Enemies and Allies

Enemies and Allies

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by Kevin J. Anderson

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As America and the Soviet Union race to build their nuclear stockpiles, two extraordinary heroes must form an uneasy alliance. These studies in opposites—shadow and light—must overcome their distrust of each other to battle evil and injustice.

Sputnik silently circles in the skies above the fabled cities of the United States as danger lurks in the Earth's

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As America and the Soviet Union race to build their nuclear stockpiles, two extraordinary heroes must form an uneasy alliance. These studies in opposites—shadow and light—must overcome their distrust of each other to battle evil and injustice.

Sputnik silently circles in the skies above the fabled cities of the United States as danger lurks in the Earth's darkest corners.

In Gotham, the shadowy vigilante known as the Batman haunts Gotham's streets . . . and the police are just as afraid of this Dark Knight as the city's criminals are.

In Metropolis, the notorious Lex Luthor is leveraging international tensions to build LuthorCorp into a military-industrial empire, competing against his business rival Wayne Industries, which is run by Gotham's enigmatic millionaire, Bruce Wayne. Luthor's activities have raised the interest of Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane, who is beginning to realize that Luthor may stop at nothing to achieve success.

At the same time, Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen are investigating the rumored crash of a flying saucer. Clark is desperate to know if there may be other lost interplanetary visitors on Earth secretly living among them—visitors like himself.

When Batman's and Superman's paths cross, their lives change, and history will never be the same.

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Publishers Weekly

Anderson's latest is a hokey, contrived imagining of the first meeting between Batman and Superman, set during the thick of the cold war and hobbled by flat characters and flatter dialogue ("My source was murdered shortly after she spoke with me. That tells me that Luthor must not have wanted her talking"). The two superheroes are initially introduced when Clark Kent interviews Bruce Wayne for a feature in the Daily Planet, and their alter egos cross paths again as Batman and Superman are drawn into Lex Luthor's dastardly scheme for world domination. (It involves the Soviets and "Death-ray transmitters.") To stop it, Batman and Superman embark on a ludicrous globe-trotting mission that's equal parts camp and Forrest Gump. A schlocky mediocrity for die-hard fans only. (May)

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Library Journal

Anderson, best known for his Dune prequels and several other DC superhero novels (The Last Days of Krypton), shows readers what might happen were millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne and small-town newspaper reporter Clark Kent to meet in the midst of the Red Scare 1950s-as both their secret identities and their superhero selves. Wayne comes off as a James Bond clone and Kent as an aw-shucks country boy, which, while mildly true about the alter egos of two of the most famous superheroes in the history of comics, does not begin to give them the depth they deserve. The settings (both Superman's Metropolis and Batman's Gotham City) are well done, and Anderson conveys the imposing feel of the Soviet presence. Still, Anderson's vision of cooperating heroes lacks punch, and when faced with a novel instead of graphics, readers may find that some of the fun has been lost. For DC fans only, though you know that this book will be pushed. [See Prepub Alert, LJ1/09; library marketing.]
—Stacey Rottiers

Kirkus Reviews
Caped Crusader meets Man of Steel in the early 1950s. Anderson (Paul of Dune, 2008, etc.) returns to the fertile playing field of comic-book heroes with an action-packed follow-up to The Last Days of Krypton (2007). In a story seemingly inspired by DC Comics' Elseworlds imprint, Batman and Superman first encounter each other in the tense early days of the Cold War, when communists and aliens seem equally threatening. Superman works in disguise as reporter Clark Kent at The Daily Planet while trying to come to terms with his new role as Earth's protector. In Gotham City, millionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne fosters a playboy image-cribbed, he claims, from Ian Fleming's new James Bond novels. As Batman, Wayne is highly suspicious of Superman and wonders what secrets are behind his mind-boggling powers. What draws them together is a sinister plot by Lex Luthor, who conspires with Russian general Anatoly Ceridov to launch an international nuclear conflict that will allow Luthor's corporation to sell his atmospheric-defense system to the Feds, integrating the evil genius' company into the burgeoning military-industrial complex. Anderson spins a rousing superhero epic that doesn't retread the heroes' origins, but instead cleverly uses its generational iconography, integrating Sputnik, Wernher Von Braun and Area 51 into the globetrotting plot, to say nothing of Luthor's death rays, chunks of Kryptonite and alien spacecraft. The book also makes good use of Lois Lane, Alfred Pennyworth, Jimmy Olsen and other supporting cast members. Positioning all the superpowered heroics squarely between the era's futuristic optimism and postwar paranoia, this is a refreshing diversion from the grimness of TheDark Knight or the tedious Superman Returns. Injects a welcome dose of retro exuberance into the capes-and-tights routine. Author appearances in Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, National Comic-Cons
“Anderson keeps us guessing throughout with cleverplot twists and some intriguing alternate cold war history.”
Los Angeles Times
“The X-Files is a true masterpiece. There’s no more challenging series on television, and as a bonus, it’s also brainy fun.”

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Enemies and Allies 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Sakmyster More than 1 year ago
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.
Greedo More than 1 year ago
Kevin really seems to understand what it is about Batman that makes him so cool. I love how the chapters are real short so we get to bounce around from the Batman storyline to the Superman one. Intriguing story. classic villain. Interesting era. Great action. I'd love to see Kevin write a story that's 100% about Batman. 4 stars.
BinkyBear143 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as a gift for a friend and he loved it
thia13 More than 1 year ago
Not just for teens, but all batman fans. Agree with many others - was wishing for more detail, because I read it so fast it ended before I wanted it to. it was a little strange at first, because I love superman, but he has to go into the "fantasy" place in my brain (being from another planet and all). Batman I have grown to love more as an adult, because he can be believed in as a human being without supernatural powers. So it took me a little while to let the 2 mindsets in my brain come to the same place. But also much like the characters in the book. I loved watching the relationship between batman and superman develop, both suspicious of each other at first and then coming to an understanding. The ending left me wanting to know more, and hopefully signifying the promise of a sequel.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Anderson has an excellent talent for making comic characters come to life with mere words as to give the reader the feeling you are watching a movie or at best looking at the rich artwork of a comic. This story covers the beginnings of both Superman and Batman who meet for the first time. The tale set in the fifties has a Superman character closer to the Superman Returns personality and Batman with a personality like he was portrayed in Batman Begins (the Dark Knight version). Lex Luthor is planning his usual world domination scheme using technology stolen from Wayne Enterprises. Luthor is more like the the mercilious Luthor portrayed by Kevin Spacey than the Gene Hackman version. He conspires with a Russian General in a plot that could launch a third world war. Lois Lane is the tough character that we remember Phyllis Coates as. She is also a swooner for Superman and is swept off her feet by the Man of Steel like the Lois Lane in the first Richard Donner film. Jimmy is an excitable teen who likes grade B scifi films and banana splits. Perry White is a tightwad with his wallet that only cares to report the news if the expenses of tracking it down are kept to a minimum. Alfred is the wise tough butler as portrayed by Michael Cain. The story moves at a very rapid pace and you finish the book before you know it hoping the story will never end. Anderson does have some references to his Last Days of Krypton novel and I hope that he continues to churn out some more comic related tales!
AnnaYork More than 1 year ago
Kevin J. Anderson's latest novel, Enemies and Allies, gives the reader a unique insight into the mind and world of millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, more infamously know in pop culture as "Batman" and a young reporter named Clark Kent, better known as "Superman". The meeting of the "The Dark Knight" and the "Man of Steel" takes place during the late 1950's when Senator Joe McCarthy had American citizens seeing Communists lurking behind every corner, and the "space race" with the Soviet Union was kicked into high gear at the launch of "Sputnik", the first man-made satellite placed into orbit. In a world turned upside down and seeing red in every dark corner, both Batman and Superman dedicate themselves to uncovering the dark secrets of LuthorCorp, competitor to Wayne Enterprises, ran by the dark, enigmatic Lex Luthor. While the world's eyes were on the heavens, the attention of Gotham City and Metropolis are focused on their own unique superheroes of Batman and Superman. Anderson never misses an opportunity to point out the contrasts between the two men through their intentions and origins, their methods and motivations. While both men believed in bringing criminals to justice and protecting the innocent, the two men lead extraordinarily different lives and their methods could not have been more dissimilar. The novel takes the reader from the dark shadows of Gotham City to the streets of Metropolis, to areas as different as the hopeless desolation of a Soviet Gulag in Siberia and the tropical terror of Luthor's Island in the Caribbean Sea. The paths of Batman and Superman parallel and cross as both men try to piece together who the true enemy is, who is an ally, and wonder if it is possible that the dark vigilante could work with the glorified hero. Senator McCarthy alleges that the Communists are the true enemy of the United States. The mysterious Lex Luthor claims Martians are the true enemy of the United States, and boasts that only LuthorCorp has the technology to meet the threat of the Martians. As Anderson carries us around the world on a mission to discover the true enemy, unexpected alliances are formed, new enemies are created, and we are offered a unique insight into the characters of two of pop culture's most beloved superheroes. The novel is well-written, the characters developed in-depth yet still retaining a breath of mystery, and is truly a work which fans old and new will enjoy. If you enjoyed this novel, please feel free to keep up on other works by Kevin J. Anderson by visiting the following sites: http://www.wordfire.com (Kevin's main site) http://www.wordfire.com/kjablog (Kevin's main blog) http://www.anderzoneshop.com (the place to buy signed books and other items from Kevin) http://www.myspace.com/kevinjanderson (Kevin's MySpace page) http://www.twitter.com/TheKJA (Kevin's Twitter feed) If you enjoyed this novel, please feel free to keep up on other works by Kevin J. Anderson by visiting the following sites:
eak321 More than 1 year ago
There are probably several different tales and versions of the first meeting between two of DC Comics' most famous superheroes. This is one of them. ENEMIES & ALLIES tells the story of the first meeting between Superman and Batman. Both have recently made their first public appearances and get involved with a scheme of world domination by Lex Luthor. The story takes place in the 1950s amid the Cold War and the scare of nuclear proliferation. The author, Kevin J. Anderson, does a great job of capturing this fear, as well as others (e.g., communism, alien invasions, nuclear war, etc.), throughout the book. He also captures the lifestyles, mood, and golly-gee-whiz dialogue of the 1950s. Most importantly, it's obvious he knows and loves the mythic legends of Superman and Batman. Reading Anderson's words makes you feel as if you're reading a Superman or Batman comic or watching a TV series from the 50s. Character development and dialogue are two of Anderson's and this novel's highlights and strengths. I loved reading the dialogue and interactions between Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El and Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Lex Luthor, Ma Kent, and Batman/Bruce Wayne; as well as the interactions (and flashbacks) between Batman/Bruce Wayne and his parents, Wayne Enterprises board members, Commissioner Gordon, and Alfred the Butler with his dry sense of humor. The weakness of the novel (and where I got a little bored) was when the action started about 3/4 of the way into the book. The story was no longer about the characters; it became about the action where any generic superhero could have been inserted. That's when it would have helped to have a comic book in front of me, so I could visualize the battle (BAM! ZAP! KAPOW!) and quickly get through those parts. I'm not saying that the storyline or action sequences weren't good, but I would have liked to have had continued personal interaction. Overall, I enjoyed reading a comic book in novel form, and Anderson did a great job with it. I'd recommend ENEMIES & ALLIES to comic book fans and would hope he'd write more tales down the road, possibly using some of Batman's villains next time as well or perhaps showing the boys' first meeting with Wonder Woman.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the 1950s, the Red Menace could be defined two ways: Communists or Martians. In that Cold War environs that could turn hot in a nanosecond, Clark Kent works as a reporter for the Daily Planet while patrolling the skies as his alter-ego Superman. He meets wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne when he interviews Gotham's finest for a feature article; Bruce uses a James Bond like image to hide his identity of crime fighting Caped Crusader Batman.-------------------- Soon after meeting one another as civilians, Superman encounters Batman when both are working on the same threat from within the country. Brilliant sociopath scientist Lex Luther has collaborated with Soviet General Anatoly Ceridov to take over the world by setting up a nuclear confrontation followed by his firm selling the counter defense, which will enable him to do what Ike would one day fear, control the military-industrial complex. -------------------- This is an over the top of Wayne Manor and the Daily Planet tale that is fun as Kevin J. Anderson cleverly brings 1950s symbols together including silver age superheroes struggling with a schizoid culture of post war optimism and cold war pessimism. The support cast is comic book thin even the icons like Alfred and Miss Lane while the two heroes travel the world to prevent Luther's scheme from succeeding. Silver Age fans especially will enjoy the seemingly zillionth "first" team up of Superman and Batman as they seem one step behind diabolically brilliant supervillain Lex.--------- Harriet Klausner Warbreaker
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Scotman55 More than 1 year ago
First Impressions: Enemies and Allies by Kevin J. Anderson is an interesting alternate history look, not only for Batman and Superman’s first meeting but also a new look at the USA of the 1950s, complete with the Cold War and banging shoes at the UN by a certain Russian (nope, not Khrushchev!). Anderson wrote Last Days of Krypton and then wrote E&A right afterwards, but E&A cannot really be considered a sequel. It stands on its own. I was impressed how he portrayed Batman as a brooding man who is prepared for anything and makes no assumptions. The “Dark Knight” aspect of Batman was not introduced until the 1980s or so, so to see this in the 1950s was surprising. (Comics history note: the 1950s Batman was fighting alien invaders and wearing rainbow colors with his sidekick Robin. No Robin in this alternate!). Superman has a few run-ins with Lois Lane as he tries to figure out the lovelorn column for the Daily Planet. Even with all his powers (he thinks), he cannot solve these troubling relationship problems. This part of the story is trying to humanize Clark Kent but it comes off as a page filler. Not a lot of character development here. Not even when we meet Ma Kent and Superman tells his mom his troubles – could have left this on the editing floor, Kevin! The crux of the story centers around Lex Luthor, a corporate magnate who has Wayne Enterprises’ directors in his pocket and collects all sorts of stolen data for his defense contracts. A kryptonite meteor is being mined by the Russians. It is interesting that this story shows Superman as new to Kryptonite and he weakens at the close proximity to the stuff. Will Batman use it as well? Neither Batman nor Superman trust each other but they help each other anyway with a common enemy afoot. Tossing nuclear missiles is the least of Superman’s worries! Bottom Line: Unfair criticism of Anderson by some reviews as far as character development is concerned but heck, it reads as a comic book and isn’t that the point? Mixing real corporate espionage with two iconic characters and then creating an alternate history with Luthor’s megalomania and secret Russian spies makes for some fun reading. It’s fast and fun, but probably only good enough to read once.
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