Graphic Novel Review: Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar

June 14, 2017

Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar (Author), Dave Johnson (Illustrator), and Kilian Plunkett (Illustrator) is a graphic novel which collects the four issues of the comic book mini-series of the same name. The comic books were published in 2003 by DC Comics and were nominated for the 2004 Eisner Award for best limited series.

  • 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401224253

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I read Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar (Author), Dave Johnson (Illustrator), andKilian Plunkett (Illustrator) when the mini-series first came out and clearly remember I could not wait for the next issue to come out. My son asked me about the storyline when we were playing Injustice: Gods Among Us, the Red Son team were some of the strongest characters. I told him a bit about the book (much of the details has been lost in my all too busy mind) and we went to the library to look for the book.
Alas, it was not to be – until last weekend.

Finally we found the book in our local library and immediately checked it out. Once home, I sat down to re-read this beloved story. I was glad to discover that the story has lost nothing of the excitement, freshness and uniqueness due to the passing of time.

The story is not part of the Superman canon, it is what is known as the Elseworlds imprint for DC Comics. Elseworlds are stories that took place outside the established DC Universe.

The artwork in the book is wonderful, a cross between Communist era art and traditional American comic book art. The colors match the stylistic choices of the time, the whole book has a retro feel, similar to Bruce Timm’s animated series.

The book is still one of the smartest, self-contained graphic novels I have read. The art is gorgeous and the story is interesting with great twists and surprises. If you haven’t read this classic, do yourself a favor and pick it up.

In an alternate reality, Superman’s spaceship fell into the Soviet Union, where he was raised in a collective farm. Superman is indoctrinated into the Soviet style communism and becomes a hero of the Stalin’s Soviet Union.

On the other side of the world, the United States greatest scientific mind, Lex Luther, is trying to figure out how to give his country an edge, as it seems they are about to lose the Cold War.

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Dis­claimer: I borrowed this book from the local library
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