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Superman/Batman Vol. 4: Vengeance Paperback – December 9, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401210430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401210434
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gotham Night on July 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Yes, it's silly. Yes, it's a little confusing. But yes, I loved this book. In time I have learned to relax and love MXYZPTLK, and here he has our two boys in total confusion. Batzarro (who I loved), Bizarro #1, Supergirls, Maximums, boom tubes, alternate earths, and an absolutely hilarious episode with the Batman Beyond character and Bizarro. Jeph Loeb had SO much fun writing all of this and poking fun at the industry, while still managing to include some heartbreaking moments too (Batzarro's death). What is not to love?? Relax, take a deep breath, buy it, and enjoy.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Up until this storyarc, I pretty much enjoyed Jeph Loeb's run on the high selling Superman/Batman series, but sadly, Loeb's final arc on the title is just loaded with plot holes and hard to understand. Vengeance finds a group called the Maximums hunting down Superman and Batman because they believe the two iconic heroes murdered one of their own. Naturally, this is not the case, and soon enough Bizarro is on the scene, along with "Batzarro" (I kid you not), the Joker, and Mr. Mxyzptlk. What happens next in Vengeance is incredibly hard to follow as Loeb appears to shift things into high gear, but things never take off. His renditions of Supes and Bats are more wooden here than ever before, and the story inconsistencies and additional appearances out of nowhere just boggle the mind. Ed McGuinness, who teamed with Loeb when Superman/Batman launched, returns to lend his pencil work with Dexter Vines on inks, may be too cartoony for some, but it's undoubtedly the highlight of this TPB. This ended up being Loeb's last arc on the title before taking work once again with Marvel, so hopefully the otherwise talented and celebrated writer has had his batteries recharged.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Brooks on May 15, 2007
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I'm not quite sure why so many people have a problem with this story. Sure it's crazy, but considering the main "villains" involved, it should be nothing else. I don't think a lot of people really "get" this story, which is so crazy...it works.

There's a ton of characters involved, and some twists to old favorites. I loved The Maximums as an Avengers parody, great stuff there. Bizzaro and Batzarro are great as unlikely heroes, although after awhile it can be a chore reading their text. It was cool to see Loeb handle them just as he does Supes and Bats though.

Overall this is a fun read, if you take it too seriously, you'll end up jaded like the other people who've written reviews on it. It looks very likely that Loeb and McGuinness just wanted to have a good time with their last S/B arc. It's nice to have some comics left these days that don't take themselves so seriously. It's also worth noting that this arc again builds on the relationship between Superman and Batman, which Loeb is great at. I recommend it, don't listen to the hate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
Abandon hope, ye who chooses to navigate this volume. Abandon clarity, as well. Jeph Loeb, c'mon, dude. SUPERMAN/BATMAN Vol. 4: VENGEANCE may collect issues #20-25 but it leaves a soul-sucking taint in its wake. I thought Jeph Loeb did a fine job with this series' first three story arcs. But the wheels fell off with this one, his final go-around. Loeb did his level best to tie up all the plot threads he'd introduced in this series, but the end result is this incredibly cluttered, near incomprehensible read. I first read this "Vengeance" storyline in its individual comic book format, and, oy, the migraine I got trying to keep all the frenzied goings-on and madcap twists sorted out in my brain. Reading this arc is like being caught in an earthquake. It's so hard to find solid footing.

I'm all for a comic book company's poking fun at a rival. But you gotta come harder than this. The Maximums are their reality's World's Mightiest Heroes and easily recognizable as DC's wink of the eye at Marvel's the Avengers. When one of their own, Giant Ma- er, Skyscraper, falls, insurmountable evidence dictates that Superman and Batman did the felling, supposedly getting back at Skyscraper for murdering Lois Lane. Off the Maximums go, dimension-hopping to exact bloody vengeance. "Maximums, march!" stoutly cries their leader, the Soldier. I can picture Chris Evans playing him in the movie.

In the more familiar DC universe, with Lois Lane very much alive, Superman and Batman are pounding on the Atomic Skull when a boom tube heralds the Maximums' arrival. The non-plussed World's Finest duo hear the visitors' chilling accusation and you can see their brows furrowing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Olstad on October 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
While I really enjoyed Superman / Batman volumes 1 - 3, Volume 4: Vengeance was a complete letdown.

First off, the story didn't really make any sense; it was all over the place, moving back and forth between different worlds/times with varying characters and motives. While it's somewhat difficult to follow, there are some good surprise cameo appearances.

Second, the overall premise of this arc is just odd and ties back to a storyline in Superman that wasn't even that good (see: Emperor Joker). The basic plot is just out-there.

The real disappointment, especially after the events in volume 1 and 2, is that stories occurring these later volumes have no overall effect on the Universe; what was once a starting ground for stories (the downfall of President Luthor, the re-introduction of Supergirl, has now become a series of random, pointless stories with no repercussions.

Unless you are a giant Loeb, Superman or Batman fan (or if you don't mind Bizzaro speak, en mass), I would pass on this.
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