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A 2011 Great Graphic Novel for Teens (YALSA)
Clark Kent, fresh out of school, moves from small town Smallville to big city Metropolis to find his place in the world. Isolated and alone, an orphaned alien with super powers that keep him apart from the rest of the world, he struggles to decide the best course for his life. Should he be a star athlete, a brilliant scientist, a successful businessman, or a reporter at the struggling Daily Planet newspaper? Or should he use his powers for the betterment of mankind? But when the Earth is attacked by an alien superpower, looking for Clark, he must choose between surrender or embracing his destiny and becoming Earth’s greatest hero: Superman.
J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of Babylon 5, joins forces with rising star artist Shane Davis to create this original graphic novel that gives rewrites Superman’s history, making him original and exciting for a new generation of readers.
“This is a Superman for the 21st century. With Superman: Earth One, Straczynski and Davis inject the folk tale and legend that is Superman’s origin with a modern, vital and forward-looking energy that makes for a refreshing, epic and challenging super-hero adventure. . . . Superman: Earth One channels the best tales of Superman with a look toward the future, by two of the brightest talents the industry has to offer.”–Film
“Excellent.... From its poignant domestic moments, delivered in mostly warm, fuzzy flashbacks, to its blockbuster battles, Straczynski’s Superman: Earth One renders like a feature film just waiting for adaptation. “–Wired
“What do you get when you combine Twilight and a classic superhero? The new Superman.”–The Hollywood Reporter
“The new Superman doesn’t sparkle, but he does brood and smolder. Artist Shane Davis has created a moody 20 year-old version of the iconic hero who rocks a hipster look.”–New York Press
“Davis provides sleek figures, intense detail, and subtle integration of current hairstyles and fashions (including a nip and tuck to the old supersuit itself) that do the lion’s share of the contemporizing … [and] Straczynski . . . distinguishes the work, humanizing the dynamic between characters and adding a compelling twist of melancholy to young Clark Kent’s search for purpose.”–Booklist