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Ladies, Gentlemen and Haven, due to heady curiosity and a high interest in the ninth art, I have decided to do something incredibly heinous to myself in order to gain more knowledge.
I’m about to read Superman: Earth One and liveblog it, so you don’t have to.
For starters, let’s talk a bit about what this comic aims to do
See, for a while now (And back then, of course) DC and Marvel have had the rather logical worry that comics had a high barrier entry. Marvel and DC had tried adaptations in order to act as gateways, to various levels of succeses (From tv series like Linda Carter’s Wonder Woman to movies like Superman, all the way through cartoon classics like B:TAS)
Of course, the issue here is that liking these things does not mean that someone will become a comic book reader. After all, it’s much easier to watch Spider-Man than looking for Amazing Fantasy 15.
As such, companies have tried to create various “gateway” comics for people who want to get into the characters but can’t due to the scary continuity. Marvel tried doing this by creating an entire alternate universe, which has become just as complicated (well, not really, but to the non-discerning eyes of the outsider) as the original 616 universe.
DC, however, decided to try less “universal” approaches, which really says something about the focuses of the Big Two. Where one really cares about a consistent continuity and a big sprawling universe, the other one just cares about telling good stories with these characters and occasionally showing them as part of a bigger universe. None of these approaches are invalid, but hey have their downsides and upsides. But anyway, DC created the All Star line as a gateway point, which worked quite well for All Star Superman (easily one of the most beloved Superman stories out there) but considering Miller’s All Star Batman’s failure, DC decided to both cancel the title itself and then to cancel the line.
There was also Birthright and Secret Origins, which were, funnily enough, two tellings of Superman’s origin.
To be honest, I think that one of the biggest issues lies within this right here. It’s just revisiting a story just about everyone knows by now and which had been told twice already within these issues. All in order to appeal to the young adult demographic who likes a teenage clark who broods and angsts and blah de blah. It’s a good marketing ploy in theory, but the thing about it is that, well, does it really open a market for people who want to get into Superman? I mean, Superman is not written like this, usually. And it’s not like someone would read this, like it, and then buy All Star Superman or the most recent Superman issue. Or at least they would and hey, it’s totally possible they like it, but the thing is, they wouldn’t like it because it’s so similar to Earth One.
With these thoughts and impressions in mind, I start this liveblog. Hopefully, I can keep you interested