at least yet I would not call it teen against since he may be the first guy to be like that for all he knows. 
The complaints about Earth One I am not sure about in this day and age when people look up information on every product some people out there had to know it was something new and since it was advertised like crazy and marketed some people who had not read Superman must have picked it up. 
I did thought 20 dollars was good considering these days comics are 26 dollars.

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#9 Posted by Chicago_Bruce (104 posts) - - Show Bio

thanks for the review. I'm not so keen on the idea of an EMO Clark Kent, but you never know, it might read well anyway - make him more human? We'll see. I like that you mentioned that the story does not involve Lex Luthor - I'm looking forward to that! (as I dislike the current stories that have Lex and Clark growing up as friends in Smallville together - I always liked them better when they didn't know one another until their Metropolis years - but that's just me.

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#10 Posted by johnny_spam (2187 posts) - - Show Bio
@Chicago_Bruce: He is not really emo in the story just a little lost.
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#11 Posted by Raia (60 posts) - - Show Bio

When I looked at it I thought the same thing, that this looks like a comic version of Smallville and  I have to agree, I don't know how many orgin stories we need of Superman or Batman or whomever else they decide to put back at the beginning. All I know is that is makes it kind of confusing for that new reader who wants to start at the beginning, cause when it all boils down to is that there is no essential beginning. Becasue everyone has their own spin on things, all I have to say is that as long as u have the basics (i.e. His name is Kal-El, he'' the last survicor of Krypton, he grows to become one of the world's greatest superheroes yadda yadda yadda) then ur ok, cause if u ask me u don't need to know every little thing that went on before he became the Big S. I might bread the book, but right now I'm still trying to understand the deal with his cousin and her many versions so that one might have to wait.
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#12 Posted by Chicago_Bruce (104 posts) - - Show Bio
@johnny spam: 
Good to know, thanks!
The art looks great
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#13 Posted by Crimson Eagle (2055 posts) - - Show Bio

cover looks nice.
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#14 Posted by Havenless80 (16 posts) - - Show Bio

$20 instantly turned me away from the book, but then I saw it on Amazon for $10 (which was the pre-order price).  I just checked and it is now $14, which I think is more reasonable than $20.  I liked the book, but I didn't love it.  I thought the story and characters were somewhat boring.  I loved that Luthor wasn't the villain, but the new villain was easily forgettable.  I didn't understand how some of the people of Earth liked Superman because he was the reason for the invasion and many people died directly because he was "hiding" out on Earth.  With that story arc, I would have thought people would view him as a villain rather then a hero. 

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#15 Edited by Lost_Exile (25 posts) - - Show Bio

Firstly i was really excited when DC announced these Earth 1 graphic novels. I haven't read Superman Earth 1 yet, it's in the mail as we speak. DC really surprised me at how well they marketed this book. They got previews to many major newspapers and other media outlets.  
With JMS writing the Superman side of Earth One and Geoff Johns having free reign on the Batman side i have high hopes for these books.  
Plus have you seen the BAD ASS preview pic of Alfred?  
If not check out this link

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#16 Posted by sora_thekey (8812 posts) - - Show Bio

Personally Superman is one of the books that is really hard for me to enjoy. I seem to be stumped a lot by the "perfectness" of the character. Yet since the character is so iconic I've always wanted to read a Supes book. 
I started reading Secret Origin but the story was rushed and I ended up being bored with the book. 
That's why I want to read Earth One so bad. I enjoy Smallville so I would probably enjoy this book too! 
Let me ask you this. Is Earth One somewhat like the Ultimate line for DC?

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#17 Edited by Theodore (3607 posts) - - Show Bio

meh I didn't care for this book.
I wonder if Earth-One Superman will show up at any point when the multiverse gets involved.

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#18 Edited by johnny_spam (2187 posts) - - Show Bio
@sora_thekey: Ultikmate Universe is a imprint with multiple writers artists and books so far only one Earth One Graphic Novel has come out with two more which is the sequel to Superman Earth One and Batman Earth One. They are only the same in the sense they re imagine superheroes origins other then that nothing really the same.  
Other then Earth One All Star Superman is another excellent book non Superman readers can enjoy.
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#19 Posted by longbowhunter (9425 posts) - - Show Bio

I've been curious about this. Believe I'll sit this one out though. Good review.
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#20 Edited by mavericksfan41 (92 posts) - - Show Bio

I've read this and for all of you who want a rating i would give it a BURY/Borrow. Borrow if you are a big Superman fan and BURY if you are not. I would not recommend it for $20 but I bought it because I am a big Superman fan and I was willing to give it a shot, that and I only paid $10.25 at Amazon for it (combination of low price and it was in my quick picks) right now it is $13.59. There is no reason to buy collected editions in stores when Amazon has it so much cheaper. ex. Chew omnivore ed has a list price of 34.99 but amazon has it for 23.09 and $99 absolutes are regularly around $67. 
Also to G-man if you wanted to know Superman Secret origin will be collected in a Deluxe Hardcover edition mid December (29.99 list price but more than $10 off at Amazon - $19.79)  /end Amazon love

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#21 Posted by WW-Fan (2873 posts) - - Show Bio

nice! i am going to get this! :)
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#22 Posted by TheNightChick (157 posts) - - Show Bio
@WW-Fan said:
" nice! i am going to get this! :) "
me too
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#23 Posted by brc2000 (1686 posts) - - Show Bio

I may pick it up, but I'm not convinced it'll be worth it.

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#24 Posted by DragonRex1 (73 posts) - - Show Bio

I have been curious on this one... 
By the way, nice hat Sara.
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#25 Posted by They Killed Cap! (2268 posts) - - Show Bio

I totally agree that this is getting a little redundant but blame me the buyer because I did buy this book because of the art and some good reviews. But my first reaction was like...again!
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#26 Edited by Dr. Detfink (542 posts) - - Show Bio

In John Bryne's Man of Steel, Lex is a corporate tyrant and Superman can no longer go out in space without an oxygen tank. This was back in the day post Crisis where DC now wanted some sense of er, grounded feel to Superman. 
Geoff Johns used the origin story to include Lois Lane's dad and connected it to Mentallo so it would fit New Krypton better.
Earth One is a completely different Earth BUT the problem is JMS doesn't convince us of the change with the absence of one notable super villain that plays an important role in Clark's youth. Babs is 100% right. That's sad if this was an attempt by DC to manipulate and market by "identifying" with emo teens.

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#27 Posted by UrmanitaRules (87 posts) - - Show Bio

From what I hear, Earth-One is supposed to be DC's anwser to Marvel's Ultimate Universe. I like how they made Clark younger in this, much like they made Spider-Man in the Ultimate Universe still a teenager and already go through half of his universe's retelling of Spidey's major stories. Superman Earth-One and Batman Earth-One definitely have potential here, especially since they're meant to draw in new readers. I'm definitely going to read this.
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#28 Posted by EGoD (2068 posts) - - Show Bio

I completely got the Smallville impression during this review, even right down to the "older"  Lois Lane, it seems likes it's a comic version of Smallville, more like it fits that genre and fan base for those who maybe watch the show but don't read the comics.
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#29 Posted by Norusdog (205 posts) - - Show Bio

ok...first she "didn't enjoy it" then she "liked it"....what's up with the jumpin around on a view?  Video was kind of informative but in the end really gave us you enjoyed it but don't like the price ($20 is a bit much)...and you did and didn't like the story...
so....what was the question again

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#30 Posted by goldenkey (3033 posts) - - Show Bio

another Superman orgin?  Like I don't know it already.

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#31 Posted by thiagofonseca (45 posts) - - Show Bio

This book totally looks like a 90's movie adaptation. "let's change this and that, add a new villain, etc".

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#32 Posted by Superguy1591 (7539 posts) - - Show Bio

Birthright is my favorite Superman origin. I'll have to read secret origin, but nothing is better Birthright. I really hate when people make Superman whiny like Spiderman, but this book was ok. It spends too much time focusing on Clark's human side and not enough on Clark's superside, but it's ok.  
I recommend people pick up Birthright if they want a great Superman comic. The end of that book made me fall in love with Superman all over again. =D 
Earth One is a 3 and a half out of 5 to me.  
Birthright is a 4 and a half. 

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#33 Posted by Omega-Man (828 posts) - - Show Bio

To be honest I wouldn't say this was aimed at teens but rather people of 20 to 23 years of age around that age you do feel lost and can't think of what you want to be for the rest of your life so this was on the nose for that aspect.
Another is do NOT say this is an origin story as it isn't an origin story for me but rather a story of finding yourself and what you are, it barely touched up on Krypton at all other than that it was destroyed by another alien race. 
Also does the title imply it's an origin story? can't say it does it has a few flash backs yes but it's hardly an origin story. And I'm happy to say that Lois did seem older than Clark because remember this isn't the normal Superman and if you have read up on the story on say the internet Clark is in fact 21, with any hope it won't have any romance between Clark and Lois since this is a totaly different universe and the whole Lois and Clark thing has been done to death. Not saying it's bad having Lois and Clark together but that does not need to happen in Earth one since it happens already in Earth 0 of current continuity books.

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#34 Posted by TheMess1428 (2211 posts) - - Show Bio
@sora_thekey said:
"Let me ask you this. Is Earth One somewhat like the Ultimate line for DC?"
That's what I was thinking. But some fans tried to say that All Star was the DC version of Ultimate. But that was unproven because of the fact that All Star Superman and All Star Batman are clearly in two separate universes. Maybe Batman: Earth One will be in the same universe as Superman: Earth One, but that will remain to be seen.
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#35 Posted by SevanGrim (2193 posts) - - Show Bio
 So far, DC has been avoiding anything like Ultimate lines. I don't think they like the idea at all.
 So far, everything they have done has been elseworlds and extended elsewolds. The All-Stars both began with an ending already in place, and they havent been "re-visited" since then. 
 its the same concept as. Old Man Logan. Marvel isnt going to be held to this vision of the future. Its just an interesting story they will never be able to write unless its out of continuity.  The All-Stars. Earth one. Same difference. 
 i dont get how people can hate this story for things that have been done else where a dozen times. Superman True Brit. There's that one where he grows up to be Batman. Red Son. All the same concept. But this one, which is written magnificently, suddenly isnt ok? People would really rather have a never ending re-write like the ultimates than these quick ones? i dont understand...
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#36 Edited by VanTesla (524 posts) - - Show Bio

This was truely a unnecessary comic origin of Superman...
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#37 Posted by -Vigil- (385 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm sad that such a superb artist and the world's best comic writer would be wasted on such an unoriginal story.

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#38 Posted by -Vigil- (385 posts) - - Show Bio

Uh... No pun intended.

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#39 Posted by carnivalofsins00 (1224 posts) - - Show Bio

i dont know if you guys know this, or read this anywhere, but from what i read on IGN, JMS left the two books to write a sequel Earth One. I dont know if you might want to check this out or not, but this is the link for where i read it.

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#40 Posted by daak1212 (8404 posts) - - Show Bio

Lol them saying he's lost just liek kids outta highschool made me laugh, because Im a senior in highschool who has no clue what he wants to do.
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#41 Posted by roadbuster (1159 posts) - - Show Bio

I honestly believe that this book is just part of DC's OGN initiative with no larger designs for Superman as a whole (thus its relative utility or "necessity" being not very relevant) which was successfully marketed given Katie Couric felt the need to weigh in on the national news while Didio did interviews with just about every press outlet discussing the book... and with chart-topping sales, it seems Earth One is achieving its goal. 
However, if I were managing the Superman mythos from top to bottom, you could see Earth One as a strategic move as well.  The largest category of dividends on the Superman IP is merchandising and the single largest piece of media which drives merchandising is a movie- not comics, not even cartoons- and DC needs to take the pulse of the public to determine what sort of film will resonate.  Superman is such a big, broad, and durable mythos that he means different things to different people and DC is getting mixed signals about what people want. 
All-Star Superman is critically acclaimed and seen as a landmark, yet filled with over-the-top trappings, a goofy Clark, a stalwart and nigh perfect Superman, and is essentially an end to Superman's career... yet Secret Origins is also appreciated, filled with Silver Age trappings, while being a shy, angry Superman... Man of Steel is about as "Marvel" as Superman gets, written by then Marvel superstar Byrne to be grounded, rationale, and streamlined... and Birthright takes the rationalization to another level creating detailed and plausible reasons for everything, but then throwing Smallville (TV series) influences in... For All Seasons tells the story with a bare minimum of facts- showing, not telling and leaving the larger mythos in your head to fill in the blanks.  Superman Returns, with its somewhat angsty hero, didn't resonate but Smallville manages to have more viewers than most of the books combined. 
So if you're DC and planning your next big feature Superman film, it might be tough to figure out if the public wants an old confident Superman, a young unsure Superman, a worldly Superman, or a farmboy Superman, etc.  Releasing a boot like Earth One with a pretty substantial tonal shift from most of what's out there could be one way of gauging public perception and picking a direction (or at least seeing what's viable... Earth One finding an audience and not getting shot down like, say, All-Star Batman).
That said, I don't think that's what they're doing and a single OGN isn't really a reliable measurement to go by... Earth One's success is as much about marketing and format as it is anything else.  I don't think Earth One illustrates where Superman- as a whole- is going or should go... but I think it demonstrates that there's a Superman for everyone out there and the myth is more adaptable than those with a particular preference or allegiance to one take may imagine.  So who "needs" this Superman?  Earth One essentially differs from past origin stories in one critical way: Clark doesn't want to be Superman and decides not to be until forced to (by Earth held hostage).  Earth One is for the audience who can't believe or understand someone wanting to be Superman unless there was no other choice  Not "my" Superman, but I'm glad they have a Superman now.

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#42 Posted by DanialCarroll (2540 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks and sounds really good, which is saying something seeing as I'm not a Superman fan. Is Earth One kind of like Marvel's Ultimate Universe? They re-did everyone's origins in that series to make them more "modern".

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#43 Posted by SevanGrim (2193 posts) - - Show Bio
@Danial79: no. DC isnt doing that. Dc doesnt have the money to fabricate a whole new line of comics. This is just another quick "what if" like Superman:The Last Family. Readers would have to be killing each other for Earth One before DC would consider it.
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#44 Posted by PowerHerc (86188 posts) - - Show Bio

Not necessary at all.
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#45 Posted by leokearon (1970 posts) - - Show Bio

Why do we need a whole lame Graphic novel when Grant Morrison did the Origin in 4 panels

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#46 Posted by thatlad (701 posts) - - Show Bio
@leokearon said:

Why do we need a whole lame Graphic novel when Grant Morrison did the Origin in 4 panels

What was that in?
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#47 Posted by deactivated-5c6600594117e (22316 posts) - - Show Bio
@Mainline: Great points on All Star Superman. IMHO it may be the closest thing to a true Reeves movie adaption that we get. I loved it and felt disappointed that it was only 12 issues. 
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#48 Posted by roadbuster (1159 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jake Fury: Thanks, but I tend to agree with Grant Morrison on this (Newsarama interview): 
"But...I think All Star is already complete, without sequels. You read that last issue and it works because you know you’re never going to see All Star Superman again. You’ll be able to pick up Superman books, but they won’t be about this guy and they won’t feel the same. He really is going away. Our Superman is actually “dying” in that sense, and that adds the whole series a deeper poignancy. " 
Not to say there aren't more potential stories (right before this quote he talks about the potential of a Superman Squad or [test-tube] Son of Superman stories) but the finality of it is a big part of its appeal and weight in my opinion... which doesn't necessarily make for a great film franchise meant to tell continuing or on-going stories.  Again, I don't think it's what DC's doing, but you could imagine a scenario where the release of All-Star Superman as a direct-2-disc animation and the release of Superman: Earth One in OGN format as DC trying to put out feelers and see what kind of Superman the people want.
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#49 Posted by marvelunivers_deleteme (336 posts) - - Show Bio
@Danial79: yeah thats really much it i think i'll read this one, you?
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#50 Posted by GC8 (2900 posts) - - Show Bio

You're right. Totally unnecessary.
How many Superman origin stories do we need? 
I understand D.C. may have to redo the origin from time to time - but I'd like to see it done only once/decade at most - and preferably once every 20 years would be ideal. If you need to retell it more than that, just reprint what has already been written/drawn already.

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