Superman: Red Son

Superman: Red Son

Book rating: 05 Paperback Superman

By (artist) Kilian Plunkett, By (artist) Dave Johnson, By (author) Mark Millar

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  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 254mm x 10mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 3 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1401201911
  • ISBN 13: 9781401201913
  • Sales rank: 8,520

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by Mark Millar & Dave Johnson In the intriguing SUPERMAN: RED SON, the classic myth of the Man of Steel is reimagined and reinvented as the infamous rocket ship crash-lands in the fields of the Ukraine. Raised in Russia, Superman grows to become the Soviet Union's greatest weapon as the world is transformed into a communist state opposed only by the crumbling capitalistic America and its President Lex Luthor. Now as Superman stands on the brink of ultimate power, three heroes, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, each make a valiant stand to destroy the reign of the Man of Steel.

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By Andrew Deavin 07 May 2013 5

From purely an academic standpoint, the very existence of Red Son is something to be excited about. Superman, a character born as a symbol of "truth, justice, and the American way" - both fictionally and in the general public's consciousness - is rewritten in this Elseworlds tale as a son of Communist Russia.

It works incredibly well as satire - opening up such subjects as Cold War-era comic book villains and the importance (impotence?) of nationality and patriotism as applied to what is ostensibly a character who is an alien. And, of course, the American - and really the whole of the world's - acceptance of that, especially in Superman. There is perhaps no hero more associated with the American flag - save for Captain America, who wears it.

Fans of narratives, though, will be reassured to know that, among all the sly slander, parody, satire and shock value, lies a genuinely touching and exciting story. It's more than just "Superman is a communist now," even though that plays a major role. A lot of it explores the character's methods and motivation, a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant experiment that pays dividends for author and reader alike. This is, alongside the likes of Kingdom Come and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow, essential Superman - and, for those who may find the character bland or uninspiring, a great starting point.