Movies Books Music Food Tv Shows Technology Politics Video Games Parenting Fashion Green Living more >

Lunch » Tags » Books » Reviews » Enemies & Allies: A Novel » User review

Enemies & Allies: A Novel

A book by Kevin J. Anderson

< read all 5 reviews

A bland superhero story

  • May 13, 2009
  • by
A novel of Superman and Batman's first meeting, set in the late 1950's. Superman and Batman have both recently revealed themselves to the world. Superman is seen as a hero, while Batman is a wanted criminal in Gotham City. The two of them meet as they both become aware of the  plotting of Lex Luthor and a Soviet general to take over the world through a variety of schemes starting with the accidental launch of some Soviet missiles.
I was not impressed with this book. The 1950's setting for the origin of these characters was interesting, but that was about it. The first third of the book is largely taken up with repeating the basic backstory of the characters that almost anyone would already know by now and doesn't really add anything new to those. The writing is very basic and feels more like a YA book. None of the characters seemed to come alive, especially the supporting ones such as Lois Lane and Jimmy Olson who are just one-dimensional place holders. The simple, flat writing is not enough to make up for the visual aspect that is present in superhero comics or movies and I could just never get involved in the story. I don't see the purpose in writing a text novel about the characters if it is not going to be used to develop a deeper story than is found in the movies or graphic novels.

What did you think of this review?

Fun to Read
Post a Comment
June 17, 2009
Nice Review Steve!  I am actually a big fan of Kevin J. Anderson so I'm surprised this book wasn't all that great so thanks for the warning.  Besides the 1950's setting, was there anything else you did like about the book?  Also if you are a Batman fan, we have some great reviews on Lunch about The Dark Knight.  Can't wait to read more of your reviews!
More Enemies & Allies: A Novel reviews
review by . July 29, 2009
   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).    …
review by . May 07, 2009
I'm not a comic book reader (yet) but Batman has always been one of my favorite heroes, which is why I decided to try this book. The Adam West TV show was before my time but, as a child, I enjoyed watching the re-runs. I've also enjoyed the various Batman movies & cartoons. My favorite rendition of the character is in Batman: The Animated Series.     I was afraid that the character that I had come to care so much about would not be portrayed well in a new medium. I was not …
review by . April 06, 2009
Anderson, Kevin J. "Enemies and Allies", William Morrow, 2009.    Batman and Superman Meet    Amos Lassen    "Enemies and Allies" brings the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight together at their first meeting. While America and the Soviet Union are in the process of building their atomic arsenals, an alliance is formed between two extraordinary heroes--Superman and Batman. The alliance is uneasy and the two super-heroes must overcome their …
review by . March 29, 2009
Batman and Superman really haven't much in common, especially the "darker" version of Batman. They both operate in very different ways, one has powers while the other doesn't, etc. But comic creators for ages have felt the need to bring the two together. When it works, it works quite well.      "Enemies and Allies" is an example of that. The book is set shortly after the launch of Sputnik, and centers around a nefarious plan by Lex Luthor (shock and surprise), who is …
About the reviewer
Steve Dobie ()
Ranked #627
Member Since: May 13, 2009
Last Login: Oct 20, 2011 05:26 PM UTC
Consider the Source

Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.

Your ratings:
rate more to improve this
About this book


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.

About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Dune prequels (coauthored with Brian Herbert), and has carved an indisputable niche with ...

view wiki


ISBN-10: 0061662550 (hbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780061662553 (hbk.)
Author: Kevin J. Anderson
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: William Morrow
First to Review

"World's Finest!"
© 2015 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since