Batman Earth One: rebooting the bat


62 Responses to “Batman Earth One: rebooting the bat”

  1. Yay! More of a deranged one-percenter beating up poor people!

  2. SpaceBeers says:

    I actually really enjoyed this but the current Batman run by Scott Snyder / Greg Capullo is fantastic.

  3. Philip says:

    Oh, it’s a Friday; time for another Batman reboot.

  4. I reviewed it on Ain’t It Cool News last month:

  5. Deidzoeb says:

    In light of the annoyingly fast reboot of Spider-Man movies, I propose a Universal Reboot Book. The book consists of two reflective silver inner pages. You clip out one or two images of the franchise character that you want to reboot, and set them in the middle of one of the mirrored pages. Hold the pages open 45 degrees or less, and you can see the infinite regression of reboots within this reboot. And maybe this will cure you of ever needing another reboot of that character.

    You’re welcome.

    • AnonymousViewer says:

      The only reason Sony rebooted Spider-man was to retain film rights (and to hop onto the Marvel gravy train in the same summer as The Avengers). Marvel would love to get the rights back.

  6. Is this “elseworlds” or part of regular continuity now?

    • Okay, it’s a different continuity. Seems New Earth is a literal “new Earth”

    • Charles H. says:

      Everything published under the “Earth One” banner is its own continuity. It’s generally compared to Marvel’s Ultimate line in this regards, in that they’re meant to be a series of stories about well-known characters, free of  the main universe’s continuity baggage. (The line having been originally announced & published long before DC’s reboot last year.)

      The main difference between “Earth One” and “Ultimate” (and DC’s own All-Star line) being that it’s published only as trade-paperbacks, which is meant to potentially make the works more appealing to people who don’t buy monthlies. So far there’s only been one other title released for the line: Superman: Earth One, by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis, which was released in 2010.

      • PlutoniumX says:

         I liked Superman Earth One more than this, but they were both pretty entertaining.    I’m a big fan of both JMS and Johns. 

        Superman Earth One vol 2 is being released November 6, 2012.

  7. Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston says:


    Exactly the same as regular batman, but gets beaten up slightly more?

  8. mobobo says:

    looks like a corker to me

  9. Brainspore says:

    Who is “Katie,” and why does Batman call her name when he gets punched in the face?

  10. Thorzdad says:

    Is it really a reboot if he’s still a violent psychopath?

  11. charlesq says:

    You haven’t been excited about a Batman comic in 20 years, woof.  You should do a little digging my friend, there’s gold in them hills!

    Also, just this year, the very talented Mr. Scott Snyder has been dishing out quite the tantalizing little Bat-tale.


  12. Mitchell Glaser says:

    Super Meh.

  13. Brainspore says:

    The last thing to get rebooted this frequently was Windows XP.

  14. Conan Librarian says:

    I never liked DC or Marvel. I prefer the smaller more imaginative shops.

  15. William Joseph Dunn says:

    So far Scott Snyder’s run has been fantastic.  I think Snyder is writing some of  the best monthly Batman stories since Denny O’ Neil was writing Bats.

  16. “presents us with a Gotham that is out of control, corrupt, dark and glorious.”
    Right. So it’s a totally new wrinkle then.  I would be more interested in seeing a Batman comic strip that shows the scene where (is it?) Joe Chill kills Bruce’s parents, over and over again for 500 pages, but each one in a different drawing style. Talking of style, I don’t like the style of of the book’s drawing shown here at all. Insipid.

    • Brainspore says:

      Maybe someone could do a reboot where Gotham is a small, picturesque midwestern town full of sunshine and rainbows. The Joker regularly performs at birthday parties and Bar Mitzvahs, and Mr. Freeze is just the guy who drives the ice cream truck.

      • Yes. I like the idea. I sort of see Batman still in costume, but like soft material like in the very old black and white serials, and he just walks or drives a black pick up truck, slowly, safely, and he has an office where people come to ask for his help finding their lost kittens, or to work out why the milk didn’t get delivered today. It should be paced like The Straight Story.

    • Halloween_Jack says:

       Don’t forget the variations on the murder of Bruce’s parents where it’s not Joe Chill, but the future Joker (as in Tim Burton’s first movie); you could also make the killer Ra’s al Ghul, or a very young Harvey Dent, or maybe even an time-traveling ex-sidekick making sure that Batman exists. The gunshots, the bodies on the pavement, the grim young boy vowing revenge. Over and over and over again.

      • mccrum says:

         Actually, I think that last version is the one I like the most.  I’m kind of getting tired of his parents biting it in the first five minutes of every movie.  Seriously, in every movie.

    • JIMG says:

      i thought that Jack Napier killed his parents!!!!

  17. dolbonner says:

    What I enjoyed most about this was the reboot of the origin of Harvey Bullock (even though it was suspiciously close to a character from one of my favorite movies, but it was an awesome character so I didn’t care).

  18. technogeekagain says:

     If you have to show the gore… (A) it ain’t good writing, and (B) it ain’t Batman.

    (Not that I disliked the Dark Knight concept — but that wasn’t Batman either, and I was really annoyed that they didn’t have the courtesy to change the name when they changed the character.)

  19. breadteam says:

    What is the percentage of comic book readers over 13 that like this terrible style of coloring? This style of coloring where everything is reflective is just awful. I cannot read any comics that look like this because they are visually repulsive.

    Is it really just me who feels this way?

  20. eldritch says:

    Why do comic books still exist in this day and age?

    Seriously people, you’re all internet savvy. Go read webcomics.

    1) There are many thousands of them available in most major languages.
    2) They don’t suffer the artistic limitations and constrictions inherent to actual print comics.
    3) They’re not reboots of reboots of reboots of cliche characters that are three quarters of a century old to begin with.

    …and 4) They don’t cost you a cent!

  21. Halloween_Jack says:

    I totally agree with “reboot fatigue.” If the big twist in this version is that, as is implied by the first page above, young Bruce is somehow responsible for his parents’ murder by leaving out the back of the theater rather than the front, then I’ll pass. 

  22. Cant we all just….. reboot Plastic Man! Now there was a comic book with a great sense of humor, and no one has touched it! 

  23. Noah Kuttler says:

     Two things:

    “…it offers a very good entry to the series for people who haven’t followed it closely until now.”

    With respect, it’s actually a horrible entry point into the series.  It’s a good story, but it’s a horrible entry point because it does not align with any of the current monthlies or any of the pre-52 continuity.  If you liked this book and walked into a comic book store and wanted more of this Batman, you’re out of luck.  Earth One books ship yearly.  So you’d have to either purchase new 52 material (different Batman) or older continuity books (different Batman from that different Batman).  Not to make this too confusing, but it kinda is.  

    “It’s got me excited about Batman comics for the first time in 20 years.”

    Personally, I’ve found Scott Snyder’s Black Mirror and his current New 52 run quite compelling. And if we go back in time a bit, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Long Halloween, Batman: Under The Hood by Winick and the entire Grant Morrison run all had plenty of interesting things to say about the character.  This is but one of many good bat stories.  The great thing about comic books is the number of voices that participate in providing their perspective on the characters. 

    • Noah Kuttler says:

       BTW, outside of the main Batman title, I should also have put honorable mentions for Meltzer’s Identity Crisis.  Morrison’s JLA and Waid’s JLA.  But I figured I’d just stick to the Batman title. 

  24. Snig says:

    I liked mac and cheese when I was a kid.  I now also like sushi, fresh greens and nice reds, but they don’t interfere with my steady love of mac and cheese.  This was a good book, I’d also recommend the Long Halloween. 

  25. Dan Hibiki says:

    hmm… The Penguin as mayor, or Rob Ford… i’d vote for big nose.

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