Superman meets Doctor Who
Action Comics #1-8 ch-ch-changes
- Superman’s parents are dead (all of them, adopted and Kryptonian)
- Superman was never Superboy, but he was Super-casual, rocking jeans and a t-shirt before getting his super suit.
- He never knew Lex Luthor in Smallville.
- Lex Luthor does not run Metropolis, yet, it
iswas run by Mr. Glenmorgan.
- Clark worked as an investigative reporter for the Daily Star before getting his job at the daily planet.
- Clark has a place to stay, he now lives in a run down apartment on the bad side of Metropolis.
- So much for a secret identity, his land lady now knows he’s Superman.
- It was not love at first sight for him and Lois (screw you John Bryrne).
- Krypto died on Krypton with Jor El and Lara.
- Krypton’s core instability which resulted in the planets destruction may have been caused by an alien invasion (that Brainiac later warned Superman about) as apposed to natural causes.
- Kal El was a baby on Krpton and did not grow to be one in the “escape arc” that brought him to earth.
- John Corben becomes Metallo due to government research gone bad, specifically his body melding with Metal 0 which was developed by…
- Steel, who becomes a super-hero by using his Metal 0 to create an Iron Man-esque suit which he uses to stop Corben after the Metal 0 drives him mad.
- Brainiac is a form of artificial intelligence that infiltrates planets and lies dormant for a time before bottling them in an attempt to save them from some planet devouring entity. On earth Brainiac is called “the internet”.
- Brainiac is now under the control of Superman.
- Brainiac’s invasion ship is now Superman’s Fortress of Solitude (very sci fi).
- Superman now speaks Kryptonian.
- Mr. Mxyzptlk is now less cartoon-ish and far more sinister, possibly going as far as to drive Glenmorgan insane and orchestrating an assassination attempt on Superman.
Let me know if I missed anything!
Not sure Krypto’s dead, rather the Dog is in the Phantom Zone.
LEX INFORMS SUPERMAN ABOUT KRYPTON ➡ Birthright ♦ Action Comics #2
There are certainly parallels between Birthright and Morrison’s Action. And so there should be. They are telling the same story.
Both Waid and Morrison are also drawing on Siegel - and all the others before, indeed I could easily go back to Action vol1 #1 and Superman #1 and pick out stuff both writers referenced.
However where Morrison excels is in the detail and consistency of his story telling - I too saw the parallel in Flashpoint Superman #2 and Action #2 - but in the former is ridiculous, a shark jump. However Morrison’s take is believable.
I admire Waid’s work, but for me Birthright- which was pretty good up to this point - jumped the shark when Lex Luthor worked out how to use Kryptonian tech! That’s like a caveman working out how to replicate a pocket calculator.
(Something that Superman Earth One got right)
Morrison’s Luthor knows the name Krypton, but not what it means - that is a world away from Waid’s version - in fact the reason he knows the word Krypton is because something clearly Alien has told him. This is a very different dynamic.
Also Waid and Morrison worked together on the Superman 2000 pitch which in 1998. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that some of those ideas ended up in Birthright.