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Superman: Birthright - The Origin of the Man of Steel

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The whole world knows that Superman fights for truth and justice...but why does he?  What drives a farmboy from Kansas to divide his life between posing as a mild-mannered reporter and embarking on a career as a super-hero?

Superman: Birthright tells the exciting origin of The Man of Steel, incorporating his vast and colorful legend into a brand-new epic tale...a battle to save both the legacy of Krypton ...

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Overview

The whole world knows that Superman fights for truth and justice...but why does he?  What drives a farmboy from Kansas to divide his life between posing as a mild-mannered reporter and embarking on a career as a super-hero?

Superman: Birthright tells the exciting origin of The Man of Steel, incorporating his vast and colorful legend into a brand-new epic tale...a battle to save both the legacy of Krypton and the future of Metropolis!

This volume collects Superman: Birthright #1-12.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

From the Publisher
"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401202521
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Series: Superman Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 101,234
  • Product dimensions: 6.65 (w) x 10.17 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Waid bought his first comic at age four and has never once since entertained the notion of not buying comics. In his early twenties, granted only the writing skills one absorbs by living life as a copious reader, Waid began freelance reporting for and eventually editing comic-book trade publications such as Amazing Heroes. This led to an editorial tenure at DC Comics. Waid left DC’s staff in 1989 to pursue a full-time freelance career. Since then, he has written stories for every major comics publisher, including Marvel Comics, Archie Comics (where he served briefly as their cover-gag editor), Dark Horse Comics and DC. In years past, he has written every major character from Superman to Batman to Spider-Man. Currently, Waid lives in California, anxiously awaiting the day his parents will finally break down and confess to him that he is, in fact, not their actual child but rather an adopted orphan from the doomed planet Krypton.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    The Ultimate in Superman Origin Stories

    Quite a few years ago DC Comics set out to re-introduce people to the origin of Superman. The last time this had been done was with John Byrne in the 80's, and a lot has been changed since then.

    This book is perhaps one of the best introductions to Superman a person can ask for. Yu's artwork is OUTSTANDING, and the story is amazingly well written.

    Instead of just a little recap of what we already know, this book takes the time to really get to know and understand Clark Kent and Superman, and really delves into what motivated Clark into making the decisions that made him into the Superman we all know and love.

    This is THE PERFECT place for any new comic reader to get into Superman, as no other origin can match up to it.

    Heck, even Geoff Johns is in the process of re-doing the Superman Origins, which seems like it does more to establish some current continuity facts as opposed to telling a deeply involved story like Birthright did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2014

    This is what we should have gotten for the movie! Forget Snyder

    This is what we should have gotten for the movie!

    Forget Snyder and Nolan's Murderman, THIS is what should have been adapted for the movie reboot! And since it has a giant spider in it, even John Peters would have been happy with it! It's too bad this is no longer cannon, it's probably the best origin they've ever done for Superman! Unfortunately, the attempt to put it into the pre-existing continuity of its day went clunky and was handled poorly and so it was largely scrapped after Infinite Crisis. But as a stand alone story, it is probably the best Superman story ever written IMHO.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

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    Great reimagining of a classic!

    Mark Waid has always had such a good grasp of what makes Superman and Clark Kent cool. Here he reinvents one of the most classic origins of all time and does it really well. The art by Leinil Francis Yu is very good, however I'm still not sure its a good fit with Superman. The dark sketchiness doesn't always mesh well with Metropolis and Smallville. Waid's Luthor is ne of the best and I think this would make a really good animated movie. Overall, really good stuff!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    A Fresh Retelling of Superman's Origins

    Superman: Birthright, a 12-issue limited series about the beginnings of the Man of Steel, is a great revamping of the Superman tale. It makes one read with new fervor and interest into the origins of one of our most famous superheroes. I highly recommend it for the collection of any fan of Superman.

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