Superman/Batman, Vol. 5: Enemies Among Us
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Comics' most iconic characters join forces in this fantasticnew hardcover collection written by Smallville writer/ Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica) and illustrated by Ethan Van Sciver, the artist of hit series of 2007, GREEN LANTERN: SINESTRO CORPS WAR.
The JLA's Martian Manhunter attacks Batman! The villainous Parasite and Titano return! Superman's allegiances this story involving many of DC's greatest alien heroes, including members of the Green Lantern Corps.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #58931 in Books
- Published on: 2009-03-31
- Released on: 2009-03-31
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .30" h x 6.72" w x 10.08" l, .57 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 160 pages
- ISBN13: 9781401212438
- Condition: New
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About the Author
Mark Verheiden is a screen-writer who has written for Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, and produced the screenplays for The Mask and Time Cop. His comics writing includes stories for Superman, Aliens and Predator. Ethan Van Sciver is a relative newcomer to comics but has already worked on such titles as Green Lantern, New X-Men and The Flash. He also pencilled the Batman/Catwoman: Trail of the Gun mini-series.
Great Writing - Great Art - Great Comic!
I've made my way through all of the Superman/Batman volumes, and this is one of the best - definitely way better than Vol 4. I am partial to this style of penciling and color, and I think the detail in each panel tells the story perfectly. I especially like the ending. Some may think it's cheesy, but I think it wraps up all of the loose ends and stays within believability of the characters. My advice....keep up with this great series (and skip Vol 4 - you won't miss anything).
Batman and Superman are basically being attacked by some alien being who apparently wants to wipe out humanity(of course!); they initially think it's the Martian Manhunter. However, they become perplexed as the alien seems to take on different/older forms of various heroes and villians they have faced in the past.
This is a pretty good Superman/Batman story. The art is good (although the last chapter is done by different artist than the rest and that threw me off a bit, ironically though I like the inks in that chapter the best). Yes, the ending is a little cheesy, along the lines of "If we just believe and hope..it'll be OK, pal!". There are some good action scenes but no major climatic battle, really. BUT it's still a nice little story. Alfred is narrating in this one and I liked that. The focus in this story is a bit more on Batman, which was fine with me. The little homage to old-school characters was interesting and fun to see.
So Much Potential to Further Expand
Wow. This was one crazy ride that the author and artist had for our beloved heroes. The story was constantly moving with a "who dun it" feel more so then many other detective stories. It featured plenty of silver age references and characters so much that the after-word by the author talks about his love for that era of comics. Very enjoyable overall and did not require a significant amount of silverage knowledge from comic fans. My only concern was that there was SO many more places that they could have expanded on in this story. So many angles. So many characters. So many threats. They would just tie up something so quickly in a page or two with a very simple explanation and then keep moving to the next issues at hand. This is what I would consider a positive criticism because it reflects how well the writer kept me entertained while increasing my desire to learn more. Highly recommended.