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Superman by Mark Millar
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Dec 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011-reads, alternate-history, anthology, graphic-novels, omnibus-editions, science-fiction
Read in December, 2011

The beginning and the ending are extraordinary storytelling. It's just the middle, that part where Superman really DOES believe in the truth of the soviet maxime and the world revolution and the healing powers of communism that it gets a little bit tough to read. Other than from this political point of view it's excellent through and through with believeable and functioning personas for many of the heroes of the true DC Universe (aka Earth One) that all share their part in filling and maximising the puzzle that is SRS. Be it Lex Luthor the brilliant but emotionally cold scientist who one day cures an illness only to have the next day devoted to utterly crushing the annoying soviet superhero, be it Piotr, Stalin's crown prince before Superman emerged or even Diana / Wonder Woman which has a very unique part to play in this world. And of course the Batmen. Who could ever forget the Batmen?
If the initial idea is great and the 1984esk following up to this vision is scaring and awesome at the same time the epilogue is a true piece of art. It's not much what is told there and it's not very impressive by itself, but in connection and in the total scope it's mindblowing and would have been an phantastic starting point for any "real" Superman story and not just any "Elseworld" like this.
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