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Hey folks, Ambush Bug here with a very special preview for you from your pals at DC Comics. This week, SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE Vol. 1 will be released. Fellow @$$Hole Optimous Douche reviewed it last week and gave it a big thumbs up. Below is an exclusive sequence from SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE Vol.1. Our regular previews column will be up tomorrow. Until then, enjoy J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis’ version of the Man of Steel (click on the images to make them blow up like Planet Krypton!)!

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  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    my first first is first

    by pushthebuttonmax

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Superman with glasses

    by Darth_Tarantino

    Do you remember when Clark Kent was supposed to be clumsy, cowardly and charmingly befuddled? There was a good reason for him being like that; it was a persona. But it seems that the portrayal of Clark Kent as simply "Superman with glasses" is now the default setting.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Could be worth a look

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Not a fan of the hoodie though.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST

    The Hoodie

    by Darth_Tarantino

    Just conjures up images of Superman loitering in the local park drinking from a 2 litre bottle of White Lightning while his hoodie friends piss on a war memorial.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    You pretty much know now...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...that Zack Snyder's Superman will be wearing jeans, t-shirt and hoodie throughout the entire movie, don'y you?

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Coming to a cinema near you...

    by Darth_Tarantino

    Zack Snyder's "Superman: Juevenile Delinquent"

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Byrne fucked up Supes continuity

    by Ditko

    I don´t even know what I´m reading anymore. I mean, is all of this post Man of Steel stuff? Is that still cannon?

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Superman's suit is and has always been a negative

    by NerdRageFanClub

    Grown man wears smurf blue tights complemented with red underwear on the outside. Nothing can defeat him except for obscure meteorite.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Byrne didn't fuck up continuity...

    by MCVamp

    He gave it a hard reset with the company's blessing...but then every dude with pen and ink comes in and wants to reference Donner's movie or has been told to "make Superman more like Spider-Man."<br><br> Anyway, since we've had all kinds of Crisis BS the last ten years, no it isn't canon. There is no canon in DC or Marvel anymore. Every ten years Jonathan Kent is alive or Lex Luthor has been decriminalized or Peter Parker is in his early 20's or Thor dies/resurrects.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Superman vs. Bill Hassel

    by HasselFree

    HASSEL UNLEASHED at Youtube. the internet's greatest action hero returns!

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Thanks MCVamp

    by Ditko

    That´s what I expected, but I needed someone to clear it up for me. I kind of gave up on DC after Crisis (the first one, I´m THAT old, it really takes a lot of effort to keep up. Marvel needs its own Crisis too, by the way.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Smallville 2.0

    by YackBacker

    Let's see- Clark is searching for his purpose? Check. Clark meets Lois and they clash? Check. Clark chooses to become a hero and meets his main foe (Luthor)? Check. Yep, I'm curious if there's any innovation here with JMS. Let's wait and see...

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Is it innovation to say that Clark joined the Daily Planet...

    by V'Shael

    to be an investigative journalist, who tried to go after criminals and corrupt politicians etc... in a way that Superman, for all his powers, never could?<br /><p><br />I genuinely don't know, since I don't know all the various mythos versions of Superman out there.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST


    by mrsheldrake

    gave me chills. wonderful. a real mom, or at least my mom :-) and pointing out that in the real world, this guy would be MarvelMan. He could literally do anything, and thank God he had a good upbringing. His biggest temptation is to take a corporate job or unfairly play baseball? Think bigger, Big Blue.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    sorry but Kurt Busiek got there first with

    by rben

    "Secret Identity". Yup, Kurt Busiek, the unsung hero of comics.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    always a negative?

    by devilish21ca

    NerdRageFanClub, how can the suit have 'always been a negative'? Are you 85 years old, that you know it's impact in the 30's and 40's? Sure, people wouldn't adapt it NOW, but it's hard to argue it's iconography. Words like 'always' should be used carefully.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Armie Hammer is the best choice for MOS.

    by UltimaRex

    Put him in a hoodie and you don't have a punk, you have Superman in a hoodie.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST


    by 2soon2eat

    Someone had to say it. No discussion of Superman can be complete without mentioning it at least once. For those who haven't bothered to read it yet, your life is not yet complete.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    JMS on Smallville

    by Arkhangelsk

    I would have watched that show. I might give this OGN a try. Looks like an optimist's version of Supreme Powers.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Really looking forward to this

    by Snookeroo

    In fact, after I read Optimous Douches' review last week I looked all over hell's half acre for it before I realised it wasn't released yet. Go figure.<br><br>Of course, I'm also one of the half-dozen people in the world that likes JMS run (or walk) in the current Superman title.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Looks like Cyclops.

    by cookylamoo

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    supes in a hoodie


    oh how moody. superman is emo after one understands him, he's completely alone in a sea of 'humans'. his real folks are dead, his foster family is great but it's not good enough. his best friends will never really understand him....oh why not just make him goth already.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    did he trace Canseco for that baseball pic?


    looks it. i swear i had that card back in '87.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Indeed! Kurt Busiek's "Secret Identity" FTW!

    by denzacar

    Kurt Busiek's "Secret Identity" is one of the BEST Superman stories I've ever read.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    Most underrated Superman story

    by Arkhangelsk

    is Steven's T. Seagle's It's a bird. Word.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    by JUSTICE41

    Looks like DC is setting up the comics storyline for the new Superman flick

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Dark Brooding Superman. With a hoodie. Ugh.

    by Se7en

    Note to Snyder : Stay away from this image. Superman is NOT FREAKIN' DARK.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST


    by johnybhoy

    Looks absolute garbage. The figure of supes looks far too stiff (stop laughing at the back! Yes you!) the head looks too big for the body and the colours seem off. I've been disappointed in JMS since his early issues of Thor (which up to the last few issues was great). Poor art ruins Superman. Frank Quitley has done the definitive comics Supes for the forseeable future.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    In the comic's defense...

    by BizarroJerry

    Even though I haven't read it, I think everyone is focusing much to much on that cover image. They think they've got the whole thing figured out from that one image. I hate to say it, but you're judging a book by its cover, folks.<p>BUT, if he is brooding and depressed, I won't like this at all. Is it too much to ask for a Superman who actually LIKES being Superman?

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Will DC succumb like Marvel ala 'Spider-Man Twilight'

    by Se7en

    Time will tell if Nolan and Snyder has the balls to stand up to pressures from the suits to make a 'Superman Twilight'. Ugh. Double ugh. I'm actually vomiting thinking about a dark brooding Kal 'Robert Pattinson'-El.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Superman for All Seasons

    by Bass Ackwards

    Bac when Loeb/Sale were still putting out quality work, they made this gem of a superman story, one of my faves. I'm surprised there's so much negative reaction to Earth One though (well I guess I shouldn't be, it's an AICN talkback), I'm excited for it and I'll definitely be picking it up.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    I'm confused.

    by MapMan

    Is this a one-off series or a reboot of Superman for all the series (ala John Byrne)?

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    It's called Earth 1

    by DrLektor

    DC now has a revised multiverse of 52 earths, each with their own versions of the staple heroes and villains, pretty much like it was before 85. New Earth is where the main DC stories take place, this is set on Earth 1. There's no change to the status quo, this is not "ruining Superman forever" or altering the continuity with a reboot. This is just a comic with a variation of the Superman story.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    SUPERMAN: 90210 Now with more angst!

    by The_Maltese_Vulcan

    Why not just call this what it is, The Adventures of Bi-Polar Superboy, or Smallville: The Sequel?

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Emo Superman, like electric cars,

    by Toby Wan

    are gay. Can't we have a super hero that is bad ass? Why does he have to be softened up like that? These pansy ass kids NEED a bulky kick ass role model. All this generation has is Harry Potter and that pasty vampire. The Chinese will take this country over, because we are raising a generation of PUSSIES!

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Hoodie Superboy:

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Almost as 'with it' as the dialogue from the 1960s Teen Titans comic.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    fucking emo Superman?!?

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    what's next, Batman drinks blood and is secretly a vampire that sparkles?

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    So... what is this?

    by catlettuce4

    They re-tell the origin of Superman every year or three and this is meant to be exciting? Looks like a competent, but unsurprising, take on the story we all know already before we even buy a Superman book. I'm not putting it down, but why do we have to see it retold constantly? Did we collectively forget he left his farm home in Smallville, went to Metropolis, and decided to fight bad guys while wearing a colorful costume? How many issues will it be before they "introduce" Lois, Luthor, etc? Oh, I can't wait!

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Earth-One Rips off of Marvelman

    by Miles_Teg

    Moore's postulation that Marvelman was the genesis for other superhumans was revolutionary. Also, Busiek and Immonen's Secret Identity handled this with much more elegance.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    emo Clark

    by murren

    my clark kent dosnt wear hoodies and sulk about like an emo.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I hate Pa Ken dead.

    by David Cloverfield

    Why can't we have this one Superhero with his parents alive? Worked so awesome for him to have this wholesome family unit behind him. Supes didn't need family grief.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    That said, Clark being AWESOME in everything

    by David Cloverfield

    from science to construction is cool.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Feels like a rip off

    by 2LeggedFreak

    Of Ultimate Spiderman to me

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    what is an emo? does it listen to fugazi?

    by foree forehead

    and a goth? joy division??

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4 p.m. CST


    by Laserhead

    Nothing new here. Try Geoff Johns' Superman: Secret Origin. Better art, too.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    Looks good to me. Suck it haters.

    by Chain

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    How can anyone care????

    by Homer Sexual

    Ok, so there's gonna be an "updated" movie. So I suppose I get the reason to do this comic. Snyder going to re-tell the origin? Because no way in Hell will I go see that. I don't care how "Fresh" it is, that story needs a fork stuck in it, EVERYONE KNOWS IT!!! EVERYONE!!! <p> So, I have the same complete lack of interest in the comic. Modernizing the story? AGAIN? Good lord, no. <p> I would sincerely like to ask those of you who are interested in this, WHY? I am not asking in a smartass way, I am honestly curious. <p> The SPider-Man re-cast is just gonna continue, right? They aren't going to retell Parker's orgin, again, are they?

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Homer Sexual...

    by UltimaRex

    Because a reboot is back to square one.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    What Am I Not Getting

    by MattDomville

    ...about "All Star Superman"? I've read it twice and I don't see the appeal.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Busiek is an unsung hero? That's a laugh

    by kungfuhustler84

    The guy wrote Marvels for Christ's sake.<p>@Mattdomville- If you read it twice (all 12 issues) and still didn't like it, then it's probably just not your thing. It's Morrison so that's a possibility. What really made me a fan is the issue where Clark Kent interviews Luthor in jail. There's a lot of little details in the series you could blink and miss, like when Clark saves a guy from getting crushed by falling train debris just by "clumsily bumping" into him. I also really liked issue 11.<p>There is still nothing about this Superman Earth One that looks remotely interesting to me But those Gary Frank Batman designs still look pretty cool.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Byrne's Superman still the best.

    by hank henshaw

    Man of Steel > Birthright, Secret Origin, Year One put together.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by hank henshaw

    Clark Kent in the comics has rarely been characterized as a clumsy nerd. Siegel and Shuster's Clark Kent was a "mild-mannered" guy, Byrne's Kent was a little more assertive than that, George Reeves Kent was confident too, I don't know about Smallville, but from the little I've seen he is not a dork... only in Donner/Lester movies Clark Kent is a bumbling dork.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Is he tormented? Is that why he's wearing a hoodie?

    by Star Hump

    More masturbatory fanzine pablum from DC. Weak.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    That Harry animation

    by Snookeroo

    that is a Fleisher Superman homage is pretty cool. Well done. Well done.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    "Superman's suit is and has always been a negative"

    by Geekgasm

    That statement is bullshit. Superman and that suit will be around long after you're dead, Mr. Nerd-whatever-your-name-is.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Didn't we get enough emo Superman...

    by lock67ca

    ...on Smallville last season?

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Great...a Superman who's a cutter.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    able to flatiron his hair in a single stroke! he's Supermeh!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Ooh mother!

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    Sorry Ma Kent, even Superman would struggle to beat George Formby. The reason Clark decides not to be the world's greatest banjo player is because nobody, not even an alien, could ever top Wigan's brightest star. So he chooses the easier path of superhero, investigative journalist and saviour of the world.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Anyone complaining is wrong!

    by Drsambeckett1984

    he wears a normal Superman suit in this comic, its dark blue rather than right but its traditional. he isnt "Super-Hoodie at all" thats, just a twenty something wearing what twenty somethings wear.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Clumsy Clark

    by rumpledforeskin

    The Clumsy Clark bit comes from one panel in the original Siegel and Shuster comic where Clark slips on a banana peel to make it look like he accidentally beats up a bully in front of Lois. Almost beat for beat the same scene in Donner's film where Clark faints and catches the bullet in the mugging scene. Thats where the implied clumsiness comes from. Hands down the best portrayal was George Reeve, he was a cool cat, strong and assertive and his Superman personae was even more of a cool cat, complete with a sense of humor.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    You need to put him in a program

    by Star Hump

    Program? What's a program?<p> Well, I don't know, Martha! A program. For special teens.<p> Clark is just fine, Doris! I resent your tone. You're my sister. I need help!<p> Cripes Sis! He's an alien!<p> What the fuck are you talking about, you cunt?<p> Martha!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    I thought Earth 1 was the Golden Age DC Universe?

    by Royston Lodge

    Has DC thrown that idea out already?!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

    Regarding All Star Superman, I don't get the praise either. I find nothing really wrong with it, I just don't see why it's put up on a high pedestal.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Hoodie obsession?????

    by u.k. star

    He's wearing an item of clothing with a hood attached, that's all. I have several; I have a Cypress Hill one that I bought in 1992, I still have a GAP one that I bought in 1998 and I have several others. You know why? Well for one when it's cold the keep my head and ears warm. For another I've always liked them and even though I'm past thirty cardigans and track tops with hoods or "hoodies" are what a lot of people of my generation wear. He was always wearing hats in the 50s and so on right? You know what that meant? Other than it was another part of a disguise, it meant he looked like every other, similar man of his generation. !0 years ago he might have had a, backwards, flat cap, a Kangol or a Goorin. I don't even like Superman, can't stand him, but the Hoodie nonsense all over the net is just plain madness, even for fanboys. JMS has written some very good comics, especially Marvel’s DC parallel Squadron Supreme series; so once again I'll try and see if I can finally find a Superman story worth reading, that doesn't have Batman making up for him. On a side note Christopher Reeve's portrayal of Kent as hunched over, bumbling and "weak" was outstanding and about the only way that Superman's ridiculous "disguise" is even remotely tolerable.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Thanks to uk star, I feel more informed

    by Star Hump

    about just how handy and functional hoodies are. Who knew?? They keep your ears warm? Well, lord love a duck. Fascinating.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Enough with the emo bullshit

    by smatt584

    I don't think most of you people know the meaning of the word "emo". Does Clark have tight pants, colored side-swept bangs, hot-topic-style studded belts, mascara, constant whining (no, thoughtful contemplation doesn't count as whining or "brooding" just please use a dictionary once in your life), and listening to Jimmy-Eat-World? None of the above? Oh yeah, you just use buzz-words that you heard others use and can't think of anything original to say because you're big tools. All I see is Clark trying to decide whether he wants to devote his entire life to serving everyone but himself, or to put another spin on it, the Jesus comparison again. That would be a really hard choice. This seems to fit Superman like a glove, as we all know that none of us here would think twice to profit for ourselves, while in this comic, this is an important turning point in Clark's life which requires the biggest decision he will probably ever make. This is definitely much more realistic. And quit bitching about the hoodie, you think a guy that age walks around in a suit or blue tights nonstop? The panels even showed the costume so you know they didnt scrap it, but show that hes still on the fence about actually using it. Fucking sad how little many here seem to actually think this through before bitching like a little girl with a skinned knee. No idea if this is original or not, but I think it looks very promising and has a lot of potential as a comic or movie. I guess I can't know for sure until I've read the whole thing though. Just pisses me off when people bag on something in the dumbest way possible. Let's at least pretend that half the commentors on this panel aren't legally retarded and can use logic to form coherent arguments.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Above all, Superman should be "realistic"

    by Star Hump

    The stories are a lot better that way.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Superman = America- ARROGANCE

    by BlackJackBauer2

    Superman is nothing but how America wants to be viewed by the world - as the unbeatable uncorruptable all powerful savior of all humans. draped in the red and the blue baby. the american dream baby. <p> But that green....that green, the MONEY, is his weakness. He becomes a mere mortal once he gets a taste of that money: weak, weak, weak. Worthless. <p> Hell, America even knows how the rest of its citizens are,we see their traits in clark kent: weak,unsure of himself,scared as fuck, clumsy. thats the REAL america, the people, while Superman is is our IMAGE.