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Monday, January 2, 2012
Superman: Red Son (graphic novel) by Mark Millar
Very, very, very good
Published by D.C. Comics in 2004
First things first.
I am not a gigantic comics fan. I've never been to a comic book shop. I know the big names. Basically, if they had a live action TV show, I know them.
So, my opinion is not as well-informed as that of some.
But, I know what I like and I thought this was some grade-A, high test sci-fi with a good deal of political science thrown in.
Superman has always been of limited interest to some because he is an all-powerful good guy. He can't be hurt (technically, I know he can but who has Kryptonite sitting around?). He has the tools to deal with any situation. He has a healthy psyche. He is a good guy to have on your side but not particularly interesting.
But, let's take away his All-American freedom-loving politics and partner him with a truly soul-crushing totalitarian regime - the Soviet Union. Stalin backed by Superman's talents is a truly scary thought. Soviet theory becomes reality. A true dictatorship of the proletariat becomes possible since Superman hears and sees nearly everything.
With that you have enough to make this history teacher happy. Add to it the Lex Luthor (USA)/Superman (USSR) Cold War, a reference to Plato's Republic, a Soviet Batman (loved him! Loved the hat!), Wonder Woman, Area 51 and Nixon winning the 1960 Presidential election instead of JFK and you've got a great read!
Some may quibble with details, but when you get down to it, aren't the comics supposed to entertain and take you to another world for a little while? Mission accomplished.
I rate this graphic novel 5 stars out of 5.
This graphic novel can be found on Amazon.com here: Superman: Red Son.
Reviewed on March 26, 2007.