Clark Kent Takes First Flight in ‘Superman: Earth One’ Preview [Exclusive]
The last time we checked in on J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis’ Superman: Earth One, a young Clark Kent had just arrived in Metropolis only to be confronted by a mugger. While Clark didn’t necessarily let it ruin his day (thanks to heat vision), our exclusive preview from DC Comics shows how the power of flight can wash away even the angst of a farm-raised alien adjusting to a bustling burg.Earth One’s take on Superman’s origin has so far been characterized by its cover image and initial preview, which depicts a pretty moody Clark Kent in a hoodie and jacket, revealing his signature “S” shield underneath. Clark seems a little depressed as he searches for a purpose in the world, but the new preview seems to imply his apathy is a temporary itch that he can scratch with a quick flight into space. Maybe he’s identifying with Neil Armstrong’s famous quote following his mission to the moon? “It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”
It’s nice to see that Superman’s power levels are in line with what many fans might characterize as tradition. As an origin story set on Earth, Earth One probably won’t see Supes do much space travel, but a Superman who can kick it in space without a dorky breathing apparatus is always a good thing.
Check out our exclusive 3-page preview below, and then catch up on the OGN’s first preview: