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Superman/Batman VOL 01: Public Enemies Paperback – April 1, 2005
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Enjoyable and an interesting look inside batman and superman's heads.Published 6 months ago by Shane VanDeusen
Good story, but the animated movie version is better. Cuts out a lot of useless plot points.Published 14 months ago by Kyle Daley
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The Earth is in danger as usual, due to a comet the size of Australia quickly approaching. Read more
This trade collects Superman/Batman (2003) issues #1-6.
I remember finding this story enjoyable but somewhat flawed when it came out. Read more
I loved this comic. It was very well written and the graphics were good. The writing was just fantastic. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Thomas Schmalz
Very good read
Love the artwork and story very entertaining
Who'll d highly recommend to any batman superman fan two thumbs up