DC Comics caught up with writer Frank Miller and artist John Romita Jr. to get an insight into their upcoming 3-issue “Superman: Year One” large-format series, how it’s different to other Superman origin stories, and why fans should check it out.
FM: This is baby Kal-El’s odyssey from planet Krypton to planet Earth. From a strange little boy to Superman. It’s a hero’s journey wherein a boy discovers his powers and more importantly, his destiny.
JRJr: It’s a different take on the origin and the growing up of Superman. It’s really peeling away the layers of the character, aging from infant to young adult and then finally to adult. The periods of time that we are covering haven’t really been covered before, other than maybe some tiny vignettes, and this really investigates deeply each of these moments in his life. It applies the problems of being an alien in Kansas, amongst regular children, and how he has to deal with it. It’s a deep, deep examination of the growing up of a super-alien living on planet Earth.
FM: Because we’re bringing our best with very good material and an incredible character.
JRJr: I say this with humility and as a humble, shy person, but this is the best book you’re ever going to read.
This story details new revelations that reframe the Man of Steel’s most famous milestones – from Kal-El’s frantic exile from Krypton, to Clark Kent’s childhood in Kansas, to his inevitable rise to become the most powerful and inspiring superhero of all time.