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A graphic novel by Jeph Loeb, collecting Superman/Batman issues 8-13

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Making the characters more human and doglike is a welcome change after years of stagnation

  • Jan 19, 2011
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 In my youth, I was a voracious reader of superhero comic books, both the DC and Marvel lines. At the time, I had a preference for the Marvel group because the characters were more imaginative and acted a bit more human. The DC heroes were stiff in both behavior and dialog, while the Marvel heroes were portrayed very much like humans that happened to be powerful.
 The people at DC have finally seen the light and made their heroes a lot more human and that is very clear in this excellent story. Bruce Wayne/Batman is a morose cynic, still an excellent crime fighter yet haunted by his past and not too many bat-steps from the point of insanity. Superman/Clark is an overprotective relative that refuses to engage in the proper degree of skepticism when a rocket capsule lands with the inscription that it contains his cousin Kara Zor-El. The girl inside is very much a teenager, right down to her thong underwear that is prominently displayed above her pants. She is fundamentally uncertain, yet determined to be independent.
 There are powerful villains determined to take advantage of the situation and the subsequent battles put the friendship and loyalty of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman through a great deal of strain. The battles are titanic in scope and energy as the three heroes work to defeat the forces of Darkseid as they attempt to co-opt Kara Zor-El into their evil legions.
 This is a great story, full of emotional undercurrents covering a wide spectrum of emotions. In many ways one of the most refreshing changes is the depiction of the super dog Krypto. The dog was one of my least favorite characters in the earlier Superman comics for all it did was go “yip yip” and never really acted like a real dog. In this story, Krypto is a true watchdog that growls and doesn’t like anybody 

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  • Superman/Batman, vol. 2: Supergirl - Collects #8-13. "Batman has discovered something strange on the bottom of Gotham Bay which leads him to a mysterious and powerful teenaged girl who's bent on destroying Gotham City!
  • What's her connection to Superman? Why does Wonder Woman want to hide her from the outside world? Will Darkseid succeed in recruiting her into doing his bidding?" - WorldCat - ISBN 1401203477
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