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Subj: It was never rated very highly. . .
Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 at 01:20:03 pm EDT (Viewed 105 times)
Reply Subj: Does Anyone Else Think That Birthright Was Overrated?
Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 at 10:18:46 pm EDT (Viewed 125 times)

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I don't believe that I have ever read the entirety of it, but I did buy a few issues as they came out (Back in my college days, god, how I miss them.), and I didn't really feel as strongly as other people felt, I guess. I felt that yet ANOTHER origin story for Superman was unnecessary, and I felt that this was somewhat drawn out. I did think that there was some good writing and a few touching moments and the artwork by Yu was very good, but overall, I just found the story to not be anything special, and too long. I think that Mark Waid said that this was the best thing that he wrote, and I know that this was something of a dream project for him, but I definitely don't think that this is one of the best Superman stories (It usually makes the Top 10 lists.). I don't know, maybe hardcore Superman fans (Like Waid is.) were the core audience for this one.

Seriously, BR was a total whiff and thud. It just goes on top lists sometimes because it has Waid's name, it's accessible, and it can be packaged into tidy TPBs.

Very little publicity and backing from DC. No in-continuity explanation for a modified origin.

And Waid, who is a big pre-crisis fan, was unsuccessful in bringing it back.

He instead brought forth a weak-tea hybrid Maggin novel/Smallville TV show rolled into the existing Byrne MOS origin and characterization.

It was *highly* unsatisfying with some good moments here and there.

Also, Lenil Yu was totally mismatched for art on this project. And his art deteriorated as the series went on. I think he was hired on because maybe it was felt that he had a similar sensibility to the Marvel "Ultimate" books that sold well back then or something.

I wouldn't say John's "Secret Origin" was much better. It just had the advantage of art by Gary Frank and being shorter.

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