Batman: Earth One

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Geoff Johns, the writer of BLACKEST NIGHT, GREEN LANTERN and INFINITE CRISIS re-teams with superstar artist Gary Frank, his collaborator on SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN, SUPERMAN:BRAINIAC and SUPERMAN & THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, to create this original graphic novel that gives new insight into Bruce Wayne's transformation into Batman and his first year as The Dark Knight. This follow-up to the # 1 New York Times bestseller, SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis is the latest in the ...

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Overview

Geoff Johns, the writer of BLACKEST NIGHT, GREEN LANTERN and INFINITE CRISIS re-teams with superstar artist Gary Frank, his collaborator on SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN, SUPERMAN:BRAINIAC and SUPERMAN & THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, to create this original graphic novel that gives new insight into Bruce Wayne's transformation into Batman and his first year as The Dark Knight. This follow-up to the # 1 New York Times bestseller, SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis is the latest in the series that features the industry's top writers and illustrators and their unique takes on DC's characters. It's the perfect book for new readers of graphic novels as well as longtime comic book fans.

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In this alternate Batman prehistory, Bruce Wayne is a fallible young man mourning his dead parents and contemplating his revenge. The addition to the DC: Earth One line places the hero's origins in an updated, modern setting. It arrives with true synchronicity: The Dark Knight Rises film lands in theatres on July 20th.

Publishers Weekly
Have you heard the one about the orphaned millionaire who dresses up like a bat? Of course you have. The irony of Batman is that he’s one of the most high-profile superheroes ever, despite his dark and mysterious demeanor in comics. Johns’s effort is sold as a reimagining, but it’s essentially the same story that’s been retold for the past 70 years. Bruce Wayne seeks revenge for his parents’ murders against the backdrop of a crime-ridden Gotham City, with a few cosmetic updates, such as Alfred the Butler being portrayed as a grizzled military veteran who trains Bruce Wayne with tough love, and the Penguin as the corrupt mayor of Gotham City. The trappings are gritty, but there’s not a lot of suspense surrounding them—you know who the villains are and you know they are going to be disposed of. Nor are there interesting character revelations about Batman, with Johns preferring to focus on other characters more closely. Frank’s art adds interesting realistic touches without verging too far from Batman’s comic book ambience. The book is definitely appropriate for newer fans who haven’t read or seen this origin story a thousand times already, or casual readers influenced by the Christopher Nolan movies who want to dip their toes in the comics. (July)
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"After successfully re-imagining the Man of Steel in Superman: Secret Origin, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have unleashed their talents on Bruce Wayne and proven, once again, that under the right stewardship, the Batman legend is endlessly malleable. Alfred as a former Royal Marine. The Penguin as a genuinely creepy and sadistic villain. Awesome."—David S. Goyer, co-writer of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, and Man of Steel

“For the first time in a long time, you can see Batman's eyes. That may seem like a minor change. It's not. Johns and Frank know that the real appeal of Batman is what hides within him. Now they're letting us take a brand new, breathtaking peek ... inside and out.”—Brad Meltzer

"Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be a fresh take on Batman, along come Johns & Frank to prove you extraordinarily wrong. Original, surprising and emotional, Batman: Earth One is a must-read."—Damon Lidelof, co-creator and executive producer of Lost

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401232085
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 89,757
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Johns is Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. He has written highly acclaimed stories starring Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Teen Titans and The Justice Society of America. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling graphic novels GREEN LANTERN: RAGE OF THE RED LANTERNS, GREEN LANTERN: SINESTRO CORPS WAR, JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA: THY KINGDOM COME and SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC, and is the author of DC Comics' biggest, most recent events, BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY. Johns has also written episodes of the TV series Smallville and Robot Chicken.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

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    By Far My Favorite Batman Comic

    This is by far my favorite Batman comic I have ever read. It does what it says, it shows Batman in a new way. It shows a little more back story, which I always look for, and fail to find in many Batman comics.

    I like the variety and differences in how the characters are from the way that they are usually portrayed. It makes me see Batman as more of a regular person, more humane, more relatable. Batman isn’t perfect, he's not “super”, and that’s how he should be thought as. Imperfect. They also made Alfred a freaking bad ass, so obviously it’s a great comic. I’m definitely reading the next in this series. It’s on the top of my wish list.

    ARC reviewed by Kole for Book Sake.

    23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    Please ignore the negative reviews that were based on how differ

    Please ignore the negative reviews that were based on how different this Batman is and that it changes the origin. This is the story of Batman on Earth One, which is an alternate earth and that is why it's different. The Batman we all know is the Batman of Earth Zero. There is also a Batman on Earth 2 and on up to Earth 52. There are 52 alternate Earths in the DC Universe. This book was awesome and I highly recommend to any long time Batman fans. Just remember it's the Batman of Earth One not Earth Zero and you will be fine.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Rewrite

    This doesn't tell more of batman's back story, it changes it completely. Really, it's more of a backstory on Alfred than on batman. For batman, it creates a whole new story line about his childhood and transition to batman. If you're a fan of the batman story, you are going to be shaking your head like watching a movie based on a book that is nothing like the book.

    7 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Fun read

    Jeoff Johns does it again. It's a really cool take on the batman world.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    Very cool

    Its very fast paced read, and a fresh take the Batman legend.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Great preview.

    I loved this preview and am buying the graphic novel at my local comic book store this weekend.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Rick on July, 29 2012

    It is an awesome book

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    I liked it

    It was a nice twist on batman hope they come out with volume 2

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    AWSOME

    Cool book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    This is why we read comics. This is why we read batman.

    I barely read the opening sample so far. And even with a mythology i know backwards and forewards by now i was still on seag edge reading this piece. Gothic art. Maturely represented character images. A dark edgy feeling in the art alone. And the syory telling.........yeah. this is why we read. A spell is being cast.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Sad

    Such gloomy story that is messed up. I don't suggest getting it unless all you want is talking. Good art though.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    I liked it

    I like the preview and look like a good story

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Connor

    That day that Connor died was truly forgiven.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Me likey

    Top notch Batman story.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Great story to this Batman but...

    It felt kind of short and whether that was because I was engrossed and didn't notice the time fly...or it was just slightly smaller than regular hardcover I think people would like to be into a story a bit longer. Now it is well written and well drawn and Im sure many fans are much more likely to enjoy it than not so I still give it high marks.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    A classic

    Johns does it again! A new take on the legend of batman. A must read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    Cute Ifreaked, footin ff foggy_ff

    Txt t

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    Not the same ole Batman

    This isn't the well trained elite fighting Batman we have become accustomed too. On Earth One he is more like a character from Kick-Ass in the Batman universe who is out shined by a great Alfred. Still a fun story with some nice hooks for future work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    I really like batman comics!!!

    He is so cool i love it lolol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Abductor

    The sholters family had been busy, and Bonnie and Matt are getting ready for school. Well Mrs.Sholters had been married twice. A guy named Denny and an unkown guy. Mrs.sholters got a divorce and mrs.sholters got pregnant, but daniel didnt know. He found out so while Matt a little 6yrold went to use the restoom denny his father that he didn't know. He had dressed up like a UPS guy and signed in at the office. He had waited for matt in the hall to take him when school would be done by room 127. It found out that denny caught Matt in the hallway. Denny had said he needed to pick matt up because there dog pookie got hurt, but it was a lie. So matt went and pookie seemed fine. So they traveles to dennys gouse and on the way there denny gave matt chocolate which he was allergic too. So matt had some and he gave some to pookie. Pookie threw up and denny ceaned the car out at the park and left pookie behind.then his sistee found matt and tgey survived

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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