Gary Frank

COMICS REVIEW: ‘Batman: Earth One’

Give Geoff Johns the right character and enough room to run, and he’s capable of producing some of the most exciting work in mainstream comics. He’s proven it with Hawkman, Green Lantern, Flash and Superman, and now he tries to work the same kind of magic with this alternate origin tale for the Dark Knight. After months of hype, Batman: Earth One is finally here. So, did Johns hit that high mark once again?

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DC Comics announced today we’d see Smallville return not to television, but to comic books with a new ongoing, digital-first series called Season 11. It’ll be written by Bryan Q. Miller with interior art from Pere Perez. The covers will be handled by Gary Frank, print, and Cat Staggs, digital.

Season 11 will pick up right where the television series left off and the first issue will release on April 13th, with a new digital chapter released every week. These digital chapters will, “be offered in a print periodical, along with an episode guide to the hit television series, with the first print issue released on May 16.”

Miller is no stranger to Smallville having written quite a few scripts for the series and I think it’s great to hear he’ll be teamed with his former Batgirl artist, Perez. Season 11 will follow Clark, now officially Superman as well as show regulars Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Chloe Sullivan-Queen, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and General Lane.

See, if you were looking to see Justin Hartley back in the role of Green Arrow, DC’s got you covered. Sort of.

Miller sounds really excited about the project as he explains the premise,

Six months after Clark Kent donned the cape and took to the skies to save Earth from Apokolips… enter Season 11! New allies abound! New enemies afoot! And old friends return where they’re least expected! Pere and colorist Chris Beckett have done a fantastic job of capturing the look of the show and the players, and Gary and Cat are knocking it out of the park on covers. I couldn’t be more excited to help give seasoned viewers and new readers an all-access pass to Clark’s first year in the cape.

Personally I never got into the Smallville series. I like my super heroes in costumes and capes and that was precicely was Smallville avoided for nine of its ten season. The show just wasn’t for me.

But I’ve got to say, I kind of dig this cover by Staggs.

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