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Superman/Batman VOL 01: Public Enemies Paperback – April 1, 2005

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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.

About the Author

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: Batman
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 2nd 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By DWD's Reviews VINE VOICE on October 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
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 art by Ed Mcguiness in this volume is average in my opinion. It has a feel like it was drawn for a Saturday morning cartoon. Almost all of the men in this book have the super square, macho manly man chin. Lex Luthor and Black Lightning are about the only exceptions. I wonder why he chose those 2 characters as the only ones wnoith rounder chins. Hair and clothing are about the only ways to tell Superman & Shazam from each other. I suspect that if Batman and Hawkman weren't wearing masks that they would look the same as the other 2 faces mentioned above. The few women do have softer, rounded faces and all look pretty good. The only real detail that he draws are in the chins & muscles. Mcguiness goes over the top with the muscles on almost all of his characters. Their muscles have muscles. It's like he loved the way his Masters of the Universe figures looked as a kid and thought every character he drew should have more muscles than the Hulk. Speaking of the Hulk, Mcguiness' work on the Hulk and Marvel comics work in general was better than the art here. The lack of detail & over the top muscles are what led me to call his art cartoonish. Art gets a 3.

The writing in this volume isn't Jeph Loeb's best work. Normally I would compare his writing to an Oscar nominated film. On this title, the writing is more that of a summer blockbuster. He wanted to throw as many heroes and villains into the story and go for more action than what is in an average comic story arc. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I'm just used to something different from Loeb. The best spots in the writing are where Clark & Bruce's thoughts are shown side by side. It not only shows how well Superman &Batman know each other, but also how well Loeb knows each of them. Writing gets 4 stars.
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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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