Title: Superman- Earth One Volume 3 Hardcover Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Comics
Storytellers:J Michael Straczynski (writer) with Ardian Syaf (pencils) and Sandra Hope (inks)
The continuing adventures of the Earth One Superman! After dealing with the Parasite, Superman’s been going about, business as usual, saving lives and doing jobs only Superman can. However, the military is still trying to figure out a way to neutralize Superman, as they fear his power. The government has hired the Luthors, Alexander and Alexandra, a married couple who are extremely intelligent and have done work for the government in the past. While the Luthors discover that Superman is vulnerable to “Red Light”, Clark has other problems, mainly women troubles. Clark discovers that Lois had checked into his past, after he scooped her on the Superman story, and his neighbor, Lisa, who he not only has a crush on, but has discovered his dual identity. While all of this is going on a ship crash lands on Earth, containing another Kryptonian, Zod-El, Superman’s uncle. Zod stages a bridge collapse to lure out Superman and befriends his nephew, only to stab him in the back, by going to the UN and telling the representatives that is the threat that destroyed Krypton. As Zod puts the world against Superman, the Luthors finish their “Red Light” device and Clark discovers that Lisa has figured out his secret. Lois investigates the bridge collapse and learns that Zod caused it, but it’s too late, the world turns on Superman, Zod exposes Superman to a large chuck of Kryptonite and the two battle. While Superman is at a major disadvantage during the fight, it’s gets exacerbated. when Lex blasts Superman with the device, robbing him of his powers. Superman is unsure about who this man is or why he just blasted him with “Red Light”, but Superman stills fights on. When Lex realizes that Superman isn’t bad, he feels bad for what he’s done and joins in on the battle, blasting Zod, to even the fight, however Zod kills Lex in the process. Superman’s powers start to return and he defeats Zod and takes the “Red Light” device. Superman tries to get answers about who the man is, but Lex’s wife, in shock, lashes out at Superman and he flies off, taking the device with him. The military cannot replicate the device, as Lex was the weapon’s designer, but Alexandra takes over the Luthor Company, vows to destroy Superman for killing her husband, and takes the name Lex. Clark and Lisa begin dating and he brings her home, to Smallville, to meet his mother and have a home cooked dinner.
OK, I’m probably leaving a little bits, here and there, but this is ultimately the synopsis of this wonderful hardcover. It had been a while since I read Volume 2, so I wasn’t sure if I’d still enjoy this series, especially since the New 52 Superman stories have been lack luster, but I must say that JMS has done it again. I really fell that with the right writer, artist and character, you can reboot a character and it doesn’t have to be dark and brooding. This series is more “realistic” than Superman probably should be, but it still has a lightness and a sense of hope that Superman should. I really wish that Man of Steel had been based more on this retelling of Superman’s origins than what we got!
I believe that the Earth One series will be the future of comics! There will be a time when comics are no longer monthly, but maybe quarterly or yearly, graphic novel like stories, where you will get a complete story in one volume. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind that! I prefer to read most of my comics in collected form, for both ease of reading and space saving ability.
Ultimately, I loved this book! There’s another great story here with good art about a character that I love! If you want an accessible Superman series, then this is the title for you!