It’s Josiah, writing to you today to share a few thoughts after re-reading one of my favorite comic books, Superman: Red Son.
Written by Mark Millar, this comic book tells the origins of Superman from the point of view of the Soviet Union. The story follows the last Son of Krypton as he achieves more and more power, even replacing Stalin after he is assassinated. Over the course of the story, Superman meets familiar faces re-imagined in this alternate universe like Wonder Woman, Batman and Green Lantern, all re-written within the context of living in a world where Superman is a weapon of Communism.
What I loved most about the book is Millar’s understanding of Superman as a character. No matter what political side Superman aligns with he is the same noble boy scout we all know and love, he’s just a Communist this time.
I only fix things that are broken… I’m not interested in politics or leading the party or any of that behind-the-scenes stuff. I came to Moscow to help the common man. I’m a worker. – Superman.
Superman is forced to walk a fine line he never had to before, one where he wields not only power over the physical world, but legally, over people’s lives and their destinies. Millar writes a poignant story of a noble man trying desperately to be a better man than his predecessor. Where it would be easy for Superman to break the backs of his citizens with his combined physical and political power his resolve to fight for the common man despite the world’s suspicions of him are inspiring to read.
Watching Lex Luthor try to save the world from Superman with his inventions and government funding as the golden boy of the U.S. of A is enthralling as well. Before this story, these two titans duked it out within the same city limits but now the world is their chess board as they try to outwit and outgun the other in the name of what they believe in. Usually I like my Lex Luthor a stone-cold villain but this story manages to make him out to be an edgy antihero of sorts… of sorts mind you. Both men are fighting for the same thing in different ways and that’s for mankind to realize its full potential. And isn’t that what Superman is all about?
Whenever I talk superman with friends I always recommend this book to them. This, and Superman: Birthright by Mark Waid and All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison. I’d say these three are the holy trinity of Superman books. And it blows my mind that even fighting on the side of the hammer and sickle for a brief yarn, this strange visitor from another planet continues to strive for human excellence and goodness.
Another worthy gem from Mark Millar would be Marvel Comic’s Civil War which is now a major motion picture.
How far would you go for your closest friends? What if it meant putting your own life and future on the line? A fascinating, fast-paced, and truly heartwarming read, ‘Noteworthy Tribute’ is truly a magnificent tribute to the hard work that goes into chasing after your dreams. I assure you, you’ll be recommending this book for years to come. ~ Megan Johnson (TipsyWriter.com) ~
We feel very blessed to have worked with Megan Johnson on the interview and review process of Noteworthy Tribute. We hoped people would at the very least just… enjoy reading it. But Ms. Johnson took things from the book we hadn’t even anticipated.
Naturally, we hope to receive more reviews like the one linked and embedded at the bottom, but we know our story isn’t for everyone, and part of the excitement was wondering if Ms. Johnson liked it and if not, what didn’t she dislike and by how much. But it is obvious now that the process of writing, the late nights talking about the goals, the music and the characters is the most important thing; just to get our voice out there to share is a higher priority than who does and doesn’t like it.
Lastly, we’re glad to all of those who have enjoyed reading the book, we don’t want that to go unnoticed. We do want people to like it and getting the book out and hearing rave reviews is an unforgettable accomplishment. As we continue to share and sell we will look for more creative ways to garner reader feedback. We’re loving the selfies of the book also! We have more in store for book signings, tours, reviews and interviews so stay updated on all of our social media.
Enjoy the spoiler free review by Megan Johnson over at TipsyWriter.com.
Mark & Josiah
PS: If you want more insight from Dad and I, check out our hour long interview with our friend K. Lowery Moore from Conversations and Confessions!
By Carol Hoenig
Book Review: Without Grace
Author: Carol Hoenig
Length: 231 pages
Language: Small amount/limited
In a nutshell: A teenage girl and a small town attempt to stand against the infiltration of big business suffocating their lake-side oasis. There is family struggle; young love; tragedy and plot twists.
Why I read the book: The author self-published. She has been very successful with this book which is her first novel. I wanted to see what Indie quality looked like.
How I found out about the book: I stumbled upon this book while researching self-published authors on the Internet. Apparently, Carol Hoenig was upgraded by IUniverse.
Keepers: There is a major surprise in the story and that plot twist is a jewel. The book actually has a scene which is somewhat frightening – it is well written and pulled-off nicely.
Recycle Bin: Some of the story was dragging just a wee little bit.
Final Thoughts: Wonderfully developed characters. This is what polished looks like.
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Soul of the Band Author: K. L. Brady
Length: 250 pages
Language: Yes, some language
In a nutshell: The story of a DC teenage girl who finds herself spending her junior year of high school in a small town in Ohio.
Why I read the book: I was intrigued by the story of young people confronted with diversity issues. The backdrop of music was also a heavy draw for me. The author has won several awards.
How I found out about the book: There was a post card with several books by the author posted on a bulletin board at my government office. The cover of a teenage girl dressed as a drum majorette caught my eye.
Keepers: The plot felt good to me and I appreciated the story. The authors pacing was great, I couldn’t put the book down. The struggles seemed so real. Brandy’s diverse musical tastes were refreshing.
Recycle Bin: There were numerous grammar errors and spelling errors – I fought through them. Some of Brandy’s language seemed more mature than she was; then again it’s been awhile since I was in a junior in high school. I wanted more from the characters Jenny and Dorian.
Final Thoughts: This book helped me to read and visual young people and how they interact. I can’t wait for a sequel to the book.