Follow TV Tropes


Comic Book / Earth One

Go To
The Trinity for a new generation.

"This freshly created Universe is still cooling and yet unformed. Earth-1's known super-beings - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Teen Titans - are at the beginning of their careers. Time and space are still pliable and nothing here is certain."
The Multiversity Guidebook

Earth One is a series of graphic novels released by DC Comics that was started in 2010 with Superman: Earth One. Like the All-Star DC Comics before it, Earth One is DC's counterpart to Marvel's Ultimate Marvel line. Unlike All-Star however, it follows the Ultimate line more closely by being a modernized reboot of The DCU in a new continuity as well as all of the books having a Shared Universe as opposed to being a series of unrelated miniseries in their own continuity. It retells the origins of various characters such as Superman and Batman, often re-interpreting and modernizing them as well as putting new twists in.

Graphic novels set in this verse are:

Earth One provides examples of:

  • Age Lift: Jimmy Olsen, normally a teenager, is older than Superman. Conversely, Lucius Fox, normally a middle-aged man, is younger than Batman.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Rita Farr becomes Rita Markov by Related in the Adaptation.
    • Viktor Markov is Will Markov.
    • Etta Candy becomes Elizabeth Candy.
    • And most importantly, General Zod's name goes from being his last to his first as he's Zod-El, Jor-El's brother
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Elizabeth Candy and Diana herself are bisexual in Wonder Woman Earth One.
  • Clothing Switch: Superman's call signal becomes a searchlight with his seal on it! Just aim at the sky and presto.
    • Batman's call signal becomes a small pager he gives to his pal Gordon. It has a single button so he can just buzz Batman if need arises.
  • Darker and Edgier: Krypton's destruction was a deliberate act of war, Superman's more angsty than other portrayals and is distrusted by the public, Bruce Wayne isn't as skilled as other versions and is originally solely concerned with bringing in the man he believes had his parents killed to justice, Alfred is the family's bodyguard (not their butler) and encourages Bruce to kill, Jim Gordon is a reluctant Dirty Cop, Diana is a Child by Rape between Hercules and Hippolyta who originally kept Diana for the purpose of enacting a war against all males, Starfire is the source of several Titans' powers thanks to STAR Labs (led by Cyborg's villainous mother) experimenting on them, the Green Lantern Corps is already gone by the time Hal Jordan gets his power ring—though things improve on that end thanks to Hal, Hal himself is more jaded and cynical, and the last Guardian is insane.
  • Advertisement:
  • Decomposite Character: The male Luthor and Harvey Dent aren't this universe's version of Lex Luthor and Two-Face, but combined with Gender Flip, their respective wife and sister are.
  • Gender Flip: Lex Luthor's wife Alexandra becomes this universe's real Lex Luthor, and Jessica Dent, Harvey Dent's twin sister, becomes Two-Face instead of her brother.
  • Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness: The Green Lantern of Earth One is more of a hard sci-fi take.
  • Mythology Gag: Lots. See the works' individual pages for more information.
  • Race Lift: Raven is Native American, Kole is Asian, and Steve Trevor and Cassie Sandsmark are African-American as opposed to being Caucasian like in the main continuity.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Bruce Wayne is part of the Arkham family from his mother's side, Rita Farr (now Rita Markov) is Tara Markov's mother though not biologically related, General Zod is Superman's uncle, and Wonder Woman is the biological daughter of Hippolyta and Hercules.
  • Shared Universe: All of the books take place in the same verse, with some minor nods to each other. (There was some initial uncertainty as to whether Teen Titans: Earth One shared the continuity of the others, but it was confirmed to in The Multiversity.)
  • Ultimate Universe: A new reboot of DCU that retells them for a 21st-century audience often reimagining the details? Yep, fits the bill.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: