DC Comics has announced the Batman: Earth One, the original graphic novel that was expected to arrive last year, will indeed hit shelves in 2012.
Batman: Earth One is written by Geoff Johns with art by Gary Frank will present a brand new modern take on Batman – on a different Earth, and in no way tied to the NuDCU.
“Gary and I are tackling BATMAN from the beginning, before he knows what he’s doing and with a very different ultimate goal in mind,” said Johns. “He’s never left Gotham. And our Gotham and the people in it are very gray. Our heroes unlikely. Our villains hidden. Our story is only beginning with volume one.”
“It’s essentially the first piece of the jigsaw,” said Frank. “He’s not the Batman people know, but he might be one day. He’s certainly not yet a superhero. The fun is to watch him piece the persona together drawing on his experiences and the influences of those around him and, at this stage, the idea of becoming a ‘superhero’ hasn’t even entered his head.”
The Source has released images from the book, for fans to check out.