Has the prospect of seeing “Man of Steel” made you hungry for more Super-stories? Then read on, for the five essential Superman graphic novels, in reverse order of importance:
5. “Superman: Red Son” ($17.99) is a play on words; as every Super-fan knows, Kryptonians lose their superpowers under a red sun. But the title is also a reference to the book’s fascinating concept: What if baby Kal-El’s rocket ship landed in the Soviet Union instead of Kansas?
Written by the endlessly inventive Mark Millar, “Red Son” posits the eternal question of nature vs. nurture, while still telling a ripsnorter of a story. Here we see the Man of Steel raised as the right-hand man of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin (whose last name, incidentally, comes from the Russian word for “steel”). The story runs through the real events of the Cold War, and is peopled by many historical figures.