PROCESS PIECE: A look at SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE
It’s not a stretch to say that a lot of work goes into getting what you hold in your hands when you have a finished comic book or graphic novel. From script to pencils to inks to colors to the final printed or digital copy you hold in your hands, the creative process is a wonder for an outsider to see.
That brings us to PROCESS PIECE, which will be a regular feature here on The Source. What we hope to do is bring you, the reader, into the room – from script to final lettering – so you can get a sense of what’s going on with not only your favorite characters, but your favorite creators.
We begin with SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, from writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis. The sequence we’ve selected to run’s a jaw-dropper, as we see Clark Kent don the Superman duds for the first time. Click below to dive in and read the entire post. See you there.
An arm slips into a blue costume.
"...you're unique in all the world."
A blue shirt is pulled down over a head.
A boot is pulled on.
"Not just ANY man...and more than just A man..."
The S symbol on his chest fills the frame.
Superman stands in mid-air, revealed in his costume and his full strength. A beauty shot.
A downshot from behind Superman as he comes roaring down out of the clouds, heading for where a group of mechs and tanks have congregated.
Superman CRASHES into the middle of them like a meteor streaking out of the heavens, WHOMP!
The mechs start POUNDING down at him, operating in unison.
Superman looks up at an incoming Mech-fist, his own fist cocked back.
The impact of his fist hits like an explosion, blasting away the mechs.
"Target acquired, advance forces engaged."
On Tyrell as he walks through his ship, fully outfitted. A floating report 'bot hovers alongside.
Preliminary analysis indicates forces as deployed will be unsuccessful in current engagement --
There was never any question. They were never MEANT to defeat him.
Close on Tyrell as he enters a shuttle-pod.
They were meant only to bring him... to ME. So that I may finish that which needs to be finished.
As the door closes on him.
The death of the last survivor of Krypton.
The shuttle-pod DESCENDS from the mothership.
Lois and Olsen stand their ground in the middle of a street as others flee past them. Olsen is looking through the camera, taking photos. The place SHAKES with the OS battle.
Lois, you SURE you want to be out in the open for this?
Are you kidding? I wouldn't miss this for the world.
Close on Olsen as he looks through the lens.
A through-the-camera-lens (complete with readouts) re-do of the classic Action Comics image with Superman throwing a car at robbers...only in this case he's throwing a tank-like vehicle at a bunch of mechs.