- Posted by Johanna on August 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
At the end of last year, DC announced Earth One, two origin retellings of Superman and Batman that would go direct to book format (original graphic novels, or OGNs, as they’re called in trade lingo). In that announcement, we were promised an “ongoing series of OGNs in a new continuity, on a new Earth.”
Big questions at the time were left open, the most important of which was pricing and release dates. Superman: Earth One is due out November 2 as a 136-page, $20 hardcover (just about a year after it was first announced). There is no Batman listing yet.
But since that first PR, DC management has changed, which leads to the latest news about the line (found by Kevin Huxford): DC seems to be backing away from the original graphic novel idea, the only thing that kept this project from being yet another case of “big name writer decides to redefine major character origin, only to be forgotten two years after when he’s moved on to other things”. (Writer J. Michael Straczynski already did that with Spider-Man.)
As Comic Book Resources reported at the San Diego Superman panel,
The fan asked whether [Straczynski] plans on continuing the “Earth One” stories. The writer revealed that the hardcover release will be followed up with by single issues, which will later be collected.
So much for the “ongoing series of OGNs”. Instead, it sounds like they’re planning to establish a new continuity, rather like Marvel’s Ultimate line, that springboards from the origin hardcover into new comic issues, which are then reprinted in book format. In other words, business as usual instead of experimenting with new formats for the bookstore customers. Or as Huxford summed it up, “if they’re ready to bail out on it before it has even hit shelves, that says more negative about DC as a publisher than the initial plan said positively about them.”