The first, full-length, Superman book I've read. This one postulates that Superman landed in the Soviet Union instead of The United States and deals with the implications of that. I'm not a fan of Superman but I thought I version where he was essentially the enemy would be good, I wasn't wrong. With appearances by Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, among others, this is worth a read.
A great "Elseworlds" tale, Mr Millar really does a wonderful job not just deconstructing decades of Superman lore but also shows a discerning understanding of latter-half 20th century superpower politics, ideology, and pop culture.
It must have been difficult to pack in so much DC content into this slender volume, so I won't deduct any points for my one quibble but I would have liked to have seen more of how this version of Superman's upbringing under the strict communist regime affected his outlook and values, particularly as he is said to have been discovered and brought up in Ukraine where Stalin's rule produced a legendarily horrific famine. This could have been used to explain this Superman's overriding urge to provide for the world, as opposed to standing up for truth and justice.
Plenty of food for thought, then, and I'm sure I'll be revisiting this one many times in the years to come.
A great alternate take on Superman. Not only is it an engaging read, but it helps explore the core natures of the Superman cast characters from different angles, which can give depth to them in other, more straight-forward storylines: Superman, minus American values plus Soviet values, is still primarily concerned with the wellbeing of humans (even to the point of admitting that "perfect" socialism/communism robs them of what actually makes them human). Lex, given an enemy that his contemporaries also hate (instead of love, a la normal Superman stories), has the ability to change the world for the better.
Proof that even a mediocre writer can occasionally come up with a good idea. The alternate world concept of a Superman ending up landing in the Soviet Union plays out mostly well throughout the story as history unfolds in a very different way, both past, present, and the distant future. Millar, whose work generally is tedious and overblown, succeeds despite himself with this miniseries, which is well worth checking out.
Classic Millar -- genius premise, some interesting character moments, ultimately much more memorable for the one-liner idea than for the book itself. Maybe that seems a bit harsh? Def. still worth reading, but his grasp of the theoretical geopolitical situation just seems sooo simplistic (yes, yes, I know it's a comic book, but -- spoilers, sort of -- every time he wrote something like "Within a year, starvation was wiped out," I was like BUT HOW?? Superman is really strong, and I guess is supposedly smart-but-not-as-smart-as-Luthor-Braniac-and-co., but HOW is he controlling the world economy??? Where did the money come from??) Lol, sorry for the rant. I mostly liked this book, I promise.
there's a motion comic of this on youtube. excellent!
One of the best Superman stories ever written.
Great premise that ends up in a messy and unsatisfying ending. But still woth looking at -- if only for a glimpse of the unforgettable 'Batmankoff'.
The really super (hee hee) thing about the novel is that Millar manages to make Superman's omnipotence just as interesting as any of Spider-man's little peccadilloes. That's cool and clever all on its own, since instead of having a medium-strength superhero contend against great external threats, he must contend against his own strength.
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