Since in no way do I feel like paraphrasing, I’ll let DC Comics do the talking. Coming from their Source blog:
Starting next year, DC Comics will unveil SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE and BATMAN: EARTH ONE, two graphic novels spotlighting the most powerful heroes of the DC Universe, with their first years and earliest moments retold in a standalone, original graphic novel format, on a new earth with an all-new continuity.
Return to Smallville and experience the journey of Earth’s greatest adopted son, as he grows from boy to Superman in SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE by J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis.
Watch from the darkest corners of Crime Alley as a young boy is struck by unbelievable tragedy that will forge the greatest crime-fighter to ever stalk the rooftops of Gotham City in BATMAN: EARTH ONE, by writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank.
While DC is calling this a big deal, i hardly see the ‘bigness” in it. Marvel already has their own “Ultimate’ universe, so this might finally be DC’s response to that. If so, I’ll be having to shell out even more dough per week for my comic book addiction.
Even though DC is doing this, it brings to question the All-Star Comics that they had going on for awhile, featuring Batman and Superman. After all, those were some very good reads, especially Grant Morrison’s Superman. Anyway, let’s just wait and see what happens.