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Superman/Batman, Vol. 1: Public Enemies

(Superman/Batman: First Editions #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  8,634 ratings  ·  213 reviews
A tale of loyalty and unlikely friendship featuring two of the most recognizable and popular super-heroes on the planet, SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES pairs the Man of Steel with the Dark Knight. The iconic super-heroes unite when longtime Superman enemy Lex Luthor, now president of the United States, accuses Superman of a horrible act against mankind, and assembles a to ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2004)
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Sean Barrs
Where is the rivalry?


Sure these guys may have already settled their debts and have learnt to work together, but where is the competition? Where is Batman’s naturally morose attitude? Where is his desire to show that you don’t need super powers to kick ass?


This just didn’t get the relationship of the two right, and moreover it pointed out the most painstakingly obvious details such as “I hate it when he does that.” I mean we don’t really near to be explicitly told this. The art can carry it th
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is literally like a McDonald's value meal for the eyes. I consumed something, yes, but it's not lasting and I don't feel sated. Sigh. ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Lex puts out a warrant for Supes, a bunch of villains/heroes turn up to help/capture him, it's not heavy on plot as it focuses on Batman and Superman waxing poetic about each other. I'm not sure about the artwork some of it works and then at times it looks like a shitty knock off Bruce Timm.
After reading some reviews i was expecting some over the top bromance, proclamations of love, life saving endearing moments, y'know a lil something something.

But nah son, you all lied.
It's probably a bit
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on our blog by clicking here.

The world’s oldest question: Superman or Batman? Now, what if it isn’t always a “or”? The two titans haven’t always been either side of the fence. Although their sense of justice and their means vary grandly thanks to differences in their childhoods, there are various similarities that bring these two together more often than not. Legendary Jeph Loeb brings forth one of the many popular series that stars the “World’s Finest” duo as they tackle
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic, pretty-good
Jeph Loeb...just this name is enough to motivate me into reading this series, and Mr. Loeb really doesn't disappoint. Plus the artwork is also good.

PS: and President Lex Luther isn't such a bad idea after we saw what is going on in the real-life USA!
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
Honestly, this is my second favorite Batman/Superman story.

It does such a great job showing why Bruce and Clark share a bond to begin with. Loeb did a great job with Bruce and Clark's narratives being parallels of each other. You see them reading each other's minds throughout the entire case, being on the same page, thinking almost exclusively about each other throughout the entire arc. Bruce is constantly worried about Clark's safety and going so far as to say he'd be okay with whatever punish
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
An okay read! So this my first time reading the comic for this story, their was an animated film of this story, that I have watched over ten times! Unfortunately overall, I think I like the animated film better... My major issue with this story is just how confusing a lot of it is, I don't wanna spoil, but so much stuff happens in this one book that its crazy; I can see why the animated film they had to simplify the story a lot, but this one time, it was for the right reasons! So basically the s ...more
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love Loeb's Superman/Batman! If you haven't checked these out, you are seriously missing out on the fun. ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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, Mongu
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was alright, the art was a bit too cartoony for my liking at first but I got used to it eventually. Story-wise things were a bit cluttered, but I do love Batman and Superman's friendship/partnership and their banter so I might continue reading, but we'll see. ...more
Brenda Clough
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Superb. Surely the very best iteration of the World's Finest Team we will see in our lifetimes. ...more
Callie *Fights Censorship*
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, batman, dc
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
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
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Quickie Review

When it comes to superheroes, the old saying is true: You can't beat the classics. Superman and Batman are two of the standby comic book stars, and this volume of comics is entertaining despite both its age and its old-school cast of characters. It's not exactly perfect--there's some profanity, a little blood, and one heroine wears a buxom outfit--but, for what it is, it's quite fun.

Score: 4/5
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I was not aware of and had not followed any of the run up to this so it took a while to get into it. It was a nicely told tale and the art was very good overall. There are always moments where it dips but there was real spectacle here lovingly drawn.

I liked some of the twists, I enjoyed the narrative style and the way the 2 perspectives formed a type voice over to the action and the story

So overall it was a good read, fun while it lasted. You cannot really ask more than that from a book. Its ni
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lex's proof to the American people that Superman is to blame is baseless. Subplots were shaky. Overall, I feel the Public Enemies movie got it better. Still, a good book. ...more
Jun 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphicnovel
Review originally published Imprint (Volume 29, Issue 33) []

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
Kevin Izworski
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
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
May 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautiful Art... really, really gorgeous, enough to get four stars on its own. I loved the black fill on all the pages - really made the colors pop. Lots of lovely uses of space and big panels that show detail.

However, the story is implausible and ridiculous. The parallel narration for the Superman/Batman works really well in the first chapter, but as they build the story the plot gets ridiculous. I know it's always hard to write a good Superman comic since what do you DO with him, but this one
Sep 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
J.M. Hushour
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mandy Galileo
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great read and wonderful team up between these two iconic characters. Strongly recommended. It balances both their traditional friendship as well as showing the strongly different viewpoints of the world the characters have.
Dario Vaccaro
Oct 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
What a painful read. Jeph Loeb and his usual obsession for over-crowded storylines strike again here, with one of the dumbest Batman/Superman stories ever and a plethora of unnecessary secondary characters that make everything uselessly complicated. Every single action is completely stupid, from Lex Luthor's plan to discredit Supes to the duo's "high" ideals and ridiculous actions. There is not a single moment where I was excited by the story or surprised by turns of events, which are as obvious ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paige
Shelves: read-in-2015
The thing that I love most about this comic book is how Superman and Batman have this friends-yet-enemies relationship going on. Their ultimate goal is the same, but their methods and beliefs on how to reach that point are very different - just like Professor X and Magneto.

On a random side note, I didn't realize how many sidekicks/knock-offs Batman and Superman had until I read this comic book...
Nerdish Mum
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I loved the beginning of this and Batman and Superman talking through their beginnings. I really enjoyed their internal dialogue throughout showing their love and respect for each other. Their relationship is one of my favourites in the superhero universe as they are such opposites but they work together so well. The story itself is well written and is interesting but this is not my favourite version of Lex Luthor and he just didn't work for me. ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Exciting action adventure, but extremely shallow. The dual-personality dialogue at first interesting gets pretty trite over time. In the end, the comic's best feature is its excellent attention to continuity.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is definitely for younger readers, even before the rocket is shaped like a weird combination of Batman and Superman.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great start to what looks like a excellent series of books. One down and eleven to go!
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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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