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Enemies & Allies

By Kevin J. Anderson

Enemies & Allies

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Started reading:
2009-06-16 13:47:37
Finished reading:
2009-06-17 09:28:56

Review

Rating: 5

A novel about comic book characters might seem a little odd, but there’s something about the time period (the Fifties in the middle of the Cold War) that seems to lend itself to this format. It’s interesting to compare this take on the interaction between Batman and Superman when they first meet with later interactions, though this has more the being the alpha to the omega of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Lex Luthor’s character and motivations are perhaps more in the vein of Oswald Cobblepot (who has a very brief cameo, though not as The Penguin) and seems a little shallow, but the parallels and exploration of the psyches of the two heroes is well-done and Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Alfred all have roles beyond being window-dressing. My biggest quibble is that the technology sometimes seems a little too advanced, even for superhero gadgets, given the time period of the story, but that’s nothing that gets in the way of the story.

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