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Batman: Earth One by Geoff Johns

Batman: Earth One

by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank (Illustrator)

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Series: Earth One (2), Batman, Batman: Earth One (1)

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"Batman: Earth One" goes back the beginning of the Batman saga, revisiting and recasting the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents and his eventual development into Batman. While the story remains basically unchanged, the brilliance here is in the details. Writer, Geoff Johns, creates a Gotham riddled with crime and hamstrung by political corruption on all levels. Bruce Wayne's father is in the midst of a mayoral race, but still takes the time to take Bruce and his mother to the movies. When the electricity goes out in the movie, a disappointed Bruce dashes into the alley way, followed by his parents. There Bruce watches his parent's murder. The story, told in flashbacks, shows the development of Bruce into Batman, seeking to discover the secret behind his parent's death.

Johns and Frank introduce us to old character favorites, such as Detective Gordon and his daughter, librarian (and soon to be Batgirl) Barbra. Johns remixes these old characters, giving them new back stories and motivations. His new characters including gung-ho new detective and media celebrity Harvey Bullock and Mayor Cobblespot (who looks a lot like the classic Batman villain The Penguin, right down to his umbrellas and his birds). He even throws in a nod to the most recent "Batman" film franchise by using the character of Fox, the scientist. Probably the biggest change (and to my mind the most interesting character) is Alfred. No longer the steadfast and proper butler, Alfred becomes a military trained guardian the challenges and helps Bruce become Batman.

"Batman: Earth One" is filled with surprises that even the even a die hard Batman fan will find enjoyable. The art is colorful, crisp and neat, displaying a wide range of colors that help suggest the mood of the story. With a new volume coming out this in May, this is a great way to start reading Batman's story or to revisit a classic.

Julie K. / Marathon County Public Library
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1 vote mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
Never read or bought a Batman comic before, but I thought it would make a good gift. To make sure, I sat down and started reading it and couldn't put it down. It's as good as any Batman movie you've seen. ( )
  vonze | Sep 19, 2017 |
Not a bad book but problematic from a storytelling perspective.

It's not bad if you already know a lot of Batman mythology and backstory, but if you're looking for a complete story, it's not here.

Johns skips way too many details and just assumes that the reader doesn't need to know what happened to Bruce beyond losing his parents. Next to no explanation as to why he decides to become Batman, nothing from when Bruce is 9 until he's 19 or so, and the biggest changes are to Alfred, the Penguin (or at least Oswald Cobblepott) and Bullock (and the latter eats up too many pages for a book entitled Batman).

So an interesting take but not a good starting point for anyone (if you want them to become fans of Batman, that is).

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  SESchend | Sep 6, 2017 |
"Re-imaginings" and "re-boots" are a dime a dozen. Gem's like this are priceless. For the depth and character given to Harvey Bullock alone its worth the read - this is the first time I can remember such a stock figure being given a compelling and emotional back-story. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Sort of good. Not a lot going on here. Enjoyable art. ( )
  valzi | Sep 7, 2016 |
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Geoff Johnsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Frank, GaryIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, BradCouleursmain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nikolavitch, AlexTraductionmain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For all his shining gentle spirit and the light it cast all around him. This book is dedicated to the memory of our beloved archivist Roger Bonas. He was the guardian of DC's past and he will be forever part of its legacy.

- Geoff Johns

For Ian Meek.
A great friend, an inspiration to many and walking proof that adversity can lead some men to become heroes.

- Garry Frank

First words

Alfred Pennyworth [as he beats up Bruce Wayne]:
"You've never been in a war."
"I have."
"You're emotional."
"And soft."
"No guns? No recon? No tactics? Just a stupid bat costume?"
"A useless cape?"
"This is Gotham City. The cops aren't your allies. The people aren't your friends."
"It's everyone for themselves in this town. In this world."
"You can't do it--"
"--Because you aren't willing to do everything you're going to have to.
"You aren't willing to sink down to Gotham's level."
Harvey Bullock:
"C'mon, Axe. I get it now. This is Gotham City."
"It's bad cop, bad cop."

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Batman is not a hero.

He is just a man.

Fallible, vulnerable, and angry.

In a Gotham 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.

In the tradition of the #1 New York Times bestselling Superman: Earth One, writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank re-imagine a new mythology for the Dark Knight, where the familiar is no longer the expected in this long-awaited original graphic novel from DC Comics.
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