Superman's origins have been imagined and reimagined over the years. Here is a new take on the character's roots. Superman: Birthright retells the early chapters of Superman's story, from escape as an infant from the doomed planet Krypton to arrival as reporter Clark Kent at the Daily Planet and his first public exploits. Writer Waid puts his own spin on the legend, rethinking nearly every aspect of the venerable character while remaining respectful of his established history. Waid wisely integrates ideas from the popular TV series smallville but doesn't slavishly follow its innovations; for instance, a young Lex Luthor befriends Clark in high school, but unlike in the series, his sinister nature is clear even then. Waid similarly tweaks the rest of the well-known cast, from Lois Lane and Clark's other Planet colleagues to Ma and Pa Kent. Ironically, though he updates the character, Waid evokes Superman's pre-World War II incarnation, whom his Depression-reared creators kept engaged in righting society's ills. Leinil Francis Yu's stylized artwork is expressively dynamic to the point of caricature, but this larger-than-life visual approach befits the retelling of a myth. Gordon Flagg
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"Birthright has everything a Superman fan could want...Mark Waid was born to write Superman."—BrokenFrontier
"...a rich retelling and revamping of Superman's origin."—The Fourth Rail
Amazing. This book should be a movie. I just spent two hours reading this graphic novel. Man, I was so impressed. Read morePublished 1 month 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 3 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 5 months ago by Tabemonogatari
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 5 months ago by Ethan Harrison
One of the best Superman comics I have read. This comic delves deeper into the Lex / Superman personas and the rivalry held by Lex. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Brant
A fresh look at his origin story, as well as Lex Luthor's.Published 6 months ago by Thomas J Schmidt
I have been reading Superman comics since 1956 and can say this is un equivocally the best retelling of his origin I have ever read (and that includes Man Of Steel by John Byrne. Read morePublished 9 months ago by nod/smh!