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Superman: Red Son Paperback – Feb. 1 2004

4.7 out of 5 stars 338 ratings

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  • Publisher : DC Comics (Feb. 1 2004)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 160 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1401201911
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1401201913
  • Item weight : 272 g
  • Dimensions : 16.84 x 0.86 x 25.91 cm
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S P Mead
5.0 out of 5 stars a great Elseworlds story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great Elseworlds story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2016
“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. There is an excellent plot twist as a finale – which I won’t spoil!

This is an imaginative, well-conceived and effectively executed story. The artwork is also excellent. At 160 pages, there is sufficient depth of narrative for the plot to be explored in thorough detail. If you’re a fan of Superman, and of the ‘Elseworlds’ adventures, then I fully recommend this book. It’s amazing how one little change – Superman’s ship crashing elsewhere – can result in such a varied universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Protector of Earth Su
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary. A decent graphic novel for grown ups
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 11, 2011
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate What If?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 10, 2013
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