Superman: Earth One #2

Superman: Earth One #2

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Shane Davis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 31, 2012 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 1
7.6Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 New York Times best-selling 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.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Nov 7, 2012

    There is so much I want to say and rant about when it comes to this book, but you really need to read it for yourself. One juicy tidbit that I will tell you is that Lex Luthor makes an appearance in this volume and it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. JMS’ twist on this classic character just goes to show you how rich his take on Superman is, and I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. If you want to hear me rant about this book some more then check out this episode of our podcast and you can hear more juicy details about the story, but do yourself a favor and buy the book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Nov 16, 2012

    The graphic novel gets a 5/5, partly because it gives us samples of what would be both Clark and Lois' writing styles. That was always what helped make some of my favorite Superman stories. Really the fact that everything comes about as being sort of tied together or at least contrasted with an other piece of the story is fantastic. This, above almost anything else in DC, I urge you to go buy. If you don't have Volume 1, get that first and then buy this. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Nov 5, 2012

    No matter which side of the fence you are on, this second installment of Superman: Earth One will receive even more praise and vilification as its predecessor. Read Full Review

  • 10
    TheCultDen - Jeff Zyra Sep 24, 2013

    Superman: Earth One Volume 2 was really good and enjoyable. Like with the first volume I read this in one sitting. I was that entranced by it that I could not put it down. I really enjoyed it and was really entertained by Superman: Earth One Vol 2. and if you are looking for a great story to help celebrate Superman's 75th Anniversary then I would suggest picking up Superman: Earth One Volume 2 as it was just a very enjoyable read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Syndicate - Kristina Nov 19, 2012

    This is by far one of the best portrayals of Superman for new readers and for those who enjoy Superman. He is more relatable and likeable as character with flaws; As a superhero, he is learning how to use his powers and how he affects people. Straczynski is allowing the character room for improvement, which makes readers appreciate his writing of the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - John Barringer Nov 5, 2012

    Overall, volume 2 does something that a lot of Superman stories don't, and that's make Clark/Superman the main character. Instead of treating him as a force of nature or some living deus ex machina, JMS makes Clark a living breathing man. And maybe the trade off there is that he can't be both perfect and three dimensional? And is seems like that was the whole point of Earth One to begin with. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Nov 9, 2012

    The potential for a really challenging and entertaining piece on Supermans sexuality is intriguing, and this series would be the perfect vehicle for such, but the end result does not match the honesty Straczynski seems to be able to write into the rest of Clarks character. That said, for a solid read into Clarks conflicting emotions about his place in the world, and an undeniably gorgeous book, Superman: Earth One continues to merit a spot in my read pile. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    IGN - Joey Esposito Oct 31, 2012

    Finally, the supplemental material for this book is slim, offering just a few Parasite sketches and some brief clips of Daily Planet articles; certainly nothing overly insightful or even interesting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Oct 31, 2012

    Superman: Earth One, Volume 2 a not a perfect book by any means. It gets by on being marginally better than the rest of the Superman product out there, and definitely having the best art. But it's time for some iconic villains. JMS has done a good job building Clark up at this point but he hasn't faced a threat that actually feels like it's going to beat him. Thankfully, he hints at something big coming soon in the closing pages. Hopefully, if the art remains the same, the writing can pick up and this team can deliver some really meaningful entries in the future. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 17, 2012

    I love the youthfulness Davis instills in the title character. It's easy to accept him as a young adult, just starting out in the world and confused about who he is and what his place in it should be. The redesign of the Parasite disappoints. The bucktoothed look, with glowing pods, just doesn't have the same visual impact as past interpretations. Furthermore, the decision to present Lex Luthor and his partner complete nude is unnecessary and distracting. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Nov 8, 2012

    The original Earth One was enormously popular, which is deeply troubling because this high-profile series presents some of the worst comics have to offer -- sloppy writing, not-very-good art and incredibly juvenile shit that adults should be ashamed of conceiving of, much less reading. If people who would have become lifelong lovers of the form are being recommended to start with the Superman: Earth One series, then comics as an industry is fucking doomed. Read Full Review

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