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 PactIn this Elseworlds tale, a familiar 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 Collecting SUPERMAN RED SON


10 thoughts on “Superman: Red Son

  1. Patrick Patrick says:

    Honestly The best Superhero comic I ve read in years I might say The best Superhero comic I ve ever read if not for The Dark Knight and Watchmen Very clever Tightly written Different enough to be interesting, but still true to the original source mythology of Superman Highly recommended Even if you don t really give a damn about superheroes.


  2. Jan Philipzig Jan Philipzig says:

    Coulda Been a ContenderWhat if Superman had crash landed and grown up in the Soviet Union rather than in the United States What if he was oh my God, dare I spell it out a commie What would he be like Would we still cheer him on How would the Cold War have turned out The premise behind Superman Red Son is as obvious as it is intriguing in the tradition of Watchmen, it allows theoretically, at least for an investigation of the genre s underlying ideological and political assumpt Coulda Been a ContenderWhat if Superman had crash landed and grown up in the Soviet Union rather than in the United States What if he was oh my God, dare I spell it out a commie What would he be like Would we still cheer him on How would the Cold War have turned out The premise behind Superman Red Son is as obvious as it is intriguing in the tradition of Watchmen, it allows theoretically, at least for an investigation of the genre s underlying ideological and political assumptions.As it turns out, however, Millar is not all that interested in politics and ideologies or even in his own characters, for that matter What he is really looking for is something muchbasic an excuse to mess with DC continuity We are introduced to alternate versions of various DC characters and historical figures, but their redefined life courses are hardly explained and certainly do not evolve organically out of the story s premise Why is Lois Lane married to Lex Luthor Why is Jimmy Olsen a CIA agent Does Wonder Woman even have a personality Why has Nixon been assassinated instead of Kennedy There s no depth, no psychology, no political insight, no sense of time and place.Who cares, Millar seems to think it s provocative, that s all that matters As the revisionary text it purports to be, however, Superman Red Son feels half baked, rushed, and a little silly as if Millar had spontaneously cooked up the whole thing while playing with his battered action figures, desperate for a new plot twist Too bad, coulda been a contender


  3. Jeff Jeff says:

    Nature or Nurture Is Superman s moral code hot wired in his DNA or did being raised by the do right Kents help establish his role as the world s ultimate Boy Scout What better way to examine this question than for Mark Millar to have Superman s rocket ship land in a collective farm in Soviet Russia rather than in the American heartland.When Superman s powers are realized by the Soviet government, Stalin elevates him to become champion of the common worker and a handy tool in the Cold War agains Nature or Nurture Is Superman s moral code hot wired in his DNA or did being raised by the do right Kents help establish his role as the world s ultimate Boy Scout What better way to examine this question than for Mark Millar to have Superman s rocket ship land in a collective farm in Soviet Russia rather than in the American heartland.When Superman s powers are realized by the Soviet government, Stalin elevates him to become champion of the common worker and a handy tool in the Cold War against the U.S Despite the fact that Superman was raised in Soviet Russia, his humanity is still evident When Stalin dies and he s promoted to leader of the country, he does what he can to make Russia the perfect place No bread lines, no tragedy, no dissent.So in the U.S.A., who s the bulwark against the expected invasion of the godless, commie hordes Superman Why it s, um, Lex Luthor, husband of Lois Lane Millar does some clever things turning the familiar DC universe on its ear with alternate looks at Wonder Woman, Oliver Queen and the Green Lanterns however, it s his take on Batman that really deserves kudos Batman s parents are gunned down in front of him by the KGB and he becomes an anarchist, bent on overthrowing the Soviet government The sign of the Bat becomes the subversive rallying cry for change.Recommended as an alternative to those same old, same old Superman comics Grant Morrison has taken credit for suggesting the twisty, tricksy ironic ending to Millar You ve been warned


  4. Anne Anne says:

    It s a birdit s a planeIt s Commie Superman It was alright, but I m not as in love with Red Son as everyone else seems to be Intellectually, this is a good Superman What If storysigh But it bored me.Sorry, but I had a hard time not putting this down.I can t give it less than 3 stars, because it really is an ingenious take on Superman I can t give it , because I had to put it on the back of my toilet to ensure I would finish it.Recommended for Superman fans looking for a What If co It s a birdit s a planeIt s Commie Superman It was alright, but I m not as in love with Red Son as everyone else seems to be Intellectually, this is a good Superman What If storysigh But it bored me.Sorry, but I had a hard time not putting this down.I can t give it less than 3 stars, because it really is an ingenious take on Superman I can t give it , because I had to put it on the back of my toilet to ensure I would finish it.Recommended for Superman fans looking for a What If comic


  5. Brandon Brandon says:

    Could you imagine if Superman landed in Canada instead of the United States What if Joe Shuster tried to persuade Jerry Siegel that Clark Kent should grow up on a farm in Alberta or the snowy terrain of northern Manitoba Or God help us, Newfoundland What kind of a hero would he be then Far too polite to get physical It s a bird It s a plane Nah, that s just Superman, eh Fortunately for us, the readers, Mark Millar gives us ainteresting scenario What if Superman landed in Ukraine a Could you imagine if Superman landed in Canada instead of the United States What if Joe Shuster tried to persuade Jerry Siegel that Clark Kent should grow up on a farm in Alberta or the snowy terrain of northern Manitoba Or God help us, Newfoundland What kind of a hero would he be then Far too polite to get physical It s a bird It s a plane Nah, that s just Superman, eh Fortunately for us, the readers, Mark Millar gives us ainteresting scenario What if Superman landed in Ukraine and became a part of the USSR at the height of the Cold War Becoming the right hand man and the eventual successor to Joseph Stalin, Superman puts the power in the palm of Communist Russia Unfortunately for the United States, the dramatic shift in power creates chaos at home While they still have the brilliant scientist Lex Luthor to claim as their own, he becomes obsessed with figuring out how to defeat Superman rather than using his intellect to advance his own society.What develops over the years is very interesting and Mark Millar guides us through an alternate timeline in world history Just what would happen if President Superman ruled over Russia Would he retain his values or would absolute power corrupt absolutely The answers may surprise you.This experiment had a multitude of ways it could fall flat on its face and only a select few that would cause it to succeed Fortunately for DC, Millar knew the right road to take While this is the only core Superman series I ve yet read, I have a hard time believing it can be topped at least in my opinion I knew enough about the character and the DC universe to keep my head above water, so you don t need to be a comics historian to catch the jokes and changes in certain superheroes and supervillains.The only real problem I have is the ending I don t think it really needed to go quite as far as it did It was interesting to see where everything ended up after the core conflict was settled but it seemed to go on and on and on In the end, it s merely a small complaint I loved the hell out of this book.Cross Posted Every Read Thing


  6. Ray Ray says:

    Truly one of the great Superman stories, written by early 2000s era Mark Millar back when the author was in his heyday This alternate world story exploring the possibility of Superman s rocket crashing in the Soviet Union is, of course, quite political The communist iconography works great, and the cameos by Stalin and Kennedy are enjoyable for any fans of alternate history But in a way, it s not about communism and the Soviets specifically That s the initial premise to be sure, but in the b Truly one of the great Superman stories, written by early 2000s era Mark Millar back when the author was in his heyday This alternate world story exploring the possibility of Superman s rocket crashing in the Soviet Union is, of course, quite political The communist iconography works great, and the cameos by Stalin and Kennedy are enjoyable for any fans of alternate history But in a way, it s not about communism and the Soviets specifically That s the initial premise to be sure, but in the broader scope it s about the larger question of what if Superman was a dictator, and the specific ideological label doesn t really matter Would the world be better off under a benevolent dictatorship by way of superhuman hero Instead of just fighting villains and saving people in natural disasters, should the superhero rather take over the governments of the world and maximizing as much peace for humanity as possible Would that be worth it Red Son does an excellent job exploring these moral themes, as such a deconstruction of the superhero genre does so I also appreciate that this is a proper DC book and not just one of those stories with an equivalent archetypal character It is fun to be able to use the universe and see Wonder Woman drop by, along with Russian Batman, the Green Lantern Marine Corps, andThe overall arc is also very much about Superman s iconic rivalry with powerless human genius Lex Luthor, and it certainly feels epic as the decades pass and their battles get as big picture as it gets, spanning the destiny of the entire planet It s all exceedingly clever science fiction, and nicely well contained in a single graphic novel Unbogged by continuity, any reader will be able to enjoy this classic And while your at it, be sure to check out the intriguing new animated film adaptation as well


  7. Aaron Aaron says:

    The idea of reimagining Superman as a Soviet hero instead of an American one could ve led to so many great political, moral, and societal questions, but instead Millar goes out of his way to write Superman as the exact same boring, perfect character we ve seen for 70 years We see all the same villains acting pretty much exactly how they always act He isn t raised by the Kents in Kansas He s raised in the Ukraine by some farmers we never meet, and yet still has the exact same moral compass as The idea of reimagining Superman as a Soviet hero instead of an American one could ve led to so many great political, moral, and societal questions, but instead Millar goes out of his way to write Superman as the exact same boring, perfect character we ve seen for 70 years We see all the same villains acting pretty much exactly how they always act He isn t raised by the Kents in Kansas He s raised in the Ukraine by some farmers we never meet, and yet still has the exact same moral compass as the mainstream Superman.In this reality, Lois Lane is married to Lex Luthor In some spectacularly cheesy and pointless scenes, Superman meets Lois and thinks In another life, I could ve married her Who cares We KNOW the real Superman loves Lois Lane What this story needs is a SOVIET OUTLOOK Instead, we re treated to a Soviet Union that just completely changes its actions thanks to Superman being in charge The traditional Superman upholds American beliefs The red one should ve done the same, instead of changing the Soviet beliefs to match his own hyper moral character.Oh, except for one thing Superman is shown to be a force of kindness and good throughout this story, and yet he eventually starts brainwashing anyone who disagrees with him This seems to be done solely to suddenly and inexplicably introduce a bad side of Superman, which never even matters.This kind of uneven, poorly planned nonsense happens throughout the book, which is only saved by the art and a few decent action scenes An incredibly disappointing, squandered opportunity


  8. Lono Lono says:

    Mark Millar s got the alternate reality universe elseworlds thing down Between Superman Red Son, Ultimate X Men, and Old Man Logan, he has penned some bomb ass shit He s got some haters out there He certainly isn t the most sensitive dude But boy can he write some fun stuff Anybody that can get me to sit through a Superman book has some talent Sorry, not a lot of love for the boy in blue.Well in Red Son he s actually the boy in grey In this twist of fate story, Kal El crashes in Russia i Mark Millar s got the alternate reality universe elseworlds thing down Between Superman Red Son, Ultimate X Men, and Old Man Logan, he has penned some bomb ass shit He s got some haters out there He certainly isn t the most sensitive dude But boy can he write some fun stuff Anybody that can get me to sit through a Superman book has some talent Sorry, not a lot of love for the boy in blue.Well in Red Son he s actually the boy in grey In this twist of fate story, Kal El crashes in Russia instead of Kansas and is raised under Stalin s communist regime Cool idea Some similarities remain He grows up in a farming community, he initially is just interested in helping his people, and he ultimately falls into the service of his nation s government I read some complaints that Supes was not different or evil enough I like that Millar just doesn t do the communist bad thing here Superman is still basically a good guy that wants to do the right thing Making him evil or bad might sorta imply that all people in Russia were malevolent Stalinists And I m pretty sure that was not the case He does evolve in this universe a little differently than he did in traditional DC continuity So does Lex One thing remains the same though Even though Luthor can balance the budget and cure cancer, he still hasn t been able to improve on hair club for men You d think he would put 5 or 10 fuckin minutes into that one, right A ton of cool references in this one and a bunch of familiar faces show up including Lois, Perry, Jimmy, and of course, Lex There are some familiar, yet different, versions of Batman, Wonder Woman, and a couple of other surprise Leaguers that also make appearances I really dug this Anarchy in black version of the caped crusader Even the hat Princess Diana was initially a little bit too much of a lovesick school girl for me, but managed to come around by the end Overall I really enjoyed Millar s take on these classic heroes Dave Johnson does a terrific job on the artwork with this book Known mostly for his covers 100 Bullets, The Punisher, and some Batman stuff , I really enjoyed seeing him put in some work on this book His style has always appealed to me and I wish he would dointerior stuff Sorta reminded me a little of Eduardo Risso Anyone that enjoys alternate reality or Elseworlds stories like Injustice Gods Among Us, The Dark Knight Returns, Old Man Logan, or Kingdom Come would probably get a kick outta this one If you re a Millar fan and you haven t read this, your missing out.Get this review andat


  9. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    What if Superman had landed in Soviet Russia instead of Smallville, Kansas DC s Elseworlds series imagines an alternate take on the Superman story with Comrade Superman becoming ruler of Soviet Russia, slowly taking over the world while an independent America led by Lex Luthor fights against an increasingly unhinged and totalitarian minded Man of Steel.Mark Millar has written no less than a masterpiece with Superman Red Son We see the character of Superman evolve from an idealistic youn What if Superman had landed in Soviet Russia instead of Smallville, Kansas DC s Elseworlds series imagines an alternate take on the Superman story with Comrade Superman becoming ruler of Soviet Russia, slowly taking over the world while an independent America led by Lex Luthor fights against an increasingly unhinged and totalitarian minded Man of Steel.Mark Millar has written no less than a masterpiece with Superman Red Son We see the character of Superman evolve from an idealistic young man to new ruler to an increasingly isolated and intolerable megalomaniac who takes his god like powers and status and tries to make the world into a utopia Red Superman is at turns heroic and thendark until he s a terrifying figure of absolute power taken to the limit.Lex is the real star of the book and Millar does a fine job of making him at turns arrogant and ruthless but also charming and funny and with his tireless and imaginative efforts at bringing down the Superman, nothing less than a superhero in his own right I like when writers add nuance to Luthor s character instead of single minded cartoonist villainy and Millar hits the right chord with his characterisation of Luthor here.There are great moments throughout the book that make it a non stop thriller for any comics fan the re imaginings of Wonder Woman, Bizarro, and Green Lantern are excellent but the Russian Batman takes the cake for best alternate take on a legend Red Batman is an urban terrorist living in the sewers, going to extremes to destroy the invincible Superman and in one momentous scene reminiscent of Frank Miller s The Dark Knight Returns , he almost does it before doing something extreme even Miller s Batman didn t Red Son is easily one of the best Superman books out there and might be the best thing Mark Millar s ever written He s on top form throughout, his imagination fizzing off of the page from one breath taking set piece to the next, aided by amazing art from Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett throughout, crescendoing in a completely unpredictable and inspired conclusion This is a must read for all superhero fans but it s also an excellent piece of dystopian fiction for readers who don t normally read comics Highly recommended


  10. Chad Chad says:

    This was a re read for me This book captures what Elseworlds is all about Millar, Johnson, and Plunkett have created a fully realized world where Superman landed on Earth 12 hours earlier and so crashlanded in Russia instead Superman appears in Moscow as an adult and becomes the new red scourge for America in the 50 s Superman allows communism to flourish and spread throughout the world and establishes order whether citizens want it or not Lex Luthor is still his terrible self but still an This was a re read for me This book captures what Elseworlds is all about Millar, Johnson, and Plunkett have created a fully realized world where Superman landed on Earth 12 hours earlier and so crashlanded in Russia instead Superman appears in Moscow as an adult and becomes the new red scourge for America in the 50 s Superman allows communism to flourish and spread throughout the world and establishes order whether citizens want it or not Lex Luthor is still his terrible self but still an American and such is put in the position of taking out Superman