Superman: Earth One (Review)
by Brian Tudor
The NY Post insinuated Superman: Earth One is ”Twilight” for Superman. They couldn’t be farther from the truth about J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis’ run at a reimaging of Superman’s origins. Is he lanky? Yes. Does he wear skinny jeans? Yes. Is that the style of today? Yes. The new Clark Kent is 20 years old, with the problems of any super 20 year old that can do almost anything.
What Straczynski does so well in this book is introduce the Man of Tomorrow in today’s world. That is exactly what this Clark Kent is… the Man of Tomorrow. He is in search of who and what he is, hoping he will find the answers not unlike any other young man or woman. I think what sets this Clark and Superman apart from other tellings (besides the skinny jeans), is the overwhelming need to take care of Ma Kent above all else.
Every time a new version of Superman comes out I desperately hope Jonathan Kent is alive, he adds soul, heart and the everyman to this story of a man who can leap tall buildings in a single bound. I was disappointed to find Pa Kent dead already when the story starts. I found it even more disheartening that he was the one pushing Clark to step out into the light and share his gifts from beyond the grave.
Ok, I don’t want to give the whole book away with too many spoilers, so I’m just going to give you my thoughts over all in a few bullets:
- The art is in this book is great. Shane Davis really out did himself in creating a Superman for the 21st century.
- The story is very new and fresh, not just variations of the original origin or Richard Donner’s film version.
- Jimmy Olsen is kind of a bad ass in this story (read it, you’ll see why).
- This story sets it self up well for continuation, but I would like to see it come out in this save format maybe 4 times a year.
- The price tag is steep at $20, but it is well worth the price. You will not be disappointed
- This is not the Twilight version of Superman, plain and simple.
- Make sure you read Clark’s “interview” with Superman at the end of the book, for the first time ever we get to see just why Perry White took a chance on a kid from Smallville.
Well, that’s all I’m going to say for now. Please let me know what you thought of the story in the comments section, I’ll do my best to respond to everyone. I am by no means a huge fan of Superman, but this story goes a long way towards changing my mind.
– Brian Tudor (follow me on Twitter @briantudor)