This graphic novel is everything I had hoped for, and much more. I've been a fan of Superman for 10 years, but I've never been able to completely relate to Clark Kent / Superman; it always seemed like he was too perfect, too removed, too different. Well, Superman: Earth One has changed all that for me. This is a story about a young guy trying to find his way in his world, wrestling with temptations and fears, and striving to do the right thing by the people who have adopted him as one of their own. There are many moments in this novel that touched me, but two stand out: Clark "visiting" Pa Kent, and the truth behind Krypton's apocalypse.
J. Michael Straczynski's writing is full of conviction, hope and realism. Superman's world is our world, and his trials and triumphs are ours, too. Shane Davis' art is gorgeous throughout, depicting Metropolis and its citizens with a cinematic flair not too often associated with comic books. I won't spoil the story, but trust me when I say you won't be able to put it down until you reach the last page.
Do yourself a favor and read this book. And if you know a kid or a teenager lend them your copy or give them one. We all need better heroes nowadays, and Superman is the greatest of them all.
I can't wait for the sequel!!!!!