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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Reweaves the Superman legend incorporating his established history, from escape as an infant from the doomed planet Krypton to arrival as reporter Clark Kent at the Daily Planet.

Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2004
ISBN: 9781401202521
Characteristics: 287, [17] p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 28 cm
Alternative Title: Superman (Comic strip)
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May 27, 2016

This is the definitive Superman origin story to me. His nature is well-established, in that he's caring and charitable and wants to help people, and the way that translates into him putting on the red cape and *why* comes across as completely understandable. The "silly" elements of Superman make so much sense when told this way that when I first read it in 2004, it made Superman my favorite superhero (which has caused me much grief since so many other people, especially those like Zach Snyder, don't get him at all).

Birthright is what Man of Steel should have been: it humanizes Kal-El in a way that is surprising but doesn't turn him into a mopey mess who would never in a million years dedicate his life to helping others.

If you're sure that you don't like Superman because he's just "too silly" or "so powerful he doesn't have any conflict," then give this one a read and reconsider.

rebekahgordon1 Aug 08, 2014

This is for sure in my top-three Superman books of all time (along with Secret Identity and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow). If you think you don't like Supes (I mean, for good reason -- he IS pretty boring most of this time), read this book, and you might rethink that...or at least find yourself enjoying a Superman book for once.


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