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Superman: Birthright Paperback – October 1, 2005
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"...a rich retelling and revamping of Superman's origin."—The Fourth Rail
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With over twenty years of experience in his field, Waid maintains a blog at www.markwaid.com that is full of advice for beginning writers and experienced authors both.
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What makes the Man of Tomorrow take his stand? What goes through a young boy's mind that causes him to don tights and a cape and a big red "S" and stand up to fight for truth, justice, and the American way? These are questions that get asked when the real question is, "Why should we care about a man who cannot be hurt?"
These are the questions that Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu set out to answer in Superman: Birthright.
This book was the big effort from DC to bring the Man of Steel into the 21st century, and it was the job of the writer, artist, and the rest of the collaborators to accomplish this while keeping true to the spirit of the character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster. A new view of a familiar origin was needed, a new perspective on characters that had been loved for over six decades, and Superman Birthright accomplishes all that and more.
We first see Superman as Kal El, infant son of Jor El and Lara during Krypton's last dying hours. The familiar elements are there - his parents will send him to earth where his Kryptonian biology will gain incredible powers from the radiation of Earth's yellow sun, but before he goes, he is wrapped in the Flag of Krypton and given a recordings of its history. This is where Waid and Yu really start to dig into the mythology and explore some new motivations. The "S" symbol is not just the El family crest, not just a sign on a blanket sent with the last son of Krypton to his new home - it is a reminder of his heritage, a symbol of his people and what they stood for, and something that Clark Kent will always carry with him.Read more ›
Then a teenager from Ghana urged me to try this comic novel reconsideration of Mr. S. I found this to be very operatic and heart-rending. The artist/observer's POVs were fantastic and each panel seemed frameable, making the oldies I remember seem so quaint and camp. Operas get updated in similar ways, and it's risky, but this team pulled it off to one reader's complete satisfaction.
The process of updating/adaptation/re-imagining reminds me of the saying: ''If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.'' --Tancredi, the young aristocrat in Giuseppe di Lampedusa's novel, ''The Leopard"
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After more than 60 years, it is time to retell the story of the origin of Superman, and this book is it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
Amazing. This book should be a movie. I just spent two hours reading this graphic novel. Man, I was so impressed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John R. Gigliotti
Mark Waid is my favorite comic book writer and it shows in this masterpiece of comics regarding the origin of Superman in the DC mythos. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Emmanuel Akinola
This is the best superman origin I've read. I loved it. Mark Waid can write a good superman story. Also Leinil Francis Yu's art is amazing.Published 10 months ago by Albert Lee
Thanks to Mark Waid writing, this was one of the first Superman stories I have read that truly made me feel more for the character and see his origin story as more fleshed out and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ethan Harrison