Kingdom Come (Mark Waid - Alex Ross)
The impression I got is similar what I got when I read Old Man Logan, which is “meh”. I get that this was something previously unseen in the world of superhero fiction, but its praise escapes me. And as Bobby said, I know, I am in minority. It’s like Waid and Ross tried to tell god-like story and succeed in it.
I read this article and it sums up my thoughts and feelings on few points, on the other, I disagree.
Superman Red Son (Mark Millar - Dave Johnson - Killian Plunkett)
I think I can say here - “The Chief did it!” IMO - the best Elseworlds story, the best Superman story and the best and probably the most mature Millar story. True, the plot is so simple and without much sense, but I didn’t care. There are many interesting points underneath; fun, provocative, harrowing or sad. Batman’s arc especially, despite it’s short lenght is memorable - his unexpected suicide, which took me by total surprise. Speaking of the characters, they are reimagined in radical way (given this is Elseworlds story), but it’s not small achievement when you make them to stay close to their original counterparts. And Batman’s outfit is so cool, especially the Russian version of the cowl xD.
Anyway, while, let’s be honest, the book is told from Anglophile side of view, it still gives enough room for moraly grey perspective to say this isn’t your typical black n white story, where Americans are good, and those “friggin’ commie Russians” are the worst. Through its characters, we initially got social commentary or better to say, dissection, and to an extent, critique of both political systems; then on gender relations, treatment of women (much better in Soviet Union/Russia); and in later stages, grows in the conflict that escalates into personal between Luthor and Superman, which to me stands as a theme, ran in Judge Dredd - freedom of choice or safety and perfection in totalitarianism. Oh, and the twist at end… While I don’t think it was neccessary, neither that it played any significant part in the plot, but the effect is mindblowing and very clever in its execution, a basically Superman origin in a twist worth of any stellar thrillers.