The story of Bruce Wayne becoming Batman is a familiar one. It has been around for a million years (well not that many. More like 72 years.)! We've had versions where Joe Chill was the killer of Bruce's parents and versions where the killer of Bruce's parents was never brought to justice. Through it all, Bruce still became Batman. DC writer and CCO Geoff Johns (Green Lantern, Justice League) and artist extraordinaire Gary Frank (Supreme Power, Action Comics) re-teamed to give us a modern take on Gotham's Dark Knight's origin. But they didn't do it in the current DC 52 universe. They gave Batman the Earth One treatment a la Superman in which whatever happens in this story is its own contained universe that won't affect the DC Universe proper and where anything can happen. And boy, does anything happen in Batman: Earth One! The rules that we are accustomed in the Batman universe don't apply in this story.
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Frank's work on B:E1 is good. At times it does seem like he rushed through his art. He has moments of brilliance and as soon as you turn the page, you start wondering if it's still Frank drawing B:E1. It just doesn't seem to flow too well at certain moments. But it doesn't really take away from the pacing of the story, either. I like Gary Frank's work, don't get me wrong. It just seemed that with all the prep time he had, the artwork could have been a bit less uneven. Frank's design for B:E1 Batman works because it is so simple. There are no lenses protecting his eyes or wires running through his suit. It is just a vengeful man in a bat suit out for revenge without putting much thought of the ramifications it might have. The one thing I would change is the oval bat emblem. In order for the costume to be slick and simple, it doesn't need to have a big yellow oval in the middle of all that darkness. They should've stuck with the simple bat symbol from the beginning.
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