Forget everything you know about The Man of Steel and brace yourself for a staggering new take on the world’s most popular Super Hero.

Best-selling, Hugo Award-winning writer J. Michael Straczynski (BRAVE AND THE BOLD, Thor, Babylon 5) and red-hot rising star artist Shane Davis (GREEN LANTERN, SUPERMAN/BATMAN) team up for this exciting launch of the EARTH ONE graphic novel series. Set in an all-new continuity re-imagining DC’s top heroes, EARTH ONE is a new wave of original, stand-alone graphic novels produced by the top writers and artists in the industry. The groundbreaking new line rockets into effect right here with the Super Hero who started it all – Superman!

What would happen if the origin of The Man of Tomorrow were introduced today for the very first time? Return to Smallville and experience the journey of Earth’s favorite adopted son as he grows from boy to Superman like you’ve never seen before!


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  1. "Hoodies are so in right now …" – Mugatoo

    I for one, would like to see Kal-El wearing a peacoat.

  2. The preview pages of this looked really good.  I am very tempted to pick this up.  

  3. Hipster Superman? "Taking the train is so…retro. You know?"

  4. The reviews have been troubling. Seems JMS did what every one expected him to do, turn Superman into a generic angsty jackass.

  5. Shane Davis’ art looks kinda stiff to me usually, but this Superman seems to have bit of an edge to him, might check this out.

  6. Very hopeful for this. I never seem to be able to get into the standard DCU (except for green lantern) so the thought of a fresh start is very appealing to someone like me.

  7. I’ve also read a few mixed reviews, will trade wait

  8. @rjspring This is a trade so the wait is over lol.

  9. @s1: I think he meant wait for the cheaper paperback trade. 

  10. I’m going to wait for the soft cover on this one.  The art looked great, but I’m not sure I need this story right now.

  11. Sorry, yes the paperback is what I’d wait for…

  12. Its only $13 on amazon with free 2 day shipping for prime users and no tax. how much cheaper could you want? lol

  13. yes, because JMS has such as awesome trace record on superman 

  14. but, hey, you know what? i give something like this to my brothers and i bet they love it 

  15. Got this from DCBS for $10. At that price, I can just flip it to break even if it sucks.

  16. JMS’s Superman has been fantastic so far, and now I get to see a much better artist do his script.

    I am a bit nervous to read it though since the reviews have been overly negative so far. But I like how JMS is making Superman read much different than previous writers have. 

  17. i’m excited for this. These Earth One books will be the only comics I buy from Marvel/DC.

  18. I’m intrigued. But don’t have high hopes. JMS has let me down one too many times.

  19. JMS is involved so haters are gonna hate (see above) – but I will be giving it a try.

  20. I’m ordering this from amazon like @thompsonlive suggested, Can’t beat that price and you’re helping out ifanboy as well

  21. barnes and noble has this @ $10.79 free shipping if you are a member and there is a free trail member ship.


  22. Because I’m a trade-waiter, I’m reading this before I get both Straczynski’s run on Superman and Geoff Johns’ Superman: Secret Origin, even though it came out after them. Kinda odd.

  23. @RapidEye  Same here, although i probably won’t read JMS’s Superman run because that storyline doesn’t spark my interest but this one does and so does the secret origin. I just don’t want to read secret origin before this for some reason

  24. LOL amazon just lowered the price to $11 for the hardcover. Looks like barnes and nobles and amazon are in a tiny price war on this.

  25. the creative team intrigues me.However, do I really need to read yet another take on his orgin?

  26. When the hell is Brave and Te Bold coming back!? It just started getting good and then it doesn’t come out for months!

  27. @jesse1125 For me i’m not looking at it as an origin story. I’m looking at it as the start of what could be the best thing that has ever happened to DC, a continuity free universe. Where a friend can say to me "Hey I want to read some DC super hero books" and I can say no problem just buy any book with "Earth One" on it and you’re done. I wont have to explain 70 years of continuity and who 90% of the people on the pages are for them to even read the first page. Hell even I’ve been attempting to read DC comics for over a year now (20+ hardcovers) and I still dont even know what half the shit is, in that worthless continuity marred universe. In my opinion it’s next to impossible for new readers to even think about reading standard DC universe stuff.

  28. Not to say there isnt fun to be had and great stories at DC. It just seems to me that unless you’ve been reading standard DCU stuff for 5-10 years or more then you’re really not going to be able to appreciate very much of it.

  29. @thompsonlive: I’ve met hundreds of people who say otherwise. Your perception of DC is mighty skewed.

  30. @conor maybe. I’ve really tried to get into it but I just cant seem to. I have a whole shelf of hardcovers of DC books (i followed a newcomers guide and everything) and the only thing I enjoyed was the green lantern stuff and a few random batman books. Everything else (to me at least) seemed WAY to anchored to OLD continuity for me to appreciate what was happening. A friend of mine felt the same way. I’m not saying I speak for all newcomers but it feels this way to me at least.

  31. I don’t think you necessarily need to be constrained by continuity to enjoy DC books, I mean seems a bit unreasonable to me to expect someone to even attempt to know 70 years of continuity just to enjoy DC comics, sounds tiring by itself actually.

    All you need is a love for the characters, and it all starts with the trinity of Supes, Batman, and Wonder Woman.  With Supes, he’s so iconic, do you really need continuity to enjoy his comics?  I mean just watch the first couple of Donner movies fer chrissake.  As for Batman, the essential reads for me are Batman: Year One, Dark Knight Returns/Strikes Again, and The Killing Joke.  And then with Wonder Woman, c’mon, you didn’t watch Linda Carter?  Ok then, that’s TV, so just read Rucka’s run on her, that’s all you need to enjoy the character, and then to put it all together, read the Crisis books, esp On Infinite Earths, that’s it man, that’s all you need!

  32. i find dc is easier to just pick me a story and just read. 

     everyone knows enough about the dc characters to just pick up a random story and enjoy it if it is an enjoyable read.

  33. Just finished reading Superman Earth One. Its not going to bring any non Superman fans in, its not exactly the re-imaging of Superman I thought it was gong to be, but I would be lying if I didn’t enjoy every minute of reading it. Amazing art and a story that was truly inspiring to me. I haven’t been inspired like this from reading a comic book in a long time. Really I think I liked it so much was because I related to Superman so much in there. I’m going through the same thing Clark was going through in the story. It just stuck a cord with me. 

  34. Really liked it and this has always been JMSs strength, beginning new stories.  Luckily with this one he won’t be expected to finish the story. It’s open ended forever, I hope.

  35. Anyone have any idea why all online orders (amazom, b&n, dcbs) got pushed back till Nov 2nd for this? It’s really annoying me

  36. It might be because the book already sold out and it going to a second printing. 

  37. Yeah i’m not getting this until Nov 3 apparently. sucks

  38. I really enjoyed this volume and found some of the quieter, more introspective moments that took up most of the first half to be deeply moving and memorable. Shane Davis and the rest of the art team really hit a home run on this, in my opinion, and I really dig JMS’ characterization of Clark. I’m pretty sure I’m going to remember some of the moments from this story for a long, long time.

    Here’s to hoping there’s a sequel. 🙂

  39. i like it 4 out of 5 on story 5 out of five on art.

  40. Finally got my copy in. Really liked it art was fantastic and story was a lot of fun.

  41. great art and great story want more

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