Superman: Earth One, by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis
A young Clark Kent has numerous job possibilities when he moves to Metropolis. His first thought is to choose something where he’d make enough money to support his widowed mother still living in Smallville. But Martha Kent knows that Clark belongs to the world. When aliens arrive, ready to attack Earth if the last son of Krypton doesn’t show himself, Clark finally dons the familiar primary colors and embraces his destiny.
This original graphic novel explores a new, updated take on Superman’s origin story. Fantastic artwork by Shane Davis gives this rendition an edgy, contemporary feel. Clark’s younger life is told in flashbacks a he deals with tough decisions of adulthood and greater responsibilities. A favorite scene is when Martha tells Clark the reason that he can’t wear a mask. It’s both powerful and moving – which is a great way to sum up the whole of the story. With plenty of action, drama, beauty, and suspense – I loved this graphic novel from beginning to end. Both new and diehard fans alike will enjoy fresh spin on a familiar story.