Saturday, November 10, 2012
Superman: Earth One Volume 2 Review
So this past week DC released the sequel to the Graphic Novel Superman: Earth One. For those who don't know the Earth One line is DC's answer to Marvel's Ultimate line. Well actually it's DC's second attempt. The first was there All-Star line but we all know how that turned out. Anyway I liked the first book so naturally I was excited for the second volume. It didn't disappoint.
The story is mostly about power, and how it can corrupt. This is shown various ways threw out the story. For example the villain of this story is Parasite, a murderer that get mutated. This mutation tuns him into a monster who need to absorb energy from electric appliances and even threw humans. He goes after Superman because he want's his power. After draining some of it he decides to kills every human on the planet.
Superman himself has to deal with this theme as well. Threw out the story many people are worried by his power. A nation in civil war does not want his help and even threaten to kill people if he interferes. The US Government is trying to find ways to kill him if necessary, and Superman himself must face this personally due to the fact he can't have a intimate relationship in fear of his powers hurting someone.
While all this happening, he moves into a new apartment building were he befriends a guy named Eddie Monroe and a girl named Lisa Lasalle. In the end Superman of course beats the villain but the victory is bitter sweet, and things don't end well for Eddie. The comic concludes with Lex Luthor finally making an appearance, and is hired by the government to help find a way to kill Superman.
Overall this comic is pretty good, and way better then the first. It has good characters, good story, amazing art, and actually really good humor as well. After reading the first book, I wasn't really sold the story. But many of my problems with the first book have been solved, and I think this is the best origin I've read for the Man of Steel. Between this and Superman vs. the Elite, 2012 has been a great year for Superman. I highly recommend this, but you should of course read the first Volume before this.