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Dreamwatch Issue 120, review by Tom Baxter: " Simply excellent stuff." Time Out magazine, Nov 17-24 2004, reiew by Daniel Paddington: "...revealing that elusive element in graphic novels; psychological depth and (even rarer) convincing dialogue." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jeph Loeb is a screenwriter/producer, whose comics credits include the award-winning Batman: The Long Halloween and its sequel, Dark Victory. More recently, he has written the number one-selling Batman: Hush storyline. Ed McGuinness has been the artist on various Superman titles, including Superman: President Lex and Superman: Return to Krypton; as well as Thundercats, Incredible Hulk and Vampirella. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Superman/Batman
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 9th Printing edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401202209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401202200
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First things first.

I am not a gigantic comics fan. I've never been to a comic book shop. I know the big names. Basically, if they had a live action TV show, I know them.

So, my opinion is not as well-informed as that of some.

Superman has always been of limited interest to me. He can't be hurt (technically, I know he can but who has Kryptonite sitting around?), he has the tools to deal with any situation. He has a healthy psyche. Good guy to have on your side but not particularly interesting. Batman, on the other hand, he oozes character exploration opportunities.

Surprisingly, Loeb and company have made Superman very interesting, by looking at him through the prism of Batman, and also by seeing Batman through Superman's eyes. Their chosen format of having dueling interior thought lines from Batman and Superman offer the reader an interesting opportunity to see these tried and true characters anew.

This was a fun plotline - an interesting and entertaining read. The choice to use the TV show Batmobile was great, since it was by far the coolest of the bunch. There are lots of inside jokes, such as having lines lifted from the various TV shows and movies that have featured Batman and Superman.

Highly recommended.
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The first thing I noticed, and the reason I ended up buying the book, was that the whole way through you got to see inside of batman/superman's head via captions. It was really cool seeing how they each saw the situation so differently, yet came to the same conclusions. The problems start right after President Luthor puts a million dollar bounty on supermans head. After that the majority of the plot is based on them being attacked with an unbelievable number of super villians, who we discover have apparently all had their minds taken over by a psychic ape. From their it just goes downhill. The artwork was good, though a bit too... solid for my tastes. The art all looks like it belongs in a cartoon (where you can't leave too much of the screen uncovered) than in a graphic novel (where such things can be used for effect).
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I bought Superman/ Batman Public Enemies for two reasons. One was that I'd seen some really positive reviews about it on Amazon and a few other websites and I always like stories where Superman and Batman crosspaths. But my main reason for getting this was Jeph Loeb. I hold him high on my list of comic book writers, for me he's up there with Frank Miller and Alan Moore.
I loved The Long Halloween and Dark Victory. Superman For All Seasons is my favourite Superman book. I also even really enjoyed Spider-Man: Blue, and I'm not a big Spider-Man fan. But I have to admit I was a little disappointed in this book.

The storyline itself was good, an asteroid made out of kryptonite is headed for Earth. Being kryptonite, he can't stop it, so I figured that's where Batman would come in to help. But a lot of the story seemed cluttered and it just felt like it was being written without any real plan or idea on where it would go.

It had a large number of lesser known DC characters. I think that's both good and bad. It's good to put these characters in a comic with big name characters like Superman and Batman, it's the best way for people to learn about them and get into them. But at the same time, they took attention away from the main focus of the story.

There were also a number of smaller plotlines running throughout the story that sometimes made me forget there was a giant kryptonite asteroid about to destroy Earth.

The writing and dialogue itself is still really good. And personally, I loved how each page and panel showed both Bruce and Clark's individual thoughts. How they both want the same thing, but have much different trains of thought and ideas on how to get it.
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This is a great series. The art is clean. Jeph Loeb keeps true to the essense of the characters and takes them seriously. Definitely worth reading multipe times.
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In this volume Superman and Batman team up to fight Superman's arch nemesis, Lex Luthor. In the chronology of this particular storyline, Luthor was elected President of the United States. Unbeknownst to the public, he has also continued his various secret schemes and projects to rid the world of Superman and control the world. When a huge kryptonian asteroid threatens to hit Earth, Luthor blames it on Superman and orders a federal warrant for his arrest and sends a team of superheroes to bring Superman in. Meanwhile Batman and Superman try to capture Luthor while at the same time trying to stop the meteor before it hits the planet.

The art work in PUBLIC ENEMIES is beautiful. Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines, and company do an excellent job of melding the vibrant, radiant colors that are often seen in connection with Superman to the more darker, bleak palette used with Batman. I also enjoyed the parallelism throughout the graphic novel between the thoughts of Superman and the thoughts of Batman. These two characters are tent pole characters of the D.C. universe and anytime they are teamed up makes for at least a decent story. Even though it made the story a bit more heavy-handed than it should have been, I also like how various D.C. characters are brought in throughout the story including Green Lantern, Hawkman, Captain Marvel, and the buxom beauty Atom Girl.

However, there is a lot about PUBLIC ENEMIES that I don't like. The series was written by Jeph Loeb. Loeb is a writer who doesn't really care much about the history of the characters he writes about. He doesn't seem to care much about continuity either.
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