Hot on the heels of today’s announcement of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s “Batman: Earth One” hitting stores in 2012, DC Comics has released new preview images from J. Michael Straczynski’s “Superman: Earth One” Volume Two by artist Shane Davis. Via its blog, The Source, the publisher confirmed a follow-up to the 2010 New York Times bestseller will be available this year. While a specific date was not provided, a fall 2012 release was estimated by DC during New York Comic-Con 2011.
The first volume of “Superman: Earth One” featured a revamped origin for the Man of Steel. It’s been two years since the first chapter was released, during which time Straczynski has teased things to come for the OGN series — including the inclusion of the Parasite as Superman’s main villain. “The overwhelming success of volume one of ‘Superman: Earth One’ — 37 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list for graphic novels — meant we had to ensure that Volume Two was even better,” the writer told The Source. “We couldn’t just rest on our laurels. (And does anyone actually rest on laurels? Are there gatherings of laurel-resters? If so, why haven’t I been invited? These are the questions that keep me up at night while the rest of the world dreams.) Thematically, if Volume One was about Clark figuring out where he belongs, then Volume Two is about Superman trying to figure out where he belongs in all this, even as the world does the same at their end. How far can he push his power before he becomes something other than what he intended to become? In the midst of all this Clark gets his first apartment, becoming entangled with a beautiful woman next door, Lois starts trying to figure out what it is about Clark that doesn’t add up, and a new and terrifyingly strong version of the Parasite is born from what was previously a serial killer…and now Superman has to confront someone who is not only as strong as he is, but can drain his power completely. In the aftermath of one of the massive battles that threatens to tear apart Metropolis, Clark for the first time feels what it’s like to be normal, to be mortal, to be vulnerable…to be us. In the end, Volume Two is about power: its use and abuse, and its place in the world, to be used for good or for evil.”
The newly unveiled pages depict Earth One Superman and the Davis’ new interpretation of the Parasite. The artist spoke about the evolution of the villain throughout the second volume. “Working on Volume Two gave me a chance to re-create one of Superman’s villains, the Parasite,” Davis told The Source. “In doing so, I decided to develop the character in stages as the fights progress throughout the book. There are three stages of evolution: going from frail to the strongest villain Superman has ever faced. ‘Earth One’ Parasite is one of the most complicated and disgustingly beautiful characters I have ever designed! I came at Volume Two in more of a movie sense, choreographing the fight scenes differently from one another, adding a little more muscle to Superman this time around as he is a practicing superhero, while drawing the ‘Geek’ Clark Kent, who loves a sweater! I always kept the old in mind while bringing in the new.”
“Superman: Earth One” Volume Two hits stores this fall.