Red Son

Author: Mark Millar
Artists: Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett
Titan Books
RRP: £10.99
ISBN 1 84023 801 1
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Meet Superman, a 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 Pact...

Red Son takes an alternative slant on the Superman story. What if his spacecraft had ploughed into a field in Russia, instead of Smallville, America? What would happen to the other people in Superman's life? Would Lex, Louis or Jimmy still play a part in his world?

This graphic novel could have been a real stinker. Left in the wrong hands, it could so easily have all gone horribly wrong. But thankfully Mark Millar weaves an interesting narrative with sprinklings of other famous superheroes. There is a Russian Batman, who won't be content until Superman is pulled down from his ivory tower, as well as Wonder Woman and The Green Lantern.

This collection looks the business as well. The artwork is above average and helps to set the scene.

This is a must buy collection for any serious Superman fan. And the twist in the tale is the icing on the cake. One of the most original and well conceived Superman stories to ever be committed to print.

Pete Boomer

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