Superman: Earth One

{4.5/5} “But there are things you can do that nobody else can. Important things. Things that can mean the difference between life and death for a whole lot of people.”

Clark Kent has been struggling with what to do with his life — his parents always wanted him to do what makes him happy. He’s not sure he wants to reveal his powers to the world, because he knows he will then be alone. But soon after Clark moves to Metropolis some aliens show up looking for him — and they’re willing to destroy everyone on Earth to find him.

Superman: Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis was published in two parts in 2010 and 2012. A third volume is forthcoming.

I haven’t read many other Superman comics — in general I think Batman and Spider-Man are more interesting characters — so I don’t know how it compares, but this is a great set of graphic novels.

While Clark is becoming Superman, the military is secretly examining the ship that he came to Earth in.

Straczynski’s writing has humour and it has a main character who lives his life in a thoughtful way.

I also like Shane Davis’s artwork a lot.

I’m not a big follower of Superman, but I am a big follower of Straczynski. Straczynski’s run on The Amazing Spider-Man is indeed amazing. He’s also the writer of the movie Changeling and creator of the TV show Babylon 5.

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