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Superman: Red Son [Paperback]

Mark Millar , Dave Johnson , Kilian Plunkett
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 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 (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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. -- Herorealm.com

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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. 4 Feb 2009
By Chris Morse VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superman will provide? 6 May 2012
By KM #1 REVIEWER #1 HALL OF FAME
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 2 Feb 2014
By Jack D
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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 enjoys superheroes and the genre.

It gets top marks for originality: Superman landing in Russia as a baby and being brought up a Communist, while still holding the values and ideals which make him Superman. It was full of action and a great storyline. I'd recommend it certainly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth, Justice and the Russian Way 15 April 2012
By Noel TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
What if Superman had landed in Soviet Russia instead of Smallville, Kansas? DC's "Elseworlds" series imagines an alternate take on the Superman story with "Comrade Superman" becoming ruler of Soviet Russia, slowly taking over the world while an independent America led by Lex Luthor fights against an increasingly unhinged and totalitarian-minded Man of Steel.

Mark Millar has written no less than a masterpiece with "Superman: Red Son". We see the character of Superman evolve from an idealistic young man to new ruler to an increasingly isolated and intolerable megalomaniac who takes his god-like powers and status and tries to make the world into a utopia. Red Superman is at turns heroic and then more dark until he's a terrifying figure of absolute power taken to the limit.

Lex is the real star of the book and Millar does a fine job of making him at turns arrogant and ruthless but also charming and funny and with his tireless and imaginative efforts at bringing down the Superman, nothing less than a superhero in his own right. I like when writers add nuance to Luthor's character instead of single-minded cartoonist villainy and Millar hits the right chord with his characterisation of Luthor here.

There are great moments throughout the book that make it a non-stop thriller for any comics fan: the re-imaginings of Wonder Woman, Bizarro, and Green Lantern are excellent but the Russian Batman takes the cake for best alternate take on a legend. Red Batman is an urban terrorist living in the sewers, going to extremes to destroy the invincible Superman and in one momentous scene reminiscent of Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns", he almost does it before doing something extreme even Miller's Batman didn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Class 8 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
Is a mans character defined by nature or nurture? Thats the question posed by Mark Millar as he turns the Superman mythology inside out in this alternative take on the Man of steel. Starting in the 1950's we see the worldwide impact of a Superman who was raised in the old Soviet Union. Under a lesser writer this intriguing premise could have been wasted but the writing and artwork are more than worthy of the idea.
The story features Wonder Woman, Batman and several versions of Green Lantern but never at the expense of the central character. And like any good Superman story we find Lex Luthor as the Moriarty to his Holmes. The story spans the latter half of the twentieth century as the arch enemies duel across the decades and the final twist had me reading literally open mouthed. If you only read one Superman tale this should be it. Now stop wasting time with the reviews and get it ordered!
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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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Luke Mcneilly
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 3 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 5 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 5 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I really loved this graphic novel was action packed and had a good story but why (mild spolier) is batman also Russian, hes origin was never indirectly supermans fault. .. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Zekeious maximise oust
5.0 out of 5 stars books
you can never go wrong with one of these books , sadly I always manage to read them in a couple of days
Published 7 months ago by rachel wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!
Fantastic 'what if?' story from Mark Millar. We're all know the origin story of Superman inside out. It's ingrained in our memories from comic books to movies. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matt Langford
1.0 out of 5 stars even a communist superman is boring
Oooh. I had such high hopes for this book. I thought it might overcome the flaw that Superman's invincibility makes for a one dimensional character or convoluted story lines to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by stereogram
5.0 out of 5 stars It was as GOOD as the reviews said
This is one I have put off as I didn't really think it was an interesting idea. In lesser hands I still think I am right but this is a special book produced by a team at the top... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ken
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