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Superman: Speeding Bullets (Elseworlds) Comic – September, 1993

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Product Details

  • Comic: 48 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563891174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563891175
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "cyber_person_53" on March 14, 2004
Warning: This review includes spoilers to the material reviewed. If you hope to read this some day, be careful how you read my review.
I first came across SUPERMAN: SPEEDING BULLETS in a newsagent not long after seeing the third BATMAN movie and developing a serious Batman addiction. It looked fantastic. I didn't get it. This proved to be a mistake - I never saw it again.
Until about four days ago, in a small Adelaide collectors store - when, prompted by years of vague, half-memories and a sense that it would have been a great purchase, I snapped it up for about AUS$10.00. Am I glad I did? You bet. It's by no means perfect, but it's an excellent work, and proof that the memory doesn't always cheat. It's easily one of my best purchases.
The Elseworlds plot is intriguing; what if the baby Kal-El had landed outside Gotham, and had been raised not by the Kents, but by the Waynes? And suppose that baby, traumatized by witnessing the murder of his parents and then frying the murderer with his heat vision, grew into a bitter, obsessive Bruce Wayne, who decides to bring terror to those who bring terror to others as the Batman? And suppose, in his quest for justice, he locks horns not only Lex Luthor (who is hiding a dark, terrible secret of his own in this work), but his true-love, Lois Lane (the narrator of this story)?
For the most part, despite the cramped length, the writers have an immense amount of fun contrasting the two heroes who represent polar opposites of the D.C range within the same person. The superpowered Batman seems far darker, more obsessive and a demonstration of the kind of damage someone really obsessed with dishing out justice to evildoers can do withsuper-strength and heat-vision.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on May 18, 2004
There is a hard-to-find Elseworlds issue out there. This one is called Speeding Bullets and is told by Superman's closest associates. The main idea is that they are convinced that he is the man he is because of where his ship landed, his parents, the influence of Lois Lane and other factors. Only this combination could result in superman. Right?
Kal-El's craft crashed and spotted by a childless couple who returned to their house and treated the boy as their own son. These people are Dr. and Martha Wayne. Kal-El manages to burn the mugger who kills his parents, but not before he discovers he is bullet proof. He represses the memories and eventually becomes a heartless vigilante known as Batman.
Bruce Wayne comes out of hiding and enters the newspaper business by hiring the best; out of work Perry White, Lois Lane and others. The first big story is Lex Luthor's move to Gotham.
Lex Luthor gets to play the part of three separate villains all rolled into one but I won't tell you who or how the heartless Batman becomes Superman, but it was a very entertaining story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1998
Earlier reviews depicted this story as a smarmy, watered-down portrayal of what might have happened if Bruce Wayne was the true Last Son of Krypton. But those reviews are wrong. This is not only comic book fiction, but a fictionalized account of fiction. DeMatteis achieves his goal of showing the reader what could happen if Kal-El became Batman, and he does it with respectful grace and dignity. Of course, the Lex Luther/Joker combination was a bit trite, but anything's better than the Sinestro/Joker combo in "Darkest Knight."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sidharth Khanna (sidharthkhanna@hotmail.com) on July 19, 1999
This is not a Superman story, that's for sure. The dark settings of Gotham City, the storyline, the background, all point to a Batman flick.
Nevertheless, the plot is interesting, to say the least. The idea of Lois Lane narrating the story is a good one, and well exploited. However, the attempt to merge the personalities of Lex Luthor and the Joker falls flat on its face....it is just a no-go, considering how different the two personalities are in any case.
The book is sporadically good, but has the potential to be much better. It fails to tackle the problems Bruce Wayne (aka Superman, in this case) would have experienced as a child, in terms of his superpowers.
I wouldn't recommend anyone to go out and buy this comic book, but it is definitely worth one read. And it does set the mind thinking about 'what-if' things had been as portrayed by this book.
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SPEEDING BULLETS is an Elseworlds comic that imagines what would have happened if Superman had crash landed near Gotham City instead of Smallville, Kansas. Superman's space ship is discovered by a very wealthy family, the Waynes, and they officially adopt the boy and name him Bruce. The Waynes quickly discover that young Bruce has some extraordinary abilities, but it isn't until after their murder that his powers are fully revealed. The convergence of the Batman and Superman worlds continue to merge until the final sequence when Lois Lane helps Bruce Wayne discover his true identity as Superman. As far as Elseworlds stories go, SPEEDING BULLETS isn't too bad. It was kind of neat seeing how Lex Luthor and Lois Lane came to Gotham City in that world. I admit that I would like to have seen some more scenes of a dark and brooding Superman as Batman, but other than that it's not too bad of a story.
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