*Pardon The Interruption But I'm About To Get My Nerd On*
When I 1st heard about the new graphic novel about Supes I thought "Really, another origin story". I mean didn't just redo cannon history with Secret Origins? Never mind Smallville, which is in it's final season. So i'm thinking what could they possibly do that's going to be interesting at this point. Well the answer.....blow a lot of shit up!!!
Ok so amplify what you know about The Man Of Steel and let's take it to the max. You ever wonder what that 1st time was like for him to don the tights and cape? This graphic novel does an amazing job showing progression from a boy who sets out to become a hero but then thinks of the possible consequences of being that Icon weigh in to the point he almost never comes to action. That is until faced with a situation where you can man up or run.
I felt it dealt greatly with the choice of Young Clark Kent. Just arriving to Metropolis, he has the mind that can get him the highest paying job and the physical gifts to become a sports phenomena. He could live a comfortable life or he can sacrifice any chance of normalcy by becoming a hero unlike anything seen before. It gives you a real understanding of the phrase (my apologies for using a Marvel phrase here) "With great power comes great responsibility".
The best part is the challenge he has to encounter. Yes people the villain and his connection to The Last Son Of Krypton is a spin to die for in the story of Superman. The writers dared to go somewhere else with this story and succeed immensely. Like everyone else I'm tired of Luthor always being Clark's foe and man the choice here was great! And the ending is beautifully left open to leave your jaw like WOW!!! And who of thunk Jimmy Olsen had was a badass.
Writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis I salute you both. The storytelling was amazing and the imagery was awe-inspiring. This story was captivating from beginning to end. Now this is how you tell a young Superman story. Rather your a comic geek, causal reader, or just looking for some great fantasy to escape to where you can feel the journey of the protagonist, then this is the story for you.
Superman: Earth One is a 5 out of 5 for sure. And I don't know if Zack Synder had his story for the new Supes movie already but if anything I think he should follow Chris Nolan's lead and maybe take this story to the big screen.