Batman

Batman

Earth One

Graphic Novel - 2010
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A dark knight for a new generation. You only think you know his story. Batman is not a hero. He is just a man. Fallible, vulnerable, and angry. In a Gothan City where friend and foe are indistinguishable, Bruce Wayne's path toward becoming the Dark Knight is riddled with more obstacles than ever before. Focused on punishing his parents' true killers, and the corrupt police that allowed them to go free, Bruce Wayne's thirst for vengeance fuels his mad crusade and no one, not even Alfred, can stop him.
Publisher: New York :, DC Comics,, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781401232085
1401232086
Branch Call Number: GN Y BATM
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Frank, Gary 1969-
Sibal, Jon
Kane, Bob
Alternative Title: Earth one

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duane767
Mar 13, 2019

Excellent, particularly the take on Harvey Bullock.

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wnoack
Jun 23, 2018

Johns and Frank have created a more than worthy follow-up to Volume 1 of their Batman origin reimagining in this sequel tale. Relationships are renewed and evolve (Gordon and Bullock's being a personal favourite); classic villains are more menacing than ever; and new characters are once again seamlessly injected into this very realistic take on Gotham. After Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, I wasn't expecting to see any future iteration of Batman to be able to ground the universe into reality any further, but after Johns had Batman complain over what Alfred was preparing for dinner after a long battle, I couldn't help but to chuckle and think 'yes, he may be Batman, but he's still very much a real person.'

My only criticism of this volume is a scene towards the end of the story, where the action feels a little rushed, compared to the pacing of the rest of the book. Given that this arc focuses on Batman honing his detective abilities, I thought the ending might have been better served if it was a bit more methodical on Batman's end - but perhaps the creators simply wanted to keep the action as fast-paced and action-packed as possible.

Otherwise, if you were a fan of Earth One: Batman - Vol 1, Vol 2 is another must-read.

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wnoack
Jun 22, 2018

Batman: Earth One is a unique reimagining of Bruce Wayne's origin story, interspliced with his first outings as the Batman.

Author Geoff Johns answers questions about Batman's lore that no one's ever bothered to ask, including: 'What was Martha Wayne's lineage and how did her family shape Gotham?'; 'What did the Wayne Corporation manufacture to establish itself as such a powerful entity in the city?'; and even offers a 'definitive' answer to the murder of Bruce's parents, which serves as the baseline mystery for the plot. Johns uses these points to set-up this new version of Gotham he's created, and leverages them to develop a very real, gritty and politically (and morally) corrupt world that is in clear need of saving.

The artwork also does a good job of conveying emotion and helps to tell the story in a visually impactful manner.

Many classic characters like Alfred, Detective Gordon and Harvey Bullock are true to form and simultaneously revamped for this reimagining. New and original characters are also well fleshed out and refreshing additions that fit in perfectly with this new universe.

The most rewarding aspect of this book is the world that Johns is clearly working to set-up in this updated and edgy version of Gotham. I look forward to reading Volume 2.

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RadicalBradacal
Jun 12, 2016

This is a sort of re-imagined and updated restart of the Batman Mythos. It's updated only by some details to make it more contemporary, rather than the Batman of 1939. Relationships between Bruce and Alfred become a lot more clear, as does Bruce's relationships with the Dent family from childhood. The book has a time duality between past and present which clarifies a lot of issues from the mythology, especially if you haven't read every single Batman issue since 1939.

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musicanimal
Jun 28, 2013

great origin storyline

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Purple_Beast_2
May 10, 2013

This is an awesome version of Batman showing that he was not always as invincible as he has been.

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Keogh
Mar 13, 2013

Good art by Frank, but I still found myself wondering what the point to the whole exercise was. A self contained alternate version of the Batman's origin changes a few key details, with a different look... but in the end, it doesn't really feel like it contributes to the mythos. Maybe it's the writing that feels tired to me. Geoff Johns, who seems to be handling much of DC, doesn't have a particularly good take on Batman in his Justice League series, and this standalone version seems rather listless and uninspired.

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temp123987
Dec 11, 2012

'Batman: Earth One' is very much worth reading. It naturally "reinvents" Bruce Wayne's parent's death - but in a "hmm - yah, that could be possible" alternate story. I will not tell you the surprises - you need to take out this book and enjjoy!. Not to be dismissed! The storyline and graphics are great! Kudos to the DC team for this book!

theorbys Oct 23, 2012

5 star graphic novel entertainment.
A fine addition to the possible chronicles of the Dark Knight. This one is an alternate world story, and is beautifully drawn in a dark pulp style and moves briskly forward without missing out on good character portraits and local color. Best of show goes to Alfred.

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RadicalBradacal
Jun 12, 2016

A re-imagined Batman origin story. Bruce Wayne's parents are killed outside of a movie theatre. Alfred, Thomas Wayne's former military colleague and friend comes to provide security for the Waynes as Thomas runs for Mayor, but is of course too late. Alfred guides young Bruce through his own military-based training as we see him choose to evolve into Batman, as well as the high cost to him personally the further he goes to become the Dark Knight.

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