Superman: Red Son (Comic Book Review)

Red Son

Red Son

Here I am awake on a Saturday morning and with no inspiration to write about anything meaningful I’ve decided to write a review on one of my favourite Superman books; Superman: Red Son!

Originally published in 2003, Superman: Red Son is part of DC’s Elseworlds series of books that takes a different spin on their characters by re-imagining them in alternate universes. The most interesting thing about Red Son is the fact that Mark Millar re-imagines Supes as a Soviet hero and a Communist and yet he still manages to retain the heart of what makes Superman super. It’s pure genius!

Red Son seems to be simple on the outside but once you get into its pages there’s loads to explore. Mark Millar brilliantly writes in deeper themes such as capitalism vs. communism and also the decay of the U.S. into the story; all the while using Superman as a vehicle to explore these issues.The best part about it all that even in such an alien setting, Superman still stands out as the hero that he is.

If you’re a huge DC fan it’s a real thrill to catch Red Son incarnations of fan favourites such as Batman, Wonder Woman & Hal Jordan as Green Lantern (or more accurately a member of the Green Lantern Marine Corps, heh). Red Son is made even more super with its attention to details such as this.

Batman, Wonder Woman & Green Lantern

Batman, Wonder Woman & Green Lantern

Dave Johnson & Killian Plunkett’s art is pretty amazing too. Somehow the art evokes a 1950’s to 1970’s kind of feel yet it retains a modern take on things too. The Red Son version of Batman is totally awesome especially with his militarisque outfit and ushanka cap that’s part of his costume. Hal Jordan’s character design is pretty awesome too.

I give Superman: Red Son nothing less than a glowing RED 5 out of 5. No comic book fan should miss out on this brilliant book. I just loaned it out to one of my colleagues whom I’m indoctrinating into the world of comic books so let’s see what he has to say once he’s done with it.

Shadow of the Bat

Shadow of the Bat

Shadow of the Bat

This made my day over Yahoo! Messenger yesterday.

Friend
Bruce Wayne does 1,200 push-ups while recuperating from a broken back! How many push-ups can YOU do?

Me
50. Idiot!

Friend
Foo! You’re not even a… SHADOW of the Bat! Wa ha ha ha ha!

Me
Idiot. I never said I was the Bat.

Friend
Not even a shadow. /me is sad. Actually I think “Shadow of the Bat” is one of the Batman titles.

Me
It is, but defunct title. They stopped that title already I think. Why are you sad?

Friend
No la. He he he he.

Me
Aiya. Why the sudden question about push-ups all of a sudden?

Friend
Oh, I was listening to the “Knightfall” audiobook last night. One of the parts after he recovered was him doing push-ups.

Bruce: “1998, 1999, 1200.”

He actually said that. Then I tried to do push-ups. I think I only managed 30 then die d.

Me
LOL!

Friend
Today I shall do 40!

Me
Way to go “Bats”!

My 2010 Movie Hit List Pt 1

Here’s a list of movies that I’m looking forward to as we enter a glorious new year (in alphabetical order).

Alice In Wonderland Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland should be a blast. I’ve always loved Tim Burton’s stuff ever since he his take on Batman with Michael Keaton back when I was a teen. Johnny Depp looks creepy as the Mad Hatter but I’ll still catch this one.
Clash of the Titans The Clash of the Titans remake is something to look forward too especially since I remember the original Clash of the Titans in it stop-motion glory. Sam Worthington is definitely making his mark in Hollywood as he makes his 3rd biggest role after Terminator Salvation and Avatar. I’m sure he’ll do better than Harry Hamlin. Heh.
Salt Angeline Jolie’s upcoming actioner Salt looks quite exciting. I’ve seen the trailer once or twice at the cinema and even if the story’s crap it should be a thrill-fest much like Wanted was. Keep an eye out for this one.
Shrek Forever After Shrek returns in a brand new one with Shrek Forever After. I’ve heard that it features Shrek in an alternate dimension. I’ll have to check out the trailer after I’ve finished this post. Mike Myers is always a barrel of laughs and Shrek has never disappointed me so far. I don’t expect this 4th instalment to be any less.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus! Terry Gilliam is quite the genius. The first time I ever heard of Gilliam was his 1988 epic The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. I’ve only seen two of his movies so far (12 Monkeys & Brothers Grimm) but suffice to see I like his style. It’s out now in the cinemas so I’ll have to catch this one a.s.a.p. before it disappears at the box-office.
The Lovely Bones Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones is gonna be a real treat. I’ve seen the trailers and I have a great vibe for the movie. It has supernatural elements mixed in with a who-dun-it thriller edge. Conceptually its nothing new but Jackson is such a great director and I don’t think he can do wrong in this one.

I’m still scouring Apple.com for movies of note so do keep a look out for add-ons to this list in a future post.

Happy trails and have a great time at the movies this year!

Superheroic Strawberry Milk Splashes

Even Superheroes Drink Milk
Superheros & milk! Who would’ve thought?! I love the U.S. “Got Milk” ads and according to them my fav superheroes drink milk too! Sure they don’t love the strawberry-flavoured delight that I’m into but anything that gets kids drinking milk is really awesome stuff in my opinion. I don’t drink milk just cos’ it’s nutritious, I drink milk cos’ I like it!
My mom told me I stopped drinking milk at a young age but I figure that’s cos’ I never got to taste the delicious taste of strawberry in my bovine-sourced supplement. Then there came along chocolate flavoured milk courtesy of the milk programme that the government sponsored in schools. I drank those but never really got into them. I can’t remember when exactly I tasted my first sip of strawberry milk but suffice to say I’m hooked!
A Splash of Pink to Start The Day Off
Mua ha ha ha ha! I love milk and milk definitely loves me back. I love milk in the mornings and I love milk when I need thirst-quencher. Not the plain kinda milk but the sweet flavoured type. Most notably the pink delight that is strawberry milk. I don’t care if I get teased by my colleagues, I don’t care if people scoff at my love for this deliciously flavoured combo that tickles my taste buds … I love strawberry milk! Nuff’ said.
My Fav Strawberry Delight
Ahhhh … all that talk of strawberry milk’s gotten me thirsty. Time to pop open the fridge and get one of my two models out for a date. Strawberry milk, you gotta love it! *sighs happily*.
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Even superheroes drink milk.

Even superheroes drink milk.

Superheros & milk! Who would’ve thought?! I love the U.S. “Got Milk” ads and according to them my fav superheroes drink milk too! Sure they don’t love the strawberry-flavoured delight that I’m into but anything that gets kids drinking milk is really awesome stuff in my opinion. I don’t drink milk just cos’ it’s nutritious, I drink milk cos’ I like it!

My mom told me I stopped drinking milk at a young age but I figure that’s cos’ I never got to taste the delicious taste of strawberry in my bovine-sourced supplement. Then there came along chocolate flavoured milk courtesy of the milk programme that the government sponsored in schools. I drank those but never really got into them. I can’t remember when exactly I tasted my first sip of strawberry milk but suffice to say I’m hooked!

A splash of pink to start the day off.

A splash of pink to start the day off.

Mua ha ha ha ha! I love milk and milk definitely loves me back. I love milk in the mornings and I love milk when I need thirst-quencher. Not the plain kinda milk but the sweet flavoured type. Most notably the pink delight that is strawberry milk. I don’t care if I get teased by my colleagues, I don’t care if people scoff at my love for this deliciously flavoured combo that tickles my taste buds … I love strawberry milk! Nuff’ said.

My fav strawberry delight.

My fav strawberry delight.

Ahhhh … all that talk of strawberry milk’s gotten me thirsty. Time to pop open the fridge and get one of my two models out for a date. Strawberry milk, you gotta love it! *sighs happily*.

Hope in Fiction

The Dark Knight ... of course.

The Dark Knight ... of course.

Just this morning as I cleared the hall in my apartment a little I had the Special Features disc playing from the Dark Knight and something hit me. Life is rife with challenges and I figured out this morning that movies, games and books inspire me to do better; to be better. There is a unrealised need in the world today for fiction to not just entertain but to teach us how to be better. We don’t necessarily need to just read autobiographies but I believe that good fiction that’s meant to inspire can do good.

There is a line to be drawn though because fiction can be escapicism. I used to get lost in things like this years ago but now that I’m older I realise that I can take what I learn into the real world. What is fiction if it just stays on the pages of a script or book? What’s the point of writing if the themes and thoughts of the author are just merely to entertain? Entertainment can be more than that I believe. In fiction we can find hope to continue to press in our challenges in real life. Through fiction we can put shape to our thoughts, emotions & feelings that better help us understand who we are as people.

I guess that’s why there’s always been a place in our world for writing; that it isn’t just a form of creative expression but it’s also a form of inspiration for us to be more than we can be. Inspiration is nothing unless we act upon it and ultimately it falls to us to make something of life. Wouldn’t you agree?