Red Son

Millar, Mark

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Random House, Inc.
Strange visitor from another world who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands… and who, as the champion of the common worker, fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, Socialism and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact.

In this startling twist of a familiar tale, a certain Kryptonian rocketship crash-lands on Earth carrying an infant who will one day become the most powerful being on the planet. But his ship doesn’t land in America. He is not raised in Smallville, Kansas. Instead, he makes his new home on a collective in the Soviet Union!

From the mind of Mark Millar, the best-selling writer of THE AUTHORITY and Wanted, comes this strangely different take on the Superman mythos. Featuring art by Dave Johnson, Kilian Plunkett, Andrew Robinson, and Walden Wong, with an introduction by film producer Tom DeSanto (X-Men, X2: X-Men United, Transformers), this Deluxe Edition also features an extensive sketch gallery by Johnson, Plunkett and Alex Ross.

Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2009
Edition: The deluxe ed
ISBN: 1401224253
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC GN FIC M
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Plunkett, Kilian
Johnson, Dave
Alternate Title: Red son


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List - The Annotated Superman by: nypl_mid_manhattan May 19, 2013

What if Superman didn't fight for Truth, Justice, and the "American Way" but instead spread the ideals and beliefs of communism across the world?

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Jan 28, 2015
  • rodman856 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Great Storyline.

Jan 03, 2015
  • Keogh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Proof that even a mediocre writer can occasionally come up with a good idea. The alternate world concept of a Superman ending up landing in the Soviet Union plays out mostly well throughout the story as history unfolds in a very different way, both past, present, and the distant future. Millar, whose work generally is tedious and overblown, succeeds despite himself with this miniseries, which is well worth checking out.

Aug 09, 2014
  • rebekahgordon1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Classic Millar -- genius premise, some interesting character moments, ultimately much more memorable for the one-liner idea than for the book itself. Maybe that seems a bit harsh? Def. still worth reading, but his grasp of the theoretical geopolitical situation just seems sooo simplistic (yes, yes, I know it's a comic book, but -- spoilers, sort of -- every time he wrote something like "Within a year, starvation was wiped out," I was like BUT HOW?? Superman is really strong, and I guess is supposedly smart-but-not-as-smart-as-Luthor-Braniac-and-co., but HOW is he controlling the world economy??? Where did the money come from??) Lol, sorry for the rant. I mostly liked this book, I promise.

Aug 06, 2014
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

there's a motion comic of this on youtube. excellent!

Apr 09, 2013
  • Skamanjoe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best Superman stories ever written.

Aug 18, 2010
  • lwarman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Great premise that ends up in a messy and unsatisfying ending. But still woth looking at -- if only for a glimpse of the unforgettable 'Batmankoff'.

May 18, 2010
  • The_Bill rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The really super (hee hee) thing about the novel is that Millar manages to make Superman's omnipotence just as interesting as any of Spider-man's little peccadilloes. That's cool and clever all on its own, since instead of having a medium-strength superhero contend against great external threats, he must contend against his own strength.

Feb 18, 2010
  • div_dbrl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great comic, hypothesizing what would happen if the rocket carrying baby Kal-El (who grew up to be Superman) had crash landed some twelve hours later, in the heart of Soviet Russia.

Superman grows up learning Soviet values, and eventually becomes the leader of the USSR. His only real opposition comes from two sources: one without, American scientist Lex Luthor; and one within, a homegrown anti-Soviet terrorist known only as "The Batman."

DC's Elseworlds comics are typically quite good, taking familiar characters and situations and turning them on their ear. This is one of the finest that has been produced.


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