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Superman Batman TP Vol 03 Absolute Power [Paperback]

Ivan Reis , Carlos Pacheco , Jeph Loeb
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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22 Nov 2006 Superman/Batman
Written by Jeph Loeb Art and cover by Carlos Pacheco & Jesus Merino A new softcover collecting the blockbuster story "Absolute Power," originally presented in SUPERMAN/BATMAN #14-18! In this reality-bending tale, Superman and Batman rule Earth with an iron fist. Before long, the World's Finest Duo is sent careening through a series of bizarre alternate earths, facing an assortment of classic DC characters including Kamandi, Sgt. Rock, Haunted Tank, and many more! Advance-solicited; on sale November 8 - 128 pg, FC, $12.99 US

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (22 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401207146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401207144
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 16.8 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 14 May 2013
By Penguin
Format:Paperback
I first came across this book in my local library, to be honest, I'd never read a DC comic before then and just went to town with the idea and hired about 16 DC comics, this was one of the few I borrowed and I loved it straight away.
I found this comic entertaining, a great 'what if' scenario setting Batman and Superman as the villains at the beginning of the book and switching back as heroes towards the end.
I love the dialogue in the 'narrator' boxes as they take up the narrating themselves, but both of them have a different view on what's happening-yet end up coming to a similar conclusion of thought.
Now, both are brought up and stated they felt like they were brothers, yet I couldn't help feeling that the bromance was VERY heavy, don't get me wrong, it does show them showing interest sexually with women, yet they are very protective of one another and communicate on a much better scale than what they ever did in the cartoons. I think it's nice that it's heavy, simply because you can see their relationship anyway you like. I can see both and it doesn't put me off one bit either way! It's a brilliant way for the reader to decide how they'd like to see their relationship.
The art in this is brilliant as well, the action scenes are wonderfully drawn, and although this may not be the greatest of the 'Worlds Finest' series, I definitely think it's a must-buy and worth the money, at the very least, it'll entertain you on a rainy afternoon :)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 8 Nov 2012
By C. Wade
Format:Paperback
There are some great pieces in this story. The start, especially, is fantastic. But, by the end, the story becomes a useless, non-sensical string of Deus Ex Machina. Characters do what would look best, not what would make sense and it all just works out because comics. There is a lot wrong with this story and I would honestly avoid it if I were you. It's a needless, poorly thought-out story made all the worse by how great it COULD have been.

The other stories in this collection like Public Enemies and Supergirl are fantastic and I highly recommend them. This was a bit of a dud.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely addictive 25 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
While this is not the best of the Superman/Batman graphic novels, it is also not the worst. The idea of a more oppressive, dicatator-like regime, run by Superman and Batman, is explored, using time-travel by three mysteries 'kings, queens and lords' as the reasoning.

Overall, worth a read just for the 'what-if?' plotline. Plus, it includes some nice cameos from various DC characters.
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  27 reviews
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Supes and Bats go evil 5 Aug 2005
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Absolute Power, the third storyarc from Jeph Loeb's run on Superman/Batman, finds the DC icons in a different light. Through a time traveling sabotage, Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne still grow up to become their respective alter-egos, but they take a far less heroic route, and become rulers of the world. It's interesting, seeing how things could have been different if Johnathan and Martha Kent didn't raise young Kal-El to believe in truth, justice, and the American way, and if someone would have been there to tell young Bruce Wayne that his parents' death wasn't his fault. In this alternate world, we see other DC icons, including Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, and even Uncle Sam, face off against Superman and Batman, and the surprisingly grisly deaths that Loeb and artist Carlos Pacheco orchestrate are reason enough to check Public Enemies out. There's even cameos from Jonah Hex and a final battle with Ra's Al Ghul, and luckily this arc ends before it's premise wears even thinner. All in all, if you enjoyed Loeb's two previous volumes, this is worth checking out as well.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Art, Great Story 7 Sep 2005
By B. Cato - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the third hardcover edition of the "Batman/Superman" series and I must say that I am not disappointed. It's a great cautionary tale of "What If Supes and Bats ruled the world?" What would the world be like if the Justice League or any other hero were not around to oppose them?

In a word: SCARY!! Especially when they've been influenced by "parents" from the future who teach them values like "Obey or Die" and "Be brutal and swift in taking your revenge".

The story reveals that some heros are still around to form a resistance and rise up against Supes and Bats. The conflict sends them hurling through time and various realities with the goal of setting things to "The way things ought to be".

Supes and Bats finally get to the reaity where they are supposed to be; where all the heroes are alive and well; but the price they pay is that they remember everything they've done (including all of the heroes they've killed throughout time).

Great Story. Excellent Art. Looking forward to the next edition.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Volume Three May Not Be The Charm..., But It's Still Good. 22 Oct 2006
By Lana Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The bad news is that this is not as good as volumes one and two of the Superman/Batman series. There is a considerable dropoff here from what came before it.

The good news is that this is still a really good read. It's darker than the "Public Enemies" or "Supergirl" storylines due to the theme, but not drab or dreary by any means.

The chemistry between Clark and Bruce is still there in Loeb's writing. The premise here makes for some confusing moments, but nothing too weird.

The art is better than just good, though not outright great.

Overall, this is still better than most trade paperbacks out there by a long shot. Like volumes one and two, this is fun, fast-paced, and easy to read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Good 29 Dec 2005
By Sulaiman P. Yahaya - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I cant say that i care much for the art in this third book, but i totally dig the story. It is engaging , while at the same time filled with mystery and jaw dropping scenes. Overall, i like this book for the story, but feel that the art should have been done by Michael Turner, no offense to the current artist. I am looking forward to the next book with a new artist.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the first two! 10 Oct 2006
By Raymond M. Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Jeph Loeb is hit or miss for me. Usually, his stuff is either great or just competent. The competent stuff is good, but it's nothing that sticks with me days or even months later. It doesn't bounce around in my head like Watchmen or Return of the Dark Night or Runaways. It's just good.

The first two story arcs in this series were competent. Having Superman/Batman stories is a cool idea and the dueling narrative can be interesting. Sometimes it can be overly repetitive and even distracting from the rest of the story. But sometimes it's dead on. The first story arc, Public Enemies, was solid. Fun at times, a little contrived at others. A good superhero story. The second story arc, Supergirl, was better. I can't tell if that's because of Turner's artwork (God can that boy draw women) or Superman's whole off-balance and anger that made this a better story arc. Maybe both.

But the third story arc, Absolute Power, was the best of them all. To see Batman and Superman as duel-rulers of the world was very cool. Taking down fellow heroes, even cooler. I really liked how when things went to hell, the changes in timeline made things even better! And then we get to Batman and his parents... that was great!

This was a well-done story arc and a collection that has been sticking around with me for the past couple of days. I like the idea of a hero who knows the love of his parents when he's 20 even though they were murdered in front of him when he was 10. I think that it makes for very interesting characters. And this collection made for a very great read!
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