by Mark Waid - Leinil Francis Yu - Gerry Alanguilan
DC Comics (2005)
(I stumbled upon a good-sized box filled with a variety of graphic novels at an estate sale. No official count as I've just been pulling from the box when I find time to read one.)
"Superman: Birthright" is the retelling of the origin of Clark Kent, aka Superman. Mark Waid has updated the story for fresh eyes and does an excellent job laying the groundwork for our hero. I've never been a huge fan of heroes that are omnipotent or nearly so, but the author wisely chooses to hook his readers by first letting us see our hero as a fairly cool, somewhat flawed, ordinary guy. Not the dork I had come to believe. By the time Clark puts on the red "S"...we're rooting for the dude.
The author also does an excellent job of introducing the mad genius Lex Luthor to the story. In this telling, Lex went to the same school as Clark Kent and were friends. Later, of course, Lex would become the thornbush in Superman's garden. As for the artwork, panels pop and hold hands with the story in a smooth fashion. Nicely done. "Superman: Birthright" is a fine story and left me in a good mood. Nostalgia. Whadyagonnado?
"Look Heart, No Hands" - Randy Travis / "Greatest Hits, Volume 2" (1992)