Many moons ago, DC Comics announced their Earth One line of original graphic novels featuring top tier creative talent working free from regular continuity and designed for books stores and the ever elusive general market.
Superman: Earth One, written by J. Michael Straczynski, was released in 2010 and, despite decidedly mixed reviews, was apparently a big sales success.
(You’ve got to believe that the success of a non-DCU continuity Superman OGN helped smooth the way for the New 52.)
The original announcement included Batman: Earth One by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, but despite a few character designs that were released, not much has been heard about the book since. Many wondered if it would ever see the light of day.
Today, DC Comics released some actual preview pages on their blog. So, I guess it’s really happening.
Here’s what Geoff Johns had to say on the blog: “Gary [Frank] and I are tackling Batman from the beginning, before he knows what he’s doing and with a very different ultimate goal in mind. He’s never left Gotham. And our Gotham and the people in it are very gray. Our heroes unlikely. Our villains hidden. Our story is only beginning with volume one.”
And Gary Frank: “It’s essentially the first piece of the jigsaw. He’s not the Batman people know, but he might be one day. He’s certainly not yet a superhero. The fun is to watch him piece the persona together drawing on his experiences and the influences of those around him and, at this stage, the idea of becoming a ‘superhero’ hasn’t even entered his head.”
Amazon lists Batman: Earth One as being released in July. Who knows when it will hit comic book stores.