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Book cover for Superman: Red Son

Superman: Red Son

By Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, et al.

Length: 168 pages

Rating: 9/10

First Published: 2003

Get it: UK 🇬🇧 | US 🇺🇸 | Amazon 🌐

Last read: 2020

DC’s universe, flipped. What if Superman were raised in Ukraine and Batman an enemy of the soviet state? This mini-series deals with themes of personality, tolerance, and nature against nurture. The art is beautiful and clean, the splashes memorable.

Very possibly, darling, but at least Lex Luthor is a demagogue who speaks English.

Why I read it: A full-length animated movie version came out this year, and after people pointed out that the ending was different than in the original script, I decided to read the comic.

Notes

You already know Mark Millar from the big screen. He wrote the original books behind:

  • Kingsman
  • Civil War
  • Old Man Logan

The re-imagination of the universe goes beyond just Batman and Superman. Bizarro is a good guy who sacrifices himself for the greater good. Lois is, well, Lois Luthor. And Batman’s parents were killed by the Russian police.

It asks good questions:

  • Is your personality and character innate or is it the product of your environment?

  • Are farmers in Kolkhoze (Ukraine) very different to the ones in Smallville?

“Even if everything works, am I too authoritarian ?” asks Superman

Random thoughts:

Why is Lois staying with Lex ? Unless her personality is also flipped ? She’s not an enamoured 14-year-old.

Batman was well done! Ideologically super good.
It’s very interesting to see turn that Superman takes from book 3 as he becomes more tyrannical.
Why does Batman have an Ushanka? Doesn’t he have expensive gear ?

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