Superman Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski

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Superman Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski ISBN: 978-1-4012-2468-4, DC Comics, 2010

Plot Summary:

After deciding to leave his hometown of Smallville Kansas for Metropolis, a young Clark Kent is undecided upon what he should do with his life. He is blessed with a brilliant mind, and super powers, but after a day of amazing people with the answers to complex formulas and coaches of sports teams with his physical prowess, he is still no closer to knowing what he wants to do with the rest of his life. Meanwhile, we learn that the government has registered spacecrafts of unknown origin spread out all over the world. They are searching for someone who came to Earth twenty years before.

Critical Summary:

Straczynski has done what only very few writers of Superman have managed to do in the past: humanized the struggles of this god-like being. Many have criticized the character for being too powerful. Straczynski has seen that the true story is the internal one. Readers are treated to a glimpse of what it would mean to be the sole member of your species in a world full of humans. Far from being the cocky, smiling man of steel, this Superman is still unsure of himself. In baring the heart of Kal-El, Straczynski has started what promises to be a wildly popular run of graphic novels. The Earth One in the title denotes that the series is set in a universe separate from the regular DC universe and should not be considered canon.

Reader’s Annotation:

After Earth is attacked by an alien force, Clark must decide whether to stand and fight or to stay hidden in the shadows while those around him suffer the same fate as his home planet.

Information about the author:

Joseph Michael Straczynski born July 17, 1954, known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or jms, is an American writer and producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, radio dramas and other media. Straczynski is a playwright, former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunner for the science fiction television series Babylon 5, its spin-off Crusade, as well as Jeremiah, a series loosely based on Hermann Huppen‘s comics. Straczynski wrote 92 out of the 110 Babylon 5 episodes, notably including an unbroken 59-episode run through the third and fourth seasons, and all but one episode of the fifth season. He also wrote the four Babylon 5 TV movies produced alongside the series. From 2001 to 2007, he was the writer for the long-running Marvel comic book series The Amazing Spider-Man.

Genre:

Graphic Novel

Curriculum Ties:

Multiculturalism

Booktalking Ideas:

Imagine if you were the only one of your kind that you knew.

Reading Level/Interest Age

Grade 8 and over

Challenge Issues:

Graphic Violence. Refer to Collection Development Policy.

Reasons for inclusion:

This book ties in with the release of Man of Steel.

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