Batman is not a hero. He is just a man.Fallible, vulnerable, and angry. Everyone knows Batman, even if they’ve never so much as dipped a toe into the comic book world. His story is as iconic as that of Superman, so what happens when DC Comics Chief Creative Officer decides Bruce Wayne needs a shake up? Enter Batman: Earth One. Set in an alternate universe, so as not to upset the status quo too much, it sees Bruce Wayne not as the world’s greatest detective but as a fallible, flawed young man working his way through feelings of isolation and survivor’s guilt by projecting them into a quest for vengeance.
This version of Batman is not out to protect the innocent; he’s an angry vigilante hell bent on his quest with little interest in heroics and a lot to learn about the mean streets of Gotham. Story by : Geoff Johns Art by : Gary Frank, Jonathan Sibal Cover by : Gary Frank, Brad Anderson Publisher : DC Comics Cover Price : $22.99 Release Date : Wed, July 4th, 2012 Much like it’s titular Batman in Gotham City, Geoff Johns’ Batman: Earth One graphic novel has long been a rumor among the comics’ world but now it looks like it’s finally coming out. Set for release in comic shops on July 4th and book stores on July 10th, the all new graphic novel by Johns and Gary Frank will take place in a different universe from the primary DC titles and will now retell the origin of the Batman with a more realistic take on the character.Now with it just weeks away, you can take a look at a preview of the first four pages here via BuzzFeed.