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Superman/Batman, Vol. 1: Public Enemies (Superman/Batman #1)

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DC Comics is pleased to offer a special new edition of the classic trade paperback collecting SUPERMAN/BATMAN #1-6 to coincide with the Fall 2009 WHV direct-to-DVD DC Universe Animated Original movie, featuring the same logo as the movie packaging.

A tale of loyalty and unlikely friendship featuring two of the most recognizable and popular super-heroes on the planet, SUPERM
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Published 2005 by Semic (first published March 2004)
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Kat Stark


WARNING: Homosexual pictures everywhere.

What started off as super awesome, showing a contrast of the light and dark lines that made Superman and Batman the heroes they are today, slowly became a little...I hate to say it, but gay for me.

IF YOU LIKE A SUPERMAN AND BATMAN HARDCORE BROMANCE than this is the comic for you!



The storyline is actually not that bad. Bruce and Clark grew up together and they each tell their own stories. They get into some fights. The main villain is Lex Luthor this round,
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Scott
I am so loving that I committed to reading more graphic novels in 2014 because books like this are so much fun! I'm actually a Marvel guy and have never read much in the DC universe but this book was a blast.

Asteroid heading toward earth. President Lex Luthor offers a bounty on Superman (blames the asteroid on him) and an all out battle royal ensues. It's pretty much everyone against Superman & Batman - Soloman Grundy, Hawkman, Green Lantern, Power Girl (yea), Mister Freeze, Captain Cold, M
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Callie Rose Tyler
I really wanted to like this one, but it was bad, painfully bad. It had a moment or two of hope and it held my interest, but ultimately I was left hugely disappointed. First off, this is by far the most homoerotic comic I have ever read. The relationship between Batman and Superman surpassed the “Odd Couple” and dabbled into the very strange territory of secret love affair. I’m sure this was not the intention of the author but the constant secret admiration and worship of one another is uncomfor ...more
Fizzgig76
Reprints Superman/Batman #1-6. Batman and Superman team-up when Luthor frames Superman for the impending doom of the world. First off, I kind of like the art, but the story and writing is really bad. The juxtapositioning of Superman to Batman is interesting, but it is so forced that drawing out an entire series based on it seems fake. The supporting characters are so out of synch and the idea that Lex Luthor could turn the world against Superman with a lame press conference is laughable. At leas ...more
Nicki
Well, let’s start with the art because that’s my biggest complaint. I felt like I was seven again. I hated this style. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t grow up in the 70’s. I was a 90’s kid. Almost everything from the 90’s was dark and gritty. That’s the way I like my comics. Dark, gritty, edgy, and clean, not cartoon-ish. If I wanted cartoons, goddamnit, I could have picked up the next Naruto.

Next, to the story. Oh my God, it was only slightly better. My biggest complaint was all the fighting. I k
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Kevin Izworski
Just wrapped up "Superman | Batman: Public Enemeies

I gave it 3 stars, it certainly had it's moments, but a lot of it was crap.
*SPOILERS*
Basically Superman and Batman team up (as the bestest of best friends) to take on President Lex Luthor who has amassed a team of Supers to take the Man of Steel down all while a continental sized hunk of Kryptonite hurtles towards earth (really fast!) threatening to destroy the world. It's really a Superman story, Batman is important to the plot mostly as a love
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Gavin
I wasn't sure I was going to like this because I'm usually let down by team up editions, (although I do like when either one shows up in the others' adventures) but this was a great book. The inner monologue is told by both Superman and Batman, and traces back to the first time they crossed paths (as children in Kansas apparently). The monologue does a great job of showing how very similar they are in so many ways, but since they don't talk as openly as some, they don't know just how similar the ...more
Mo
Review originally published Imprint (Volume 29, Issue 33) [http://imprint.uwaterloo.ca/index.php...]

Superman and Batman have always stood on separate ends of the "superhero" spectrum.

The Kryptonian poster-boy of truth and justice has never seen eye to eye with Gotham City’s night prowler, having sparred on more than occasion for the very same reason.

This comic collection from writer Jeph Loeb sees them fighting side by side, bending the spectrum to show that at the core, the two crime fighters a
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Nicholas
This is my review for the whole series.

This Superman/Batman series is everything it should be. It's epic and personal at the same time. Loeb brilliantly manipulates the tension between Superman and Batman, whose friendship at times seems to rest superficially on a common interest to do good in the world. The two characters greatly disagree as to methodology and are frequently at each other's throats throughout the series. This difficult relationship makes the times when they genuinely show respe
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J.M. Hushour
That perennial shitass Lex Luthor, at this point in DC continuity, had managed to get himself elected Prez. In a dark yet often hilarious (lots of jokes about DC heroines' boob sizes) near political satire, Supes and Bats team-up to take down that mahfah. This also means taking on most of the cooler DC villains (Solomon Grundy vs Batman on the White House lawn!) and the pansy good guys who side with Luthor (Shazam! is lame, anyway). All this is going on while a giant Kryptonite meteor streaks to ...more
bkwurm
Maybe I have been spoilt by the likes of Dark Victory and the Long Halloween but I expected far better from Jeph Loeb's work.

While entertaining enough, the plot was just not believable. I mean, look, this is superman we are talking about, the beloved superhero that other superheroes look up to. Even if anyone accepted that a threat to earth was a threat to earth only because of him, how was that grounds for the arrest of superman?

The book was highly recommended. After reading it, I find it hard
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John Mccubbin
This was a fantastic story, and I'm very happy that I've finally gotten round to reading it. Jeph Loeb does a fantastic job of bringing these two characters together in a story that was both extremely exciting and entertaining. Loeb also does a great job of balancing the story between both characters, as although the plot itself is more focused towards Superman, Loeb doesn't forget about Batman, allowing him to shine just as much as Superman, making the title very appropriate, rather than just a ...more
Federiken Masters
Mar 05, 2010 Federiken Masters rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poca gente
Recommended to Federiken by: Ofertas
Si el guion estuviera a la altura del dibujo, la historia sería otra. Pero como por más bonito que dibuje McGuiness el dibujo de Loeb sigue siendo de lo más pavote e inverosímil, me veo forzado a promediar para abajo.
Marco la edición española por aproximación, ya que lo tengo en los números sueltos de SD. Lástima que jamás conseguí el #5 :(
George Kingsley
Public Enemies is a fairly light-hearted story that explores the dynamic relationship between Batman and Superman, attached is a fitting B-movie esque plot which involves a radioactive comet on its way to earth, from possible Krytonian origin. The artwork by Ed McGuiness is nice and colourful, the story gets serious at times but never veers into anything unsuitable, which makes Public Enemies a great place to start for new fans, as well as for seasoned readers wishing to escape Miller-esque blea ...more
Ben
This is definitely for younger readers, even before the rocket is shaped like a weird combination of Batman and Superman.
Anne
I love Loeb's Superman/Batman! If you haven't checked these out, you are seriously missing out on the fun.
Cameron
Maybe I would have liked this one a bit more if I hadn't already seen the DC animated movie already, but I did enjoy it. The story is fun, the art is clean and exciting, and it is really nice to see the two title characters actually getting along and backing each other up. My only gripe is that it does portray some other heroes as, how do I put this delicately, Luthor's bitches. Seriously, this didn't have me liking much of the JSA, Starfire, Hawkman, Shazam, or Captain Marvel too much. Big fans ...more
Rick Hunter
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 t ...more
Ashley
After reading "Superman/Batman Vol.2 Supergirl", I was interested to see how this story arc began...

Ed McGuinness' artwork is definitely not Michael Turner's but it is much more acceptable than most. I like his clean lines and child-like tone. It isn't so much a graphic as it is a printed-form of a cartoon and that is so much easier to deal with than those that get all artsy on us with sketch work and that color-outside-the-lines style. McGuinness suffers from that chronic manly-man school of dr
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Lloyd
This is yet another one I've read for my own little personal celebration of the 75th anniversary of Superman and also another that folks had voted as one of the best Superman stories of all time.

While I don't know if I, myself, would include it on that list, this is a pretty solid tale and a fun story to read. It's got plenty of guest appearances, plenty of action, and it really illustrates the friendship between Batman and Superman very well, touching on secrets they know about each other, how
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Dale
A review by an infrequent reader of comics

Published in 2005 by Titan Graphic Novels.
Originally published in 2004 by D.C. Comics


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
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Trekscribbler
Don't you just love it when two great athletes team up?
Batman and Superman have been around for decades. Two of the main reasons people still read comics today, these two icons have appeared in -- literally -- thousands of stories ... facing threats to themselves ... challenging threats to world peace ... and making the world safe for the rest of us at the risk to their own personal safety.

However, PUBLIC ENEMIES -- under the guidance of Jeph Loeb -- takes the old and makes it new, bringing a re
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Eric
This book mesh these two characters together in a way that clearly showed their friendship, their differences, and why there is a need for both of them in the DC Universe. I decided to read this series primarily because I haven't enjoyed much coming out of the NEW 52 relaunch and as a result I had stepped away from comics entirely. I wanted to test the waters to see if it was just the new stuff I wasn't enjoying or if it was comics in general that had taken on a lackluster quality. I discovered ...more
Martin
I think this book would get a higher rating if [1] it was intentionally geared towards kids, or [2] if a kid were to rate it. The art by Ed McGuinness is, as always, larger-than-life and the colouring is outstanding. What I have a problem with is the plot: Jeph Loeb, one of the writers largely involved in making Lex Luthor President of the USA in the Superman comic books (at the time), manages - in 6 short issues! - to tear all that down and make Lex a fugitive.

The story quicklt devolves into a
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Brian
I didn't think I'd like this because of how much I hated Ultimatum (also by Jeph Loeb), but maybe the dude just hates Marvel (joke). But I really enjoyed this. There's a lot to say about having Batman and Superman team up, mostly "why?" Superman has god-like powers, why would he need Batman, the lone member of the Justice League 7 without any superpowers? Well, this book gives you a good reason.

The book is framed by constantly alternating inner monologue captions from Batman and Superman. The op
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Michael
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Mike
This trade collects Superman/Batman (2003) issues #1-6.

I remember finding this story enjoyable but somewhat flawed when it came out. Taking an opportunity to revisit it ten years later for a book club I did find the same weaknesses, but appreciated its strengths more than I recalled.

This is set in the pre-New 52 DC Universe. Lex Luthor is the president of the United States and takes advantage of a strange danger approaching the Earth to declare Superman a criminal and direct hero and villain ali
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Carey Walker
While my rating says 4 stars, it's actually closer to 3.5. This book is hard to rate because it has a lot of things going for it and some great ideas that it goes for, but at times, it doesn't work. The best part about the book, and the reason majority of people would read this, is the dynamic between Batman and Superman. Their relationship is great in this story. Jeph Loeb allows you to see what both Superman and Batman are thinking about the current situation and their individual approaches to ...more
Lindsay Stares
Premise: Collects Superman/Batman #1-6. It's business as usual for The Man of Steel and The Dark Knight, until Metallo's attack forces them together. They'll have to stay a team to deal with Metallo's mysterious plans, a Superman from the future and a giant Kryptonite meteor! And that's before President Luthor takes matters into his own hands, first putting a price on Superman's head, then sending a troop of other heroes to take Superman and Batman into custody!

This series is ridiculously fun. I
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Kaylan
I liked the narrative of "B" and "S." I liked how they worked together and it was clear that they are friends. It felt a bit sloppy in the middle.. And I HATED the batman/superman space craft. It was stupidly poetic and symbolic. It felt forced and juvenile (and in more ways than just having a 13 year old as the designer).

But at the end if the day, I liked it very much bc such a big part of this story was the inner struggles of Bruce and Clark.
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Joseph "Jeph" Loeb III is an Emmy and WGA nominated American film and television writer, producer and award-winning comic book writer. Loeb was a Co-Executive Producer on the NBC hit show Heroes, and formerly a producer/writer on the TV series Smallville and Lost.

A four-time Eisner Award winner and five-time Wizard Fan Awards winner (see below), Loeb's comic book career includes work on many major
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