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Superman: Red Son Paperback – February 1, 2004
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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About the Author
Mark Millar is one of comics' most commercially successful writers, whose work includes Wanted, Judge Dredd, Superman Adventures, JLA, Ultimate X-Men, Superman: Red Son, The Authority and the bestselling Civil War and The Ultimates. Dave Johnson has drawn WildC.A.T.S., SuperPatriot a award-winning covers on 100 Bullets. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As a make up Amazon gave me a full refund and told me to keep the TBP, no complaints there. The package arrived when it was supposed to, in an oversized box, the book itself was put in a plastic bag and a sticker placed on the back stating it was :Collectable, Like New Condition, First Edition Printing. The book I received was brand new and I paid $14.99, the same exact title which is the one I received was the New Edition sells for 11:42 or close. Printed recently and the new edition, released not long ago. I decided to read this title since I am a big Sci-fi fan. I have a bunch of single issue Superman comics that were given to me, but not a die hard Superman fan. But this title intrigued me beause of the alternate origin. Instead of Superman landing in the USA he ends up landing in Russia during Stalin's rule and grows up with the beliefs and Comunist ideology. Which really makes for an excellent twist in origin. No longer is the USA supreme now Stalin has The Man of Steel, and can rule supreme. There are visits from Wonderwoman and my personal favorite Batman wearing funkilicious hat which suits him well in this story, Green Lantern another, there are other cameos but why spoil the fun. This book as some reviewers state is more Science Fiction, I believe this to be true. Take away the graphic novel and leave just the main storyline and bam instant Sci-fi. The rating I took away one star for packaging., this was supposed to be a new book packed in a plastic bag no cardboard backing or bubble wrap and in a cardboard box which could have easily held and oversized 400 to 500 page book. It arrived with the front two corners bent down and what appears to be shelf wear, this is (was) a new book. Also detracted one star for not receiving the correct item. Give half a star for the refund which I had to call three times to finally get. This book will be donated to a local charity. That leaves 3 1/2 stars. As a collector it really stung what I went thru so say 3 stars for the overall handling and time spent. The remaining go to the plot, artwork and reprint of a really good read.
Don't get me wrong, I love the concept. I thought it was going this Superman was going to be vastly different than the Superman than I'm used to and he wasn't. I wanted to see the totalitarian, but I guess if I want that then I should stick to counting down until the next Injustice comes out.
The writing and art are pretty good. But the truth is that very little happens. There is a great set up, but a very small climax. It all happens too quickly with very little struggle by Superman.
The story unfolds throughout decades and decades, yet the pacing never ever feels slow, and you can feel the stakes getting higher and higher with every turning page. The book is very "cinematic", both in the storytelling and the art itself, with the way everything is arranged in each panel and page. I can totally see Warner Brothers making this into an animated film and I cannot understand why they haven't yet.
You get very interesting character development here (especially from the main characters), you get a few subtle nods and throwbacks to other iconic moments in DC's history in some of the book's pages that literally made me go "Oh that's great!" or "That's clever!", you get great cameos and supporting appearances from other DC characters, but they don't feel forced or tacked on, they actually add something interesting to the plot. You just get so much good stuff all around here, I just can't recommend this book enough.
I took my time before reading this book, not only because I'm a little wary of Elseworlds stories after reading a few that really didn't hit the mark for me (e.g. Superman: Speeding Bullets), but also because, at face value, I expected the writing to be preachy or overly political (looking at you, post-1990 Frank Miller!). Well, I'm happy to say that I was completely wrong and this is one of the best graphic novels I've ever read and one of my new favorites!