Superman: Earth One, Volume 2

Superman: Earth One, Volume 2

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by J. Michael Straczynski, Shane Davis
     
 

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A New York Times Best Seller!

Following the events of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling graphic novel by acclaimed writer Michael J. Straczynski and superstar artist Shane Davis, comes the long awaited sequel SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2!

Young Clark Kent continues his journey toward becoming the World's Greatest Super Hero, but finds dealing with

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A New York Times Best Seller!

Following the events of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling graphic novel by acclaimed writer Michael J. Straczynski and superstar artist Shane Davis, comes the long awaited sequel SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2!

Young Clark Kent continues his journey toward becoming the World's Greatest Super Hero, but finds dealing with humanity to be a bigger challenge than he ever imagined! From a ruthless dictator to a new love interest who's NOT Lois Lane, things are never easy for this emerging Man of Steel.

And the worst is yet to come, in the form of a man-monster with an insatiable appetite, the Parasite! The only thing that might appease his hunger is The Last Son of Kryptonian! But that will also mean he will have Superman's powers without his conscience, and Kal-El cannot come anywhere near him, even though he has to stop him!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This sequel to the bestselling first volume is intended as a sort of “Superman 101,” a graphic novel meant for someone who hasn’t extensively read comics before. Too bad, then, that it’s not likely to inspire a need to read further. In volume two, Clark Kent starts his double career as reporter at the Daily Planet and as Superman. The plot is straightforward and updated (Jimmy Olsen writes a blog), but there’s nothing extraordinary enough to make this anything beyond a capable Superman tale. Additions to the established mythos swerve into cliché: a hooker with a heart of gold is Clark’s new neighbor; Superman defeats a dictator by inspiring oppressed citizens to rise up. Davis’s art is crisp and energetic, especially in extended fight sequences, and an epilogue sets up the next volume with a clever and unexplored twist on Lex Luthor. This is an enjoyable Superman story, even if uninspiring for new readers. (Nov.)
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“Eisner Award winner Straczynski (Babylon 5; Amazing Spider-Man) does more than contemporize Superman’s story: his hero is a wild card who grew up alienated and isolated, whose human parents’ wishes for him are more about self-actualization than doing good deeds, and whose birth parents have tasked him with avenging Krypton against its enemies…Davis’s artwork combines classic superhero design with contemporary detail and a slightly dark edge. Fine stuff.”—Library Journal
Library Journal
Superman's origin has been reimagined many times over the years, most recently in DC's "New 52" reboot (LJ 11/15/12), Geoff Johns's lackluster Superman: Secret Identity, and this compelling series. In the first volume, Krypton's destroyers track that world's last survivor to Earth and threaten to destroy this planet as well, forcing a young Clark Kent to step up to its defense and publicly reveal his powers. Here, he's pitted against a new, serial-killer version of the energy-draining Parasite, a villain who opens up new possibilities to the U.S. government's quest for a potential countermeasure in case Superman ever goes rogue. VERDICT Eisner Award winner Straczynski (Babylon 5; Amazing Spider-Man) does more than contemporize Superman's story; his hero is a wild card who grew up alienated and isolated, whose human parents' wishes for him are more about self-actualization than doing good deeds, and whose birth parents have tasked him with avenging Krypton against its enemies. And his new girlfriend, Lisa Lasalle, has a shameful secret that has nothing to do with aliens, villains, or super-science. Davis's artwork combines classic superhero design with contemporary detail and a slightly dark edge. Fine stuff.—S.R.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401231965
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
204,385
Product dimensions:
6.88(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI has worked in television, comics and, most recently, motion pictures. In comics, he is known for The Amazing Spider-Man, The Twelve, Thor and Silver Surfer: Requiem, as well as SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE Volumes 1 & 2 and BEFORE WATCHMEN for DC Comics. He is the creator of the hit TV series Babylon 5, and was nominated for the 2009 Best Writer Eisner Award. In movies, he is known for writing films including Changeling, Thor and a forthcoming reinterpretation of Forbidden Planet.

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Superman: Earth One, Volume 2 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JACKFL More than 1 year ago
The first volume of this book re-imagined the creation of Superman in an updated world and gave readers a look into the "why" he chose to don the symbolic "S" on his chest. The second volume depicts Superman's battle with himself, the world, and Parasite, a serial-killing super-powered human that gains strength as he steals energy from humans, electrics, cars, and even Superman himself. Stracynzski has taken the Perry White character and developed him into a mentor for Clark Kent the journalist, instead of just the tough boss. He has also added another love interest, Lisa Lasalle, Clark's redheaded next-door neighbor. While Clark has another love interest Lois Lane is not forgotten as she investigates a story only she notices. Jimmy Olsen is a Crazy do-anything-for-the-picture photographer. Shane Davis and Sandra Hope have done an amazing job in this phenomenally drawn comic. The book is edgy,colorful, and both Parasite and Superman look tremendous. The battle scenes in Earth One Volume 2 may seem short-lived and quick, but their point is made and drawn beautifully. Clark is challenged on a number of different levels as he determines what he will and will not do with his both powers. Parasite that brings him down to Earth in miserable fashion, two of his neighbors suffering from their own societal ills, and a brutal dictator of a war-torn country brings into question the political significance of Superman. the main focus of the book is to explore Clark Kent's mind. Drawn in by Clark's human feelings readers are offered a look into his past and what went into his becoming Superman. I highly recommend this Story to anyone who enjoyed "creation of" or "evolution of" a hero story lines in the past, this one is with the best.
ioniccharge More than 1 year ago
A terrific contuation of the modern story telling of a classic and timeless hero where this not some stab at money but a trully thought out book with a character that is trully grwoing up and expanding as the pages turn from the lonlies of adult hood to the joyes of first time experinces of single life this a great book the blurs the line from comic to true novel with the just the write pace of action and character development this trully story telling at its finest
IanC More than 1 year ago
Better then the first book! This second volume in this new series gives us a more classic view of Superman while allowing Clark to blossom into a fuller personality. We see a little bit more of Clark's past and why he tends to keep people at arms length. What it was like growing up "special" and how he begins to develop a persona with the help of an attractive new neighbor! Meanwhile Lois may be uncovering Clark's secret! Allowing us to see more of her investigative reporter skills. Superman's dealings with a dictator highlight the problems inherit with international relations for a super-hero and a certain arch nemesis makes a brief cameo!
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Yeah, it continued!
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THis was a present for my husband. He said he loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MORE MORE MORE MORE!!!!!!!!!!! Supes has never been this intresting to me. This guy is cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is Superman super because of his power or because of what he does with it? This book begins to explore that question and the ramifications of being in the world. The story is intense and the artwork amazing. I look forward to the next volume.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful read that showcases everything one can love about Superman. The hero that is selfless. The man that tries to fit in with society. The power of the most powerful being on the planet. The characters that surround Superman and Clark. This was a great follow up to volume one but even better in some ways. I hope we get a volume 3!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definatly cheaper to buy it on the nook than the hardcover. Its a decent sequel but in my opinon it needs more action in this one.
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