Quote:Last week we talked about underrated comics of the 80's and 90's so it's only fair that we talk about overrated comics this week.
Quote:What comics did you buy in the 80's or 90's that were overrated?
Byrne's work. I didn't see the point of what he did with Superman and I don't think he really understood the Fantastic Four.
Superman was too powerful for the Marvel Universe, where Byrne had worked previously, but he wasn't too powerful for the DC Universe, which is where his stories took place. Byrne fixed what wasn't broken. Nor did Superman's parents need to still be alive, since Superman can travel time, which means he could have visited his parents in the past. And don't even get me started about the elimination of Clark as Superboy.
As for the Fantastic Four, Byrne's take on Reed Richards turned me off. He went for the stuffy, pipe-smoking college professor of the very first issues of the comic, completely ignoring the bulk of Stan and Jack's body of work, where Reed had morphed into something more along the lines of the 1950s scientific adventurer, who would have been highly athletic even without powers, a spelunker and a scuba diver, a skydiver and a rescue ranger, while still being a whiz in the laboratory.
Both comics died for me when Byrne took them over.
I only read A handful of Superman issues from the 70s but they always seemed really close to the 60s Superman stories. Superman didnt have an overhaul it the 70s like Batman did and it showed. Superman comics were tired and outdated. Maybe Byrne should have done a reboot but something was needed.
I thiught the FF under Byrne was great. They are some of my favorite issues.