Forget everything you know about The Man of Steel and brace yourself for a staggering new take on the world s most popular Super HeroBest selling, Hugo Award winning writer J Michael Straczynski Thor, Babylonand red hot rising star artist Shane Davis Green Lantern, Superman Batman team up for this exciting launch of the Earth One graphic novel series Set in an all new continuity re imagining DC s top heroes, Earth One is a new wave of original, stand alone graphic novels produced by the top writers and artists in the industry The groundbreaking new line rockets into effect right here with the Super Hero who started it all Superman What would happen if the origin of The Man of Tomorrow were introduced today for the very first time Return to Smallville and experience the journey of Earth s favorite adopted son as he grows from boy to Superman like you ve never seen before This felt very much like the Man of Steel movie That isn t really a good thing I get that this Earth One books are supposed to be new, fresh takes on the origin stories of familiar heroes, but this one just felt off to me And there are plenty of aspects of the story that don t make much sense Since when is Clark enough of a genius that he can effortlessly solve equations that trained and experienced scientists have been struggling with for years Did it never occur to Clark that putting in a This felt very much like the Man of Steel movie That isn t really a good thing I get that this Earth One books are supposed to be new, fresh takes on the origin stories of familiar heroes, but this one just felt off to me And there are plenty of aspects of the story that don t make much sense Since when is Clark enough of a genius that he can effortlessly solve equations that trained and experienced scientists have been struggling with for years Did it never occur to Clark that putting in a literally superhuman performance at professional sports tryouts might make people a little too curious about him Why are his parents trying to steer him towards becoming a superhero Did Pa really ask a graphic designer friend to come up with the S logo Once Clark actually does become Superman, there s a couple dozen people who should have good, educated guesses as to his not terribly secret identity, but it doesn t look like any of them do.I did kind of like how Lois and Jimmy were handled Jimmy alone is a big upgrade over the Silver Age version, and acts the way an enterprising news photographer should And Lois is shown to be smart, capable, brave, and committed Everything that Lois should be I especially liked the hint that she knows good and well that Clark is Superman, but she s going to leave it alone for now But the two of them weren t enough to entirely save a book with a bland story and a bland hero Maybe they should ve made Geoff Johns do this series, because the Batman Earth One series is among my favorite graphic novels ever This story arc of Superman was not bad just to be clear, but nothing was interesting on the other hand Forgettable at best.Actually the whole thing felt a bit rushed It s like Stracyznski didn t give Superman the proper introduction that he deserved I m not a huge Superman fan, but I m not among the haters I don t think I ve ever read a Superman graphic novel, o Maybe they should ve made Geoff Johns do this series, because the Batman Earth One series is among my favorite graphic novels ever This story arc of Superman was not bad just to be clear, but nothing was interesting on the other hand Forgettable at best.Actually the whole thing felt a bit rushed It s like Stracyznski didn t give Superman the proper introduction that he deserved I m not a huge Superman fan, but I m not among the haters I don t think I ve ever read a Superman graphic novel, or even a single comic book issue, so that s why I was expecting to enjoy this Everything that I know about Superman would be because of the movies and the TV series animated This is not a good start for a Superman newbie.The artwork was commendable though I liked how they portrayed him, unlike some of the Justice League ones Am I the only one who can see a slight similarity to Spider man Seriously, the job that he chose closely resembled Spidey s Like I said though, I don t really know the original story of Superman, so I m not sure if I should complain about that in the first place.3 5 stars Mediocre but not terrible enough to make me steer away from the next volume Hopefully the next one would have a better plot development I don t like my graphic novels rushed the art is gorgeous a vivid palette, expert linework, by turns visceral and delicate, super stylish overall but for some reason, Shane Davis gives us a short, slender, eerie, vaguely asian Superman the writing is smart, the pacing works well, the ideas are compelling, the mysteries are intriguing but J Michael Straczynski gets it all wrong too this is not Superman and it is also not Earth One but I m not going to go there in this review many years back, Mark Gruenwald s ingenious Squa the art is gorgeous a vivid palette, expert linework, by turns visceral and delicate, super stylish overall but for some reason, Shane Davis gives us a short, slender, eerie, vaguely asian Superman the writing is smart, the pacing works well, the ideas are compelling, the mysteries are intriguing but J Michael Straczynski gets it all wrong too this is not Superman and it is also not Earth One but I m not going to go there in this review many years back, Mark Gruenwald s ingenious Squadron Supreme reboot was a clever, challenging take on the Justice League and pushed superhero stories in directions that had seldom been traveled before it had similar ideas to but actually preceded Watchmen 15 years later, Straczynski s sinister re reboot Supreme Power went to even darker andextreme places and was often equally excellent I highly recommend both series.anyway, Squadron Supreme s version of Superman is Hyperion Straczynski s Hyperion is truly eerie he s detached, he s cold, he s unsettling and ambiguous and unknowable and alien he s highly disturbing a disturbing Superman I loved it.but now Straczynski gives us a Superman who is basically his Hyperion Hyperion is fascinating as a creepy alternate version of Superman, particularly in series that are bent on deconstructing various comic book tropes but Superman does not equal Hyperion I m surprised that Straczynski doesn t seem to understand that I haven t read a lot of Superman comic books so I can t really compare this to anything, aside from the movie adaptations that is But I absolutely love how they showed this side of Superman Superman, for me, was unstoppable force He was the person we all would never be He is strong Has superhuman strength Is also super smart What else is there Whatcan this guy want He was basically a god But of course, that wasn t all this was Kal el has a lot of weaknesses And this story actua I haven t read a lot of Superman comic books so I can t really compare this to anything, aside from the movie adaptations that is But I absolutely love how they showed this side of Superman Superman, for me, was unstoppable force He was the person we all would never be He is strong Has superhuman strength Is also super smart What else is there Whatcan this guy want He was basically a god But of course, that wasn t all this was Kal el has a lot of weaknesses And this story actually showed us that THE THINGS I LIKED The humanity that they have added to Superman s character The internal struggles that he had when deciding what was right and what was wrong Would he do it because it was the right thing for everyone or would be do what is right for him I loved seeing that in a character Whether in books, graphic novels, or movies I love a good character arc and this one is one of them The illustrations were gorgeous I ll be looking forward toworks by Shane Davis I like that page where people were interviewed after the encounter with Tyrelle There was one guy who made the reference to another Ubermensch in history that didn t go too well I liked the dialogues There were some that were really meaningful morals and could be applied to anyone THE THINGS I DIDN T LIKE The reason why he was called Superman was a bit cheesy I thought the plot line was pretty predictable We all know Superman was going to make the right decision But, it wasn t too bad that it made me hate this FINAL THOUGHTS All in all, I really loved this I can t wait to read the other volumes I ll definitely look forward to other works by Stracszynski I saw he made a few for Marvel too I d definitely pick those up too