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Superman: Red Son (TPB) by Mark Millar
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Superman: Red Son (TPB) (2004)

by Mark Millar (Writer), Dave Johnson (Illustrator), Kilian Plunkett (Illustrator)

Other authors: Andrew Robinson (Inker), Walden Wong (Inker)

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Series: Superman (Elseworlds), DC Elseworlds (Superman), Superman: Red Son (1 - 3)

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An alternate tale of Superman. What if, instead of landing in the US, his spaceship had landed in the Soviet Union? I loved the questions raised and the changes made to history by this small difference, but upon rereading I found the story less satisfying. There are three female characters, and the roles of each are primarily to hopelessly love either Lex Luthor or Superman. Lois Luthor (nee Lane) and Wonder Woman chafe at their hopeless loves, but they never *do* anything, and Wonder Woman is depowered. Sorry, but I have absolutely no patience for taking away the powers of literally the only woman with any power whatsoever, whilst simultaneously authorial fiat gives Luthor and Superman far more power than they ordinarily have in the comics. Lois Lane/Luthor, meanwhile, makes a little noise about her reporter job but in terms of story, her only purpose is to carry a letter from Luthor to Superman and to stare longingly up at the clouds. Ridiculousness! The dialog isn't arresting, and the story is mostly carried by the power of the original what-if and by a cute plot twist right at the end. There's very little about any differences between capitalism, communism, dictatorships, democracy--the author seems confused about economics and pays very little attention to anything that isn't the two Great Men (Luthor and Superman). This is mostly a tale of Luthor and Superman slugging it out, instead of being a story about ideologies, power dynamics or anything remotely sophisticated or new.

That said, the original idea really is a great one, and the art is good. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Interesting take on the DC Universe. Superman lands in the USSR instead of the United States. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Great concept here -- what if Superman's rocket landed in Stalin's Soviet Russia instead of America? Well, he's not quite fighting for truth, justice and the American way, that's for sure.

The "what if?" concept carries this book along from start to finish, though the actual story didn't blow me away. It sometimes feels like a bit of a superficial dive into the Cold War--Millar could have gone even further in my opinion. The artwork is also solid if not spectacular.

In the end, I'd say it's worth a read if you're a Superman fan and looking for an intriguing twist on an old classic. ( )
  wethewatched | Jan 7, 2016 |
I missed this when it came out in 2003; it is very good, and quite thought-provoking, in the way I find reboots and alternative histories often are. Would a Superman raised in the Soviet Union have a conscience any less attuned to justice and helping those in need than the one we are familiar with? Would he become a tool of the Soviet state? (Frank Miller already explored, in a really smart fashion, the question of whom Superman serves in The Dark Knight Returns, and the consequences of his allegiance to “legitimate authority”.) I highly recommend it. ( )
  melmore | Dec 24, 2015 |
This was excellent and tons of fun. All the characters were spot on, the art was great, the story was pure genius. Definitely recommended reading for anyone into DC comics. ( )
  ragwaine | Dec 15, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Millar, MarkWriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, DaveIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Plunkett, KilianIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Robinson, AndrewInkersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wong, WaldenInkersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DeSanto, TomIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lopez, KenLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the middle of the twentieth century, the telephones starting ringing all across America as rumors of my existence started circulating.
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When the rocket carrying an infant Superman lands in the U.S.S.R. instead of the United States, his presence creates a very different universe for the familiar DC Comics characters.

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