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Superman: Earth One Hardcover – November 2, 2010
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As a journalist, he has written over 500 published articles for such periodicals as The Los Anglees Times, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Penthouse, Writer's Digest, San Diego Magazine, the San Diego and Los Angeles Reader and TIME, Inc. He has also published numerous short stories in Amazing Science Fiction Magazine, Pulphouse, and various anthologies.
As a television writer and producer, he has written over 200 produced episodes, including workj on The New Twilight Zone, Nightmare Classics and Murder She Wrote. He also wrote, created and produced the series Babylon 5, Crusade and Jeremiah.
Moving from TV to film, he wrote Changeling (directed by Clint Eastwood), Ninja Assassin (produced by the Wachowskis), provided the story for Thor (directed by Kenneth Branagh), wrote Underworld 4 (starring Kate Beckinsale), and has written numerous other films that are currently slated for production.
He has won the Hugo Award (twice), the Saturn Award, the Eisner Award, the Inkpot Lifetime Achievement Award, the E Pluribus Unum Award from the American Cinema Foundation, the Space Frontier Foundation award, the Ray Bradbury Award, the Christopher Award, and over a dozen others.
He was also nominated for a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for his screenplay for Changeling.
He writes ten hours a day, every day, except for his birthday, New Year's Day and Christmas Day.
Top Customer Reviews
Writer J. Michael Straczynski is a comics veteran, so it's no surprise that he crafts a story that draws you in immediately, even as it covers the most familiar aspects of Superman's life. Straczynski is also a regular TV and movie scribe, so he naturally imbues his story with a cinematic pace and scope. It works amazingly well. Even a long-winded voiceover from the late Jonathan Kent, a plot device that could have gone horribly wrong, or at least been unforgivably cheesy, succeeds and inspires the reader just as it inspires Clark Kent to live up to his full potential.
Artist Shane Davis does a remarkable job not only with Metropolis but also with the legendary core cast. His Clark Kent and his Superman are young and vibrant (both recognizable but still different enough that you almost believe a pair of glasses and a nerd act are enough of a disguise for the most famous man in the world), and his Lois Lane is beautiful and lifelike. Jimmy Olsen and Perry White shine under Davis's pencils as well.
One thing the story does not have is Lex Luthor, and thankfully so.Read more ›
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!!!!!
I expect great things in this line of Earth One stories and especially enjoyed the Jimmy Olsen angle presented.
I know he loves the character, I know he's a longtime fan (longer than me, given the difference in our ages). But reading this comic, I got no sense that J Mike knew what that special magic is that makes Superman so very different from all the other comic book superheroes on the market today. Absolute All Star Superman did a much better job with Superman than J Mike is doing, and Grant Morrison is really much better as a Batman writer.
Overall I have to say this book is "good enough. . .I guess." The scenes involving the Daily Planet and its cast are top-notch material. Much of the rest of the story is recycled from other, often better stories into a patchwork quilt of Superman-like ideas without Superman-like heart. The art is very good, though in some places the artist trips over himself.
So what specifically went wrong with this book? (SPOILERS AHEAD)
There are a lot of great touches in Superman: Earth One. There is a scene wherein Clark buys a newspaper even though the newspaper machine is broken and he could have simply taken a Daily Planet without paying for it. The scenes with Perry White, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen working at a dessicated husk of a Daily Planet are no short of brilliant.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This introduces a new threat to Earth and Superman. A race that has been at war with Superman's people, the Kryptonians, every 20 years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eobard Thawne
Gave this to my 11 year old son & he really liked it. As he was reading it in the back seat of my car I kept hearing him say "awesome".Published 1 month ago by John Paul Moore
I just want to state that while I enjoyed the new take on the concept, this is more or less for the Kindle version review. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tiso Spencer
Mix would be the best way I can describe this one. Some interesting ideas.
First off the thing you need to know before going in to this is this isn't Superman that you... Read more
Seems that they try to tell all krypton and superman's history in two pages. Lots of bad , cheesy and dum dialogue and they tried to make a "dark" superman which is not... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alfonso
Perfect fill in story for the gap between transitioning from farm life to city life and "finding himself" along the way.Published 3 months ago by RiverRainFire
I really liked the change up to the Superman origin story. The rival planet and assassination of the kryptonians was very interesting. I must read more.Published 4 months ago by Joseph