DC have been dabbling in the whole multiple Earth concept for decades and I’m glad to see their parallel universes (all 52 of them) at the fore these days. DC’s latest attempt at attracting bookstore browsers is a series of Original Graphic Novels set on Earth One. DC’s The Source blog describe the project like this:
Original stories featuring Batman and Superman in graphic novel form from the biggest creators out there. But these aren’t one-offs. We’re talking ongoing series of OGNs in a new continuity, on a new Earth.
Starting next year, DC Comics will unveil SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE and BATMAN: EARTH ONE, two graphic novels spotlighting the most powerful heroes of the DC Universe, with their first years and earliest moments retold in a standalone, original graphic novel format, on a new earth with an all-new continuity.
Superman: Earth One reveals Supes’ origins and is written by J. Michael Straczynki with art by Shane Davis. Batman: Earth One is by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, the Action Comics team. It’s a grand idea and the format is much more attractive to the comic book newbie than having to visit the comic shop every month to get a complete story. I don’t think a new continuity is necessary to attract new readers though.
Both OGNs will be released next year. Oh, and that tattooed gent with the goatee? That’s Bruce Wayne’s trusty butler Alfred.
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