• From GEOFF JOHNS and GARY FRANK, the acclaimed team behind SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN and the SHAZAM! stories in JUSTICE LEAGUE!

• In the tradition of SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, this spectacular original graphic novel gives new insight into BRUCE WAYNE’S transformation into BATMAN and his first year as THE DARK KNIGHT.

• In this all new take on the Batman mythos, Bruce Wayne is on the hunt for his parents’ killer. His target? The Mayor of Gotham City!

• Plus, who is Alfred Pennyworth – and why is he so determined to put an end to the Batman?

Story by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank

Price: $22.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 6.2%


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Avg Rating: 4.5
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  1. Yay! another Batman origin story!


  2. Two reliable creators – I’m in.

    It can’t be worse that Superman: Earth One anyway…

    • That doesn’t make me too optimistic!

      I never read Superman EO because it didn’t look great. Don’t want to buy a $20 comic unless it’s great. So I will wait and see with this one.

  3. The Superman: Earth One was ok. Nothing crazy, but fun. I think this’ll be the same.

  4. It’s happening? It’s actually happening!?!?!

  5. So how long until “Book 2”? A year? Two? Three? I think the problem with these “Earth One” books is that they take way too long to come out! There should be two a year, as when you wait years between books, you either forget what happened or stop caring.

    • The owner of my LCS told me that this has actually been done for about six months, but they waited until now to release alongside the movie. So maybe the next one won’t take quite so long… hopefully.

  6. So which earth is the New 52 continuity in?

  7. Superman: Earth One was only okay but I’m pumped for this.

  8. Definitely going to read this soon.

    Gary Frank man…I wish he could do an ongoing series again.

  9. By DC’s own standards, this should be called Batman: Earth 1. The Superman book should have also been named accordingly.

    “Earth One” was the main Earth where most books took place pre-Crisis. Now most Earth One stuff has been transferred to the new main Earth, “New Earth” or “Earth 0.”

    How did that ever get past the editors?

  10. Avatar photo Jacen Chris (@jcbhatestweeter) says:

    Can’t wait to read this. The rare shot at Batman by Johns makes me excited.

  11. Holy shit! That was amazing. An origin story that is actually as good, if not better, than Year One.

  12. Its great and I’m glad it got over 25%, but should a graphic novel really be eligible for POTW? Just seems unfair considering the size allows for so much more content…

  13. Presumably, this isn’t available digitally?

  14. I wish some of the iFanboy staff can review this. I loved Josh and Paul’s reviews of Superman: Earth One.

    • Avatar photo Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      I seem to have a minority opinion in that I did not like it very much, aside from some great Gary Frank art. My short review goes like this:

      Some terrific art from Gary Frank does little to elevate a slight and underwhelming revision of the Batman origin. Most characters are cyphers, their significance largely dependent on previous experience with the mythos, even in their new context. I grew really frustrated with the over reliance on fan service, with so many winking character introductions and reveals. Too much emphasis is placed on these ironic reversals that it distracts from any new ground being covered. Wonderful visuals aside, it all pales in comparison to its closest analogue, Batman: Year One (a decidedly evergreen comic).

  15. This is no Batman Year One but i don’t think it was trying to be, it never could be. It was much lighter although pretty dark in subjects it touched on. It is elseworlds and in that i welcome it. I had fun reading it, i didn’t feel like i was reading a new origin for Batman just a new take on it that is never meant to be taken forward into greater mythos. I was thinking about the movies the other day and what will they do next without Nolan, and this is the sort of thing i think they should do, change the style, they can’t beat Nolan’s films at being Nolan’s films. so make a great and serious, but more action orientated version of it. just lighten them a bit without making them light. I felt this a sort of treatment in Comic book format. I enjoyed it and had great fun reading this single issue telling of a classic tale. The are was gorgeous and fitted in with the feel of the book. A lighter shade of dark.

  16. Pick it up against my better judgement, but my friendly comic store guy told me he would give me a refund next week if I didn’t like it (and kept it in nice shape). It was very nice of him, but I don’t think I could take him up on that offer, even if I really hated this book.

    But I hope I like it.

  17. So you can’t buy this digitally…. but it’s supposed to be for new readers? How dumb are DC and Marvel? Do they realize all the new readers in the universe are not in Barnes and Noble and your local comic shop? Absurd.

  18. One of my favorites parts in this was the mysterious Bane-like muscled beast traveling around delivering birthday cakes to people, telling them to make a wish right before he kills them. Good, creepy stuff!

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