Red One

Red One

Book 1, Welcome to America

Graphic Novel - 2015
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"What happens when America's Greatest Hero... is actually a Russian Spy? It's 1977, the height of the Cold War between USSR and US, and the Kremlin has a plan to win the war against Uncle Sam: Propaganda! Vera Yelnikov is an elite agent in the Soviet Army during the Cold War ? she IS the atomic bomb! Vera is sent to Los Angeles by her bosses at the Kremlin. Her mission? Become a true "American superhero", to be the spearhead of a propaganda operation of communist values in the land of Uncle Sam and fight against the "Carpenter", a fascist serial killer who blames America's ills on liberals. Vera is clumsy and ignorant of the customs of "the American way of life". Her secret identity in the US is Alabama Jones, and she must find a day job to cover her secret identity... a job that allows her to blend in and meet the aspirations of the Kremlin when the need arises as ? RED ONE!"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, Inc., [2015]
ISBN: 9781632154002
1632154005
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 cm

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jackieparker
Mar 16, 2017

The graphics were so, so male-gaze oriented that it was a bit difficult at times to appreciate the otherwise solid art. That said, the alt-history storyline is interesting, especially in the current political climate. With an Anita Bryant-type backed by a homespun-type vigilante supervillian out to purify the nation from, well, everything, what if Russia was the bastion freedom? What if they sent a KGB agent to counter the conservative movement and it's violent takeover? Red One is a great reluctant heroine who just wants to do the job and go home - even if her love of fun and tendency toward attachments might get in the way. Lots of violence toward women and lgbtq, but not overly graphic considering the format.

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