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Superman: Red Son by [MILLAR, MARK]
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 72454 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (4 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009POHHR6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 May 2016
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
“Superman: Red Son” is a graphic novel from DC Comics, and presents an ‘Elseworlds’ story (not being set within the standard continuity of Superman comics). The premise of this adventure is: ‘what if Superman had been raised in the USSR, rather than the USA?’ It was originally released as a 3 issue mini-series in 2003, and is here collected into a single book (some 160 pages in length, containing some early concept art as a bonus feature).

The story offers an alternative version of DC characters and events, set within an altered reality of the 20th century. Historical figures are depicted – such as Joseph Stalin and John F. Kennedy – and the author, Mark Millar, attempts to build a serious narrative as if super-heroes really existed. The rocket ship carrying baby Kal-El crash lands in the Ukraine, rather than in Kansas and, as an adult, Superman now exists as “the Champion of the common worker who fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact.”

The USA and the USSR are locked in deadly Cold War – but with Superman on their side, the soviets have a major advantage. Lex Luthor is recruited into the CIA – and works on behalf of the US Government, seeking to defeat Superman. Year after year, Luthor sends all he can – from an attempted clone of the superhero to Green Lantern technology – in an effort to destroy the Man of Steel … but nothing works. All of this serves to persuade Superman that – in order for world peace to exist – he must proactively pacify all citizens of the world, controlling their actions … Realising that this would create a dystopian society, Superman decides he will no longer involve himself in human affairs. And so Luthor emerges victorious … the USSR falls, and a Global USA is proclaimed.
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No. Not commensurate with the superman of my youth
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Top notch alternate story.
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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 May 2016
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“Superman: Red Son” is a graphic novel from DC Comics, and presents an ‘Elseworlds’ story (not being set within the standard continuity of Superman comics). The premise of this adventure is: ‘what if Superman had been raised in the USSR, rather than the USA?’ It was originally released as a 3 issue mini-series in 2003, and is here collected into a single book (some 160 pages in length).

The story offers an alternative version of DC characters and events, set within an altered reality of the 20th century. Historical figures are depicted – such as Joseph Stalin and John F. Kennedy – and the author, Mark Millar, attempts to build a serious narrative as if super-heroes really existed. The rocket ship carrying baby Kal-El crash lands in the Ukraine, rather than in Kansas and, as an adult, Superman now exists as “the Champion of the common worker who fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact.”

The USA and the USSR are locked in deadly Cold War – but with Superman on their side, the soviets have a major advantage. Lex Luthor is recruited into the CIA – and works on behalf of the US Government, seeking to defeat Superman. Year after year, Luthor sends all he can – from an attempted clone of the superhero to Green Lantern technology – in an effort to destroy the Man of Steel … but nothing works. All of this serves to persuade Superman that – in order for world peace to exist – he must proactively pacify all citizens of the world, controlling their actions … Realising that this would create a dystopian society, Superman decides he will no longer involve himself in human affairs. And so Luthor emerges victorious … the USSR falls, and a Global USA is proclaimed.
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By KM #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 6 May 2012
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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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