Friday, May 29, 2015

Booknote: Batman: Earth One

Geoff Johns, Batman: Earth One. New York: DC Comics, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4012-3208-5.
Genre: Graphic novels and comics
Subgenre: superheroes
Format: Hardcover
Source: My local public library

Much like Superman: Earth One, which I read, this volume is a new series for a new generation. The series shows Batman as human and flawed, having to work his way up. It has a great opening sequence depicting how he initially did not perform flawlessly (a gadget fails, he has a serious fall, and the bad guy manages to get away). The story goes back and forth between the present day and the past where Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered. And if things were not complicated enough, there is a new villain in town who likes birthdays.

A nice thing about the Earth One series is in the details. Often small recastings in the series make a difference, yet they manage to keep the essence of the story. The way Alfred Pennyworth is recast as way more than just an English butler is a good example of this. He plays a more active role in helping Batman grow and learn, yet keeps the essence of the character we all know.

The comic has great pacing and action, and it does give quite the look at Gotham City's corruption. All I will say about the ending is that it sets up further adventures. Additionally, the book features great art which makes it a pleasure to look at as you read. Overall, a solid work.

5 out of 5 stars.

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