Superman : Earth One Volume 2, Hardback
3.5 out of 5 (5 ratings)


The highly anticipated sequel to the numbered 1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel Superman: Earth One by acclaimed writer J.

Michael Straczynski and superstar artist Shane Davis is here!

Young Clark Kent continues his journey toward becoming the World's Greatest Super Hero but finds dealing with humanity to be a bigger challenge than he ever imagined!

From a ruthless dictator to a new love interest who's not Lois Lane, things are never easy for this emerging Man of Steel. And the worst is yet to come, in the form of a man-monster with an insatiable appetite, the Parasite!

The only thing that might appease his hunger is The Last Son of Krypton!

But that will also mean he will have Superman's powers without his conscience, and Kal-El learns to live without powers beyond those of mere mortals.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 136 pages, chiefly col. Illustrations
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Superheroes
  • ISBN: 9781401231965



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I'm still getting used to the slightly different Superman and Clark characters, but I definitely like the idea of the Earth One books. It's sort of like it's totally from the beginning. So I seem to be good to go as long as I read the Earth One books with no preconceived notions.For example, I really liked the Parasite's back story and really, really liked the new look the artist gave him. He wasn't the same old purple blob as in the other Superman comics and animated serieses.I liked the art a lot too. But unfortunately there were a few characters who weren't supposed to look like Clark, but who definitely did. Also, Lois' character wasn't memorable at all. I think that the Lois character should always be a memorable one. Here she was just sorta blah.

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This sequel continues a very welcome and freshly imaginative re-telling of Superman's early years, as he finds his footing in his new job at the Daily Planet, where he draws the suspicions of Lois Lane, who finds Clark Kent's total standardness and small-town ways a bit unbelievable. Clark moves into a bit nicer apartment, where he draws the interest of a perkily comely neighbor, and for the first time I see that Clark's father apparently gave him the "talk" I always used to imagine a cautious father would give a super-powered son ("All I'm saying, son, is... man of steel... woman of tissue paper.")The action comes from a thoroughly creepy Parasite, who comes very close to killing Superman, and for the first time in his life he is without powers until they recharge, and he realizes just how vulnerable (and brave) humans are to go out the front door, heedless of the many ways death can come unexpectedly. What is so well done in this book is how the humanity of Clark balances out the power of Superman, and what a toll that balance has taken on him. The end of the book leaves us optimistic that Clark is beginning to learn how to be a part of the humanity he has sworn to protect. Excellent artwork by Shane Davis as well.

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Accidentally or not, this has essentially the same cover as Irredeemable vol. 8: Hands fisted by his side, Superman/the Plutonian floats in front of a world on fire, his eyes glowing. Here, however, Clark is struggling with the implications of his power, and the moral use thereof, in a world where dictators promise to slaughter everyone they can if he crosses their borders even to help deal with natural disasters. Also there’s a power-sucking monster, and Lois Lane snooping to find out more about Clark’s mysterious rise to public prominence with his career-making interview with Superman. Satisfying, though I didn’t have a burning need to find out what was next.

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A pretty average comic book offering, not at all justified by the fanfare and format. The reinvention of Superman that Grant Morrison has been doing in the mainstream Action Comics series is far more interesting.

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Disappointing followup to the excellent Earth One Volume 1. Whereas the previous volume was an interesting modern-day take on Superman that had a lot in the way of exploring the character of Clark Kent, this was mostly just a bad guy shows up and Superman is no match for him. And the villain, by the way, is drawn in such an absurdist manner it completely clashes with the "modern day mythos" style of the Earth One series in general.<br/><br/>I read this book last week and honestly, I can't remember much of anything else to say about it. Lois is suspicious of Clark and starts looking into his background a bit, but largely drops the issue. I think the most that happened in terms of character development was a bit about Clark wanting to have sex. No joke, his next-door neighbor throws herself at him (and she's drawn in such an overly sexualized way that it really ought to embarrass the comics industry in 2012. Move past this stuff, fellas), but he's worried his Super-spunk will kill her. We even get a flashback to Pa Kent warning him about such things.<br/><br/>Pretty forgettable, but generally enjoyable. Or at least, not objectionable really. I really would like to see a followup more like Volume 1.

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