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Enemies and Allies: The Dark Knight Meets The Man of Steel

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10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Great Caesar's Ghost - a brilliant foray into the meeting of two legendary characters!

Capitalizing on the momentum from his The Last Days of Krypton, Kevin J. Anderson in Enemies & Allies explores the early days of Kal-El. This time, sunny Metropolis clashes with dreary Gotham; and like all great relationships' first meetings, this one has its share of d...
Capitalizing on the momentum from his The Last Days of Krypton, Kevin J. Anderson in Enemies & Allies explores the early days of Kal-El. This time, sunny Metropolis clashes with dreary Gotham; and like all great relationships' first meetings, this one has its share of drama, suspense and excitement.

As with all of Anderson's books, Enemies & Allies moves at lightning speed, briefly revealing the backstories for Kal-El and Bruce Wayne, and then jumping into the page-turning plot. Along the ride, I found myself pausing for breath to appreciate the life he breathed into the secondary characters, such as Lois Lane's headstrong willfulness in chasing the big story, and nailing Perry White's perfect blend of sardonic, chauvinistic wit.

But what I found most interesting (and refreshing), more than the main thrust of Luthor's designs upon Metropolis, was the subplot concerning economic espionage between LuthorCorp and Wayne Enterprises; the subtle battle between Wayne and Luthor for the licensing and use of military technology, complete with board-room betrayals and blackmail, office break-ins and murder...

And as for Superman and Batman, in Enemies & Allies you get what you'd expect - and more. It was particularly inventive to follow Bruce Wayne's initial investigation of Superman from a skeptical detective's standpoint, using logic and only the facts, at first suspecting Superman to be a minion of Lex Luthor's. But as mistrust wears away to acceptance, and then as they become Allies against Luthor, McCarthyism and the larger Cold War threat, a truly interesting moral debate occurs between the two heroes - taking the form of arguments Wayne voices so powerfully, causing Kal-El to question his own belief in the black and white nature of good and evil and to ponder Batman's insistence that real criminals - as well as heroes - sometimes struggle in much grayer areas.

posted by Sakmyster on August 6, 2009

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2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Enemies & Allies, an uninteresting read

As a big fan of the superhero genre and an avid reader of Batman related fiction, I was pretty excited to read 'Enemies & Allies'. Set in the 1950s during the arms race of the Cold War, this book follows Superman and Batman in their early years and through their first m...
As a big fan of the superhero genre and an avid reader of Batman related fiction, I was pretty excited to read 'Enemies & Allies'. Set in the 1950s during the arms race of the Cold War, this book follows Superman and Batman in their early years and through their first meeting. Alternating between not only Superman and Batman's point of views, it also follows the notorious genius Lex Luthor and intrepid reporter Lois Lane.

Overall, while the book is an okay read, it isn't anything to write home about. The characters remain two dimensional and uninspiring, while the plot is barely as interesting as a sci-fi b movie. Most of the plot devices employed are hackneyed and done better in other material. The book isn't subtle, it isn't fleshed out, and it doesn't provide any insight or new angles on the characters. The author is also unfamiliar with large aspect of the 1950s from daily life to clothing and technology. The setting and technological marvels were more unbelievable than the many powers of Superman have ever been.

For a set of characters with over seventy years of history, this book doesn't offer anything new. There are thousands of stories about these characters interacting and you'd find more interesting content and stories in almost any of them.

posted by JessicaR on April 18, 2009

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  • Posted April 18, 2009

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    Enemies & Allies, an uninteresting read

    As a big fan of the superhero genre and an avid reader of Batman related fiction, I was pretty excited to read 'Enemies & Allies'. Set in the 1950s during the arms race of the Cold War, this book follows Superman and Batman in their early years and through their first meeting. Alternating between not only Superman and Batman's point of views, it also follows the notorious genius Lex Luthor and intrepid reporter Lois Lane.

    Overall, while the book is an okay read, it isn't anything to write home about. The characters remain two dimensional and uninspiring, while the plot is barely as interesting as a sci-fi b movie. Most of the plot devices employed are hackneyed and done better in other material. The book isn't subtle, it isn't fleshed out, and it doesn't provide any insight or new angles on the characters. The author is also unfamiliar with large aspect of the 1950s from daily life to clothing and technology. The setting and technological marvels were more unbelievable than the many powers of Superman have ever been.

    For a set of characters with over seventy years of history, this book doesn't offer anything new. There are thousands of stories about these characters interacting and you'd find more interesting content and stories in almost any of them.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Lackluster novel

    I was hoping for a pleasant revisting of the rocky introduction of Batman and Superman. What I got was inanely one dimensional thoughts and dialog by two dimensional characters that bordered on parody.

    One of the great virtues of the novel form is its ability to create deeper, more complete and 'real' characters than a thirty odd page comic book can. Sadly none of that potential was realized in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    FIRST!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Mmm

    Is goodi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Luke warm read

    If you are itching for a supes and the bat story to read in between the newest issues of the comics and has already read all of the graphic novels or if you're a die hard fan who likes anything with the big S or the bat logo on it then you'll love this book. If you want a bit more depth to your story and are a stickler for a book that really captures the time period it's suppose to be in then you may want to pass. A good beach read or something to kill time with on the train. I thought it was ok but I never felt like I couldn't put it down.

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