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Superman: Red Sun by Mark Millar

160 pages / February 2004 / Add on Goodreads

The concept got me reading and the art kept me from putting it down, but the story was a bit lacking.

A comic that answers the question of what if Superman had landed in soviet Russia instead of Smallville, Kansas?

This is my first real Superman comic, to be honest I was a bit disappointed with the story. I feel like they could have gone much farther than they did.

I was most disappointed with the character of Superman. It frustrated me how American he felt despite growing up with communist parents. I was expecting a

view on communism that was slightly positive, not in a way that the author agreed with it but in the way that Superman was a true image of it rather than a man who went to far and discovered the errors of his ways.

Because of this I think the story really fell flat in several places, unfortunately. It was an interesting enough story, it just didn’t hold my attention or make me want to know how it all ended.

However, can we take a moment to talk about the gloriousness of Batman’s hat? Truly it is with the artists reinterpretations of our beloved superheroes thatmakes this comic shine in my eyes. Especially when it comes to Batman, I mean, just look at his hat. So epic. I wants one.


Batman (1989)

So I have a confession to make: I haven’t actually seen any of the Batman movies. Yeah, I know! It’s probably a big shocker, especially with the popularity of the Dark Knight. However, I did sit through that one… half asleep the whole time… which, in my defense, was not the fault of the movie but rather my failed attempt at ice skating and how late we waited to turn it on.

Anyways, after seeing the Avengers on Monday, I have gathered a new interest in Comic Book Movies. And so I have decided to give the Batman Movies another try. Seeing as I have never seen this version before and it was directed by one of my favorite creative types, Tim Burton, I figured it was as good of a place to start as any.

I honestly didn’t enjoy it at all. Sure, there were a couple of interesting parts. I loved how they captured the comic book feel and it did seem to have the Tim Burton feel to it, but the script lacked greatly and thus I was disappointed.

Along with the script the acting choices were not the best either. Maybe it’s just me but none of these actors were very good nor could I take them, for lack of a better word, seriously as their characters…

This movie did appeal a bit to my inner bad movie lover, however, which is probably a good thing as I would have given it less stars otherwise. Though I don’t think I’ll be continuing on with this version of Batman, I think I’ll just skip along to Batman Returns.