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Subj: It is Overrated. I finally took time to actually read it
Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 at 09:59:52 pm EDT (Viewed 104 times)
Reply Subj: Does Anyone Else Think That Birthright Was Overrated?
Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 at 10:18:46 pm EDT (Viewed 136 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.

And it's not that good. Normally, I love Waid's work. But Birthright was sub-par with some VERY SLOPPY writing in the first few issues that I cannot believe Waid willingly wrote without thinking some of his ideas were nothing short of STUPID. My mouth literally dropped open at some of those glaring writing mistakes that I, to this day, still cannot believe Waid made.

All in all, it wasn't Waid's greatest work, not by a long shot. And considering that it was written out of continuity just a few short years later speaks volumes on what DC really thought of it as well. Which wasn't much.

And since Waid is supposedly a big Pre-Crisis fan, I'm surprised he didn't include Superboy somewhere in there or give Superman super intelligence.

The art was good but not great. That's all I'll say about that.

It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?
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