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Overview

What if baby Superman had crashed on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain and grew up to become Stalin's right-hand man? Alive with historical figures and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401242190
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 12/04/2012
Sold by: DC Comics
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 494,384
File size: 82 MB
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About the Author

Dropping out university in his final year, Mark Millar pursued a writing career through ventures at 200 A.D. and Bristish television before finding success-and Eisner Award nominations- on DC's SUPERMAN ADVENTURES and THE AUTHORITY for Wildstorm. Millar has since scribed many bestselling titles, including Marvel Comics Civil War. The Ultimates and Ultimate X-Men, while creator owned works such as Wanted and Kick-Ass have been made into motion pictures. The Scotland-born and bred author resides in Glasgow with his family.

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Superman 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I don't like Superman and I probably never will. That aside, I loved this book. It's great storytelling and awesome art. Lex Luthor's charactrization is the best I've ever seen of Luthor. Best of all is the sides of good and evil is so blurred is that you can actually pick who you want to side with: Superman, Batman, or Lex Luthor (I personally like Luthor.) The ending is also one of the best I've ever seen. I suggest this book to any comic fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great Superman book. True to the Superman character, but still different enough to leave you breathless. It has great depth, and could even be considered social commentary. Don't be mistaken, this is all done very subtly. The opinions expressed are unlikely to interfere with enjoyment of the book, even to those with the most extreme opposing viewpoints. The focus is strictly on story, but the depth strengthens the book greatly. Is it the best Superman book ever? Simply put: no. Lex Luthor could have been done a little better, and the last page should have been omitted, leaving us with a more ambiguous ending. However, is it an excellent, fun, fresh, epic Superman tale that leaves you thinking? YES, YES, UNDOUBTEDLY YES!!!
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
What a great Elseworlds tale. Superman is an American ideal but what if he crash landed in Russia in the late '30s? Well, read this and find out. This book is so well thought out and gorgeously drawn by both artists. I love all the easter eggs but they were needed for this to be unforgettable. I love how even though he was a communist he was still the hero we know. Fantastic work by Mark Millar!
Stephen-BachEnthusiast More than 1 year ago
Millar, Johnson, and Plunkett's well-told "imaginary" Soviet Superman story is thought-provoking and entertaining. The dialogue is rich, the themes explored are surprising and add slants to our own modern lives that are appropriate to Superman stories, but rarely explored from this angle, or to such a profound level. The story is tight, well-conceived, with each episode and chapter proceeding logically from the previous. The artwork is splendid: individual, yet reminiscent of Soviet public works projects. This book is highly recommend - just avoid reading the last page, the conclusion is best left to one's own imagination.
comfypants on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow -- amazingly good. The premise is what if Superman landed in the USSR and was raised by socialists instead of the Kents -- sounds promising, but what's really great about the book is, while it could have worked as just a gimmick, Millar's taken it and used it to write a really strong, well-crafted story, whilst (and at the same time) hitting on every aspect of this universe that the reader wants to see. Geektastic.
brianfstevenson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The concept behind alternative history is deceptively easy. Change something from the past (in this case, the wellknown, but still imaginary past) and carry it forward to a logical conclusion. Here, the rocket carrying the infant Superman from Krypton hits Earth 12 hours earlier (or later?) and instead of landing in Kansas, USA, lands in the Ukraine, then part of the USSR. The American Superman that we all know is a pretty conservative, mainstream fellow, imbued with some old fashioned, if not quaint, Norman Rockwell type values. The constant is that he always thinks he is doing the right thing. So, it is logical to suppose that if he was raised in the good old USSR during the time of Comrade Uncle Joe Stalin, he would assume the values of that place and time, accompanied, once more, with a strong belief that he was doing the right thing. Out of this premise, Mark Millar has fashioned a morality tale, which covers, among other issues, the danger of totalitarianism, even if it is benevolent, the value of individuality, and the premise that even the most omnipotent individual can fail. All told in a cinematic noir style, and with an absolutely killer conclusion. Read it. (Special note: and a big thank you to my beloved son-in-law for giving this as a present. Love you, man.)
zzshupinga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't read many Superman comics (he's just not really one of my favorite heroes to be honest) but this book...is excellent. You don't have to have any knowledge of Superman or the mythos of any of the characters that show up, because Mark Millar takes everything and turn's it on its head.Mark asks the question...what if Superman's ship landed 12 hours later on planet Earth in Communist Russia? Where would the world be? What would happen to some of our old friends like Lois Lane and Lex Luthor? Or even Wonderwoman and Batman? The world is a vastly different place with Superman having been raised in Communist traditions, versus American. And yet...we can still recognize him as the one person that continually wants to do good, even if it doesn't always work out.The writing is superb and constantly keeps the reader on the edge wondering what will happen next. Millar expertly takes a question that in the hands of a lesser writer could have been a horrible work, but instead is something downright fantastic. He uses other DC heroes, such as Batman and Green Lantern, and reimagines their stories all because of this one event and weaves their tales in. And of course the two biggest Superman villains show up--Lex Luthor and Brainiac, each with their own twists on their tales. The artwork complements the story well and is a darker tone than what we normally see.Even if you aren't a Superman fan read this book. It will challenge what you know about the DC universe, in a good way.
TomWaitsTables on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's . . . Deus ex machina!. The god in the machine comes down from the skies and saves us from ourselves. Except Millar calls him "Superman" and leaves out God. And did I mention he's a Communist Superman raised in the USSR instead of Smallville?All in all, brilliant idea. Execution was lacking, however. I found myself rather indifferent towards the characters (except Wonder Woman, unhinged by unrequited love). Superman was rather bland and boring without Clark Kent. Without Kent, Superman was more like Mongul than the Superman who inspires by embodying those "boy scout qualities" that offers firmly rooted values in the everyday changing world (farmboy moving to Metropolis; I can't believe I've only just realized that).In short, Millar's Red Son is worth reading, especially for any Superman fan. But even though there is a delightfully circuitous twist to the ending, I didn't care. Without Clark Kent, the Man of Steel can be summed in one word: Meh.I guess there are times when you can begin to appreciate the influence of something only by imagining its absence.+++An addendum: I gave the book 2 1/2 stars because Millar told more than he showed. Upon seeing the cover, I was enthralled, my mind swirling with the possibilities. And upon reading it, I was thoroughly disappointed. Plus, Red Son had the ill luck of coming upon the heels of David Nordley's Democritus' Violin which skewed my standard for a cleverly told "What if" thought experiment.And if I'm really honest, I'd admit that the pannel of Superman's statue being pulled down in Red Square(?) stirred up too many unpleasant memories of Lucas's heavy-handed meddling in the Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition. :)
Yakatizma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Superman: Red Son is my favorite of all Mark Millar's works. In Superman: Red Son, Millar takes the classic Superman mythos and places it in the Soviet Union during the Lenin and Cold War eras. Millar's twists on Superman, Batman, Luthor, and Bizarro are compelling and brilliant, and his depiction of the grey morality and politics of the cold war era in the DC universe ties the piece together beautifully.
ljbwell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Imagine if Superman landed in 1938 in The Ukraine and Stalinist USSR instead of middle America. That is precisely what this take on Superman does. This is the compilation of 3 comics: Red Son Rising, Red Son Ascendant, and Red Son Setting. The graphics are fantastic - bold, with strong nods to Soviet propaganda prints. The usual Superman regulars are present - Lex Luthor, Lois (but not Lane), and the Daily Planet - though having followed different paths. Batman, Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern and more also make appearances.This is an alternate history that provides a new angle on a classic tale. It is risky to take something so iconically American and place it in the Soviet Union and introduce a gray moral area. On the whole, it worked quite well.
Bellenuitoeil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alternate universe DC! Russian superman! Batman wearing a furry Russian hat! Pure awesomesauce!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story that didn't disappoint. Just as relevant as Miller's Batman. Artwork was amazing.
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Eman152 More than 1 year ago
Mark Millar did a masterful job in writing this ultimate "what if scenario" and I was amazed from beginning to end. I can easily see myself going back to read this book all over again not only because of how awesome it was but because of how much depth there is to the story.
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I am not a Superman fan in any sense, but this book is an amazing read!
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
Red Son: what if Superman had been Russian? A fantastic alternative universe storyline.