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Superman: Red Son [Paperback]

Mark Millar , Dave Johnson , Kilian Plunkett
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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26 Mar 2004 Superman
From acclaimed writer Mark Millar (Ultimate X-Men), and artists Dave Johnson (100 Bullets) and Kilian Plunkett, comes a revolutionary alternate reality for Superman! It's an American nightmare! What if baby Superman had crashed on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain and grew up to become Stalin's right-hand man? And what if insane genius Lex Luthor was employed by the US government to develop their own countermeasure against the Man of Steel, turning the Cold War hot?! Alive with historical figures and starring a host of familiar superheroes, including Batman and Wonder Woman as you've never seen them before, this superb graphic novel takes the arms race and infuses it with the thrilling powers of Kryptonite!

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (26 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840238011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840238013
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Millar and Johnson do a great job . -- The Fourth

Millar takes a massive gamble here with one of the world's most enduring icons. -- Sunday Times

Should be recommended as a piece that any and every fan should check out ... utterly superb. --

You have to admire all this cleverness; there's just no way around it. -- Ain't It Cool News

About the Author

Mark Millar is one of comics' most commercially successful writers, whose work includes Wanted, Judge Dredd, Superman Adventures, JLA, Ultimate X-Men, Superman: Red Son, The Authority and the bestselling Civil War and The Ultimates. Dave Johnson has drawn WildC.A.T.S., SuperPatriot a award-winning covers on 100 Bullets. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superman will provide? 6 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my son who was 13 at the time (14 now) as I'm trying to get him to read more, he's into all the recent Superman, Batman and Spiderman type movies so thought I'd give it a go! I myself was a big comic, graphic novel reader as a kid and looked forward to this myself.

Red Son is the trilogy (all three in here) of an alternate Superman, Russia/USA. Instead of crash landing in America he lands in the Ukraine. A sort of adopted son of Stalin, Superman no longer fights for truth and justice in the American way he supports Stalin, socialism and extending these ideals to the world over! The trilogy spans the years from 1950-2001 and maybe beyond?

There is a hell of a lot in here if you look and some you will miss even after reading twice over. Loads of real life people and other superheroes pop up in their own alternate forms such as the Russian anti-superman terrorist Batman! and our very own Tony Benn can be seen with trademark pipe in one scene (see if you can spot him!)

The plot line is brilliant (and I won't give anymore away) so much going on to make you think if you read deep enough into it all. The artwork is fantastic, great colours, facial expressions are spot on bringing all the emotions to life and the alternate superhero costumes and back stories are brilliant too! The last few pages will blow you away!

Well my lad really enjoyed this book anyway so that good in itself. He read it!

A very good if not one of the best graphic novels I've read as a Superman/graphic novel fan. Definitely worth reading if you're into this type of stuff.

Up! Up! and awaaaaayyyyy!!!!!

God I'm old :(
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, disappointing execution 11 Mar 2013
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I don't generally read superhero comics (preferring less mainstream titles) but the premise behind this one was enough to make me buy it on a whim and give it a whirl on my iPad (I also avoid electronic copies of comics/graphic novels). The artwork is gorgeous, the reds really screamed off of the page in a way you don't get from paper editions and the retina resolution gave everything a super-high definition, almost animation cell, feel. The only low point was Batman's costume which has a fur hat incorporated into it and frankly looks like a rather childish attempt to make the character look Russian. Sadly much of the detail of the story has the same problems: Stalin's crimes are brushed aside in a few weak comments, Lex Luthor is barely credible character, there's no feel of any Soviet or communist ideology behind anything. I personally found the ending very feeble, not challenging in any way. It was a fun read, but I was expecting something more thought provoking: a criticism or exploration of the cold war, the US, the Soviet Union, capitalism or communism but any sort of historical context was pretty much absent beyond some (admittedly wonderfully rendered) flag waving crowd scenes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good 19 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'll be honest, I bought this out of curiosity more than a genuine interest. Superman has never been a popular character with me; I've found him far too righteous and a little clichéd.
This storyline has given me a different perspective. I understood Superman as a person, not just a character. The alternate storyline just told you so much about him that really changed my opinion on the character.
The story itself is fascinating, giving fantastic, well-thought out alternate origins for the characters. This review certainly does not do it justice, but I certainly recommend it for ANY comic book fan, even if they don't particularly like Superman.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. 4 Feb 2009
By Chris Morse VINE VOICE
I bought this on a whim after reading a short review that basically said: A Superman story that's actually good!

The story is based on one premise, and it's an extremely clever one with incredible cosequences: What if Superman had landed on Earth 12 hours earlier? ...and then been brought up as a good communist at the height of the cold war to become Mother Russias ultimate weapon/deterrant.

America is left with the cleverest man on Earth to find a solution: Lex Luthor.
Along the way we see the Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and a Russian Batman all try and 'stop' Superman from what seems at first an ideal way of leadership.
Enough said, if you have'nt read this I dont want to spoil it for you.

It's definatley one of the most clever stories I've read in a while with extremely well thought out issues. What could have been a boring political book is nothing but entertaining and a real page turner. And the ending...? One of the most jaw dropping that you'll remeber for a long long time.

Mark Miller is writer, Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett on artwork duties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant ‘imaginary’ story 8 May 2014
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
This three issue Elseworlds mini-series is collected as Superman Red Son TP. Those of us old enough to remember ‘imaginary’ stories from the good old days will remember especially the story of ‘Superman Red and Superman Blue’. This is definitely the story of Superman Red, whose ship landed in the Ukraine in the 1920s, and not Kansas, and was raised believing in the idealistic socialist way of life. However, unlike many Elseworlds’ stories, it is not just a parody, or a pastiche, of the life of Superman Blue; it is a well-thought-out story that goes way beyond the usual run-of–the-mill ‘what if’ premise. I cannot give any details without spoiling the story, but even the ending, set in a future utopian society, will leave you amazed at the cleverness of the plotting and construction. And yet, there are clues planted (or, if we remember the ‘dog in the night’), missing, that would have warned us if we had stopped to think about it. I actually saw one of the ‘holes’ and just didn’t think it through!

This is a superbly written and illustrated story, featuring the regular cast, but seen in a different light and from a different viewpoint, warts and all. Everything that you’d expect to be crammed into a What If story is here – Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman robots, Brainiac, Luthor Lois Lane, a shrunken & bottled city, Bizarro – and yet is exactly in the right place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super - a great twist on a classic tale
One of the greatest graphic novels I have ever read. Not as simple as black and white (or Blue vs Red?) and a real thinker. Well worth a go.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasted potential for such a brilliant concept.
Mark Millar and Superman, in my ears, should be the winning combination, both being my favourite comic and the most influential superhero respectively. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Lyle
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Graphic novels ever made.
When I was ordered this, I expected cheesy American Propaganda where Superman would be portrayed as a tyrant but it is nothing like that and it is really hard to predict what's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Badshah
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Ah, what if? It's a question we often ask and one which is often answered in the comic book world in these `non-canon' works which explore alternate possibilities. Read more
Published 4 months ago by @GeekZilla9000
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Elseworlds tales ever told
What happens when Superman's ship crash lands in Soviet Russia in the early years of the cold war? One of the best Superman stories, and one of the best elseworld stories. Read more
Published 5 months ago by George Boadhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Really surprised
i've never been a fan of superman but this.. this is awesome! and a soviet batman.. does it get much better
Published 6 months ago by Luke Mcneilly
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I read about this novel in a forum and was intrigued enough to buy it. I don't own any other graphic novels as it's not something I usually buy, despite the fact I'm a nerd who... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jack D
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A fascinating and inventive Elseworlds story. Up there with the best of them; Gotham by Gaslight. Very highly recommended indeed.
Published 8 months ago by mr stephen marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary Red son
Red son is novel that redefines dc comics a parallel universe like story that revolutionised my whole outlook on my favourite super hero
Published 9 months ago by mr.bampton
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read
I really enjoyed the ideas in the book. We'll worth reading. It was clever how other well known heroes were introduced into the comic. Very clever
Published 10 months ago by John
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