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Subj: Byrne's whole run is *still* classic.
Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 at 12:20:21 am EDT (Viewed 127 times)
Reply Subj: How Well Do The John Byrne Books Hold Up Today? I Didn't Find Them To Be Too Great.
Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 at 10:15:33 pm EDT (Viewed 149 times)

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I read quite a few of them a few years ago (I still want/need to get the Supergirl arc, and the issue where Superman kills those Phantom Zone criminals.), and one or two issues recently, and they really don't seem like anything classic or special. I was kind of disappointed. It might just be me, because I find Byrne's writing to be a little bit- clunky. Too much exposition (And explaining.), and his dialogue is definitely not the best. I'm sure that they were a big deal back in the day. What do you guys think? Are there any classics that you can recommend (Other than the two classic Luthor stories in Superman that he did.)? Thanks.

It all holds up very, very well.

Byrne was a master-story teller and the peak of his powers. You read any of his stuff from the 80s and it's GOLD.

I strongly disagreed with some fundamental premises of his reboot and his vision of the character, but I *never* argued that his execution of his vision wasn't excellent.

Still super quality comics. There's a reason his MOS held up better than more recent reworkings like Birthright and Secret Origins.

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