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Superman/Batman: The Search for Kryptonite Hardcover – November 4, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Superman/Batman
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401219330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401219338
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Green is a TV producer and writer. His production work includes Smalville (for which he also penned episodes), and his writing work includes Heroes. Shane Davis is a talented young artist whose work includes Batman and Mystery in Space. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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My absolute favorite thing about the story, however, is the art of Shane Davis.
CConn
The plot is a good ride with a lot of unexpected encounters and events; it changed pace nicely, and gave a good balance between action and character.
Carol J. Schwartz
I can tell I'm going to enjoy reading it again and again and that means its a good value for money ..... Enjoy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carol J. Schwartz on November 10, 2008
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Honestly, this sounded like a slightly silly premise to me: "Hey, Batman, I've just had an idea! Let's find all the Kryptonite on Earth and get rid of it!" "Sure thing, Supes!"

In fact, it turned out to be a surprisingly good, and not at all dumb, read. It starts out with a scene that just has to make you laugh, then quickly and smoothly segues into the main point of the plot: Supes has noticed that there seems to be more and more Kryptonite around, making it harder for him to do his job (and incidentally, kind of dangerous just to live on Earth). Batman seems to come along on the mission because increasing amounts of Kryptonite presents a mystery, and/or because he thinks the naive, trusting Superman needs a babysitter. Well, Batman's motivations are always hard to fathom.

The plot is a good ride with a lot of unexpected encounters and events; it changed pace nicely, and gave a good balance between action and character. Well-written dialog and internal 'thought bubbles' provide nice, if not stunningly original, insights into both Supes and Bats differing reactions to the same events.. The artwork throughout is excellent. There's a scene where Superman is at the JLA's moon base after exposure to a previously unknown form of (possibly) magic Kryptonite. The depictions of the other League members from Superman's POV is hilarious; it just misses being over the top, but it works and it's a nice giggle in the middle of an increasingly tension-filled plot.

I can't really discuss the questions raised by what (and who) Supes and Bats find in Kansas without spoiling. So I'll just say, you can understand everyone's position up to a point, and interesting questions about secrecy, security and patriotism are raised.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By brainiac723 on January 9, 2010
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The Search for Kryptonite is one of the better comic book graphic novels i have read. Basically, as the title says, batman and superman travel the world to rid it of Superman's greatest threat-kryptonite. What makes this graphic novel so good is that it deals with profound themes of vulnerability, trust, and friendship. Superman deals with his feelings of vulnerability as a result of the rampant spread of kryptonite. As the kryptonite decreases, Superman becomes slightly more ruthless which alarms Batman. Superman also deals with the loss of trust with his own government as well as one of his closest childhood friends. A few guest appearances by aquaman, Amanda Waller, a kryptonite sharded Doomsday (YIKES!)and others make it exciting and fun. Great writing, great story, and really good artwork make this a great graphic novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holden Punk on September 10, 2010
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This is a goog fun and self contained story featuring Batman and Superman attempting to rid the world of Kryptonite following yet another minor villain using the mineral which weakens Superman to put him out of action for awhile. Superman fears the time he spends recovering from Kryptonite poisoning puts the people he protects in danger and so the story begins.
Remembering that comics are a fun, adventure form of story and not to be overly analysed I reccomend this story as one which could be enjoyed by anyone with a basic knowlege of Superman. The one or two references to ongoing storyline can be passed easily.
Read this and enjoy the variety of problems the heroes face in their search for Kryptonite.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon Repesh on November 6, 2008
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After yet another perilous encounter with the deadly substance kryptonite, Superman decides to enlist the aid of his World's Finest buddy to help him ferret out and remove his natural Achilles' heel once and for all. However these two men are about to be in for quite a revelation. Kryptonite is everywhere, from massive chunks the size of small mountains to tiny dust particles of microscopic proportions, in all its haunting and paradoxical beauty. The sad irony evident to Superman is that the last remnants of the revered planet of his birth are now cruelly lethal to him on his adopted home planet. Unfortunately this is just the tip of the kryptonite iceberg, as more unexpected obstacles are to come. To their surprise, not everyone sees the value of their arduous quest, most specifically the new Aquaman and two other mysterious players, one predictable and the other not. Expediency can make for strange bedfellows, and while this peculiar pairing may be the result of a symbiotic relationship more governed by happenstance than design, the consequences are the same nonetheless. Whether or not the rationale is to safeguard the world against future possibilities of Superman going rogue or more pragmatic purposes, no measures are inconceivable to deter our heroes from accomplishing their honorable mission. The final reveal of the astonishing adversary may come as a shock to some and be controversial, but the character is rarely used anyways, so some leeway is warranted, especially considering their current role in the DCU. It could also pave the way for future storylines with more intricate and greater import. This trade ended up being an excellent example of how a plot that appears generic on the surface can be elevated above its inherent simplicity by exceptional execution.
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