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‘Batman: Earth One’ Details: Cover, Sample Artwork, and Release

I honestly had thought DC was going to go ahead and scrap their Earth One line, which debuted last year with Superman: Earth One, given the upcoming Relaunch but apparently this isn’t the case. Despite all the work he’s doing on the upcoming DC Relaunch, Geoff Johns is moving forward with artist Gary Frank and putting out Batman: Earth One after all. Though it may first seem a bit surprising to have yet another interpretation of DC’s characters moving forward in addition to the Relaunch, it actually works out nicely. Hit the jump for an analysis of why the Earth One line will still have a place in the upcoming Relaunch, as well as details about Batman: Earth One’s release.

Here’s the thing. We can tell from the issue solicitations that the Batman books in the New 52 take place long after Bruce Wayne made the decision to don the cape and cowl. Therefore, Batman: Earth One has a nice little place to slide into the fray as an updated and re-imagined origin story for the character. If the Earth One line follows it’s trend, they could easily be desirable to read amongst the slew of Relaunch issues. I don’t mean fitting into the continuity of the new universe; the Earth One books were never intended to be canon. I simply mean having a reason to read the books in the line at all. The oddball out is Superman: Earth One since Grant Morrison is effectively re-writing Superman’s origin, but it’s already been out for quite some time so it doesn’t really make a difference in my opinion. Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see how the Earth One line turns out now that we know they’ll keep pushing them out alongside the New 52.

Now that that little bit of reflection is out of the way, let’s get a nice look at Batman: Earth One. Courtesy of Amazon:

 Written by GEOFF JOHNS
 Release: May 8th, 2012
 Price: $22.99

“Geoff Johns, the writer of BLACKEST NIGHT, GREEN LANTERN and INFINITE CRISIS re-teams with superstar artist Gary Frank, his collaborator on SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN, SUPERMAN:BRAINIAC and SUPERMAN & THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, to create this original graphic novel that gives new insight into Bruce Wayne’s transformation into Batman and his first year as The Dark Knight. This follow-up to the # 1 New York Times bestseller, SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis is the latest in the series that features the industry’s top writers and illustrators and their unique takes on DC’s characters. It’s the perfect book for new readers of graphic novels as well as longtime comic book fans.”


I was one of the few out there that rather enjoyed Superman: Earth One, so I’ll definitely be picking this up when it arrives on May 8th, 2012. For those interested, you can pre-order the title at Amazon right now. Lastly, I’ll leave you with some of Gary Frank’s concept art for the book, to get a better idea of what it’ll look like:

Love the classic yellow symbol on the suit, and I especially like that they really played into Alfred’s backgrounds in the Royal Marines. A lot of people forget that Alfred is much, much more than a butler.

Well, what do you think? Is DC smart in keeping Earth One going, or should they have scrapped it in light of the Relaunch? Comment away!

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