Superman Earth One online
With Superman: Earth One by writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Ardian Syaf hitting comic stores today (it'll be available in book stores on February 10), we conducted an email interview with JMS to hear more about the project.
JMS talked about creating his version of Zod, how the Man of Steel movie had an important effect on the story, and more. Hear what he had to say, then let us know your thoughts in the comments.
IGN Comics: Reflecting back on the first two volumes of Superman: Earth One, what did you learn that you incorporated into this third volume?
J. Michael Straczynski: I think it's really a matter of becoming incrementally more comfortable with Clark and Superman as characters, on their own and the ways in which those two personas intersect.
It's a fun process because the characters are going through a very similar journey as well: Clark is trying to figure out where he fits in at the Daily Planet as the new guy who just happened to nail the interview of the century (and is thus a target of some suspicion) and Superman is trying to figure out where to draw the line between what he can do and what he should do, and is thus also a target of suspicion and concern by government leaders worried about that kind of unchecked power in the aftermath of some regime change in v2. It's not so much one specific lesson as a process of growth for both writer and characters.
IGN: How accessible is this volume to new readers? Do readers need to have read the first two in order to pick this one up?
JMS: All three books are written with the approach that you can read any one of them and get a full story, with all the necessary exposition tucked into that volume. If you have read the prior volumes, you'll enjoy it more, but if you haven't, you will absolutely have no problem following the current story.
IGN: Superman’s love life continued to be a main element of this story. Could you talk about what he deals with in this volume?
JMS: There are two parallel tracks he has to contend with. There's his neighbor, Lisa Lasalle, who just really likes Clark on every level as Clark, who has always been something of a loner. So she has to keep trying to break him out of his shell. I think a part of him is alarmed by that and a part of him really wants that, so it's kind of a cool dynamic.
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