Red Son is one of those books which I very much wanted to like and yet somehow liking it eluded me.
The basic conceit of the graphic novel (what would have happened had Superman\’s spacecraft landed in the Soviet Union rather than the United States) seemed to be a perfect jump off point for a book that would at the very least amuse me. Instead I found myself strangely excluded/alienated by the book. After reading it for the first time I set it aside and returned to it again yesterday only to find it less interesting and more excluding than on my first attempt.
I think the problem was that I was looking for a book that grappled with the unexamined nature of Superman\’s support for \”American values\” by showing what we would think about someone of Superman\’s powers and nature if they had just as unquestioningly supported a different set of values. I was looking for a book that made its readers consider just how examined their own values were and just how examined their loyalties were.
Given the number/range of people who suggested that I might enjoy/appreciate Red Son I will assume that I didn\’t bounce of it simply because it isn\’t a well written/well drawn graphic novel. I am tentatively putting it into the list of \”things which I would have enjoyed more if I hadn\’t approached them with a misunderstanding as to which genre they belonged in.