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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2000
Definitely an intriguing premise; an Elseworld that presents three generations of heroes each modelled on the Batman and the Superman of the decade in question (if you follow that; if not, the 30's ones are all grim avengers, the 50's fight goofy monsters, you get the picture). The concept is compelling and Byrne's style adapts nicely to each era whilst maintaining suspence (albeit in a slightly soap-opera fashion) but some of the later sections drag a little, especially the 1980's...but I was never a fan of most '80's comics anyway. Overall, definitely worth a read. And I haven't even mentioned the sterling artwork, particularly that of the 1930's sequences. Could have done with more Joker though; her's the only character who isn't handled in enough detail.
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on 31 July 2014
I wasn't too sure what to expect from this. I really do like my books to be part of the official chronology but don't mind a bit of fun outside that, though at first glance I thought this might be cheesey. Boy, did I have the wrong idea there! Quite impressed actually. This takes Batman and Superman as they meet over the years from 1929 to 2919, though the main time frame is set every ten years from 1939 to 1999. This is set within an "Elseworlds" where time passes normally for our heroes and they age, get married, have children, grandchildren, etc. I especially enjoyed the 30s and 40s stories which were fantastically written and illustrated true to genuine comics from that time period but with more emphasis on character and a continuing plot. As time passes each story's art style reflects that era's. As I said I was quite impressed with the story and was not expecting such an emotional, well-written plot. This centres on Bruce and Clark's characters along with their alter ego's giving us a rare glimpse inside these two that isn't just heavily filled with brooding but with a real empathy full of pathos and joy. We meet up with the descendents of these two superheroes, some of which have dropped out of canon, such as Commissioner Gordon's son "Anthony Gordon", Superman's son "Joel Kent" and Batman's son "Bruce Wayne, Jr.". Plus we get guest appearances by Ultra-Humanite, Brainiac, Joker, Lex Luthor, Supergirl, various Robins, Nightwing and others. But the story always focuses on Batman & Superman and that is what holds this all together, what makes it work and frankly this is especially good for an "imaginary tale".
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This is one of the Elseworld series, where heroes have been taken from their normal storylines and put into strange plotlines and scenarios. This particular volume concerns probably the two greatest heroes of the DC universe: Superman and Batman.
This graphic novel takes place over a long period of time - from 1939 to 2919!It shows the initial meeting of Superman and Batman at the World Fair at the very beginning, and takes us on a roller-coaster journey into the futre. The collection weaves some well-known characters into the plot from the lives of the two main protaganists, such as Lex Luthor,Dick Grayson (the first Robin) the Joker, Ra's Al Ghul, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen to name a few. Also appearing are the sons and daughters of Superman and Batman, which makes for an interesting time.
The style changes in the collection depending on what period the authors are covering, so that in the Thirties episode the encounters are quite basic, and the style is very austere. Moving through into the seventies and eighties sees more changes, and the style moves on to reflect the period much more. How Batman and Superman are drawn is very different from how they started out. And in the future, the authors have let their imagination go to show how they think Batman and Superman would turn out.
But is this any good? Well, it is not my favourite Batman/Superman team-up ever. I preferred World's Finest to this, by quite a long way. This has some faults in it, which can't be easily swept aside. The idea is good, but ultimately, the graphic novel can't handle such a huge period of time properly. Some of the storylines are a bit weak, or rushed through in order to get to the next timeline. An example of this is the Joker storyline - The Joker has always been Batman's main nemesis, and yet he doesn't get enough time on the page to really make an impact.And i have to say i wasn't a huge fan of the children's storylines either...
In my opinion there is too much going on, with not enough depth to each chapter, and although there are some strands that carry on through the book there isn't enough intelligent continuity to make this collection stand head and shoulders above anything else out there.
The good points though are the ideas. The ideas themselves are good, and you would really like to see them developed a little bit more than they are. The artwork is not amazing, but then this is never meant to come close to Kingdom Come by Alex Ross, but it is certainy functional and reflective of the periods in the heroes lives.
All in all though, this isn;t the best graphic novel you will ever read. There are many more collections out there that are better than this for both characters. But this is an interesting diversion from the mainstream titles that Batman and Superan appear in. It is fun whilst it lasts, but i would spend my money on World's Finest rather than this (but then if you are collector, you would end up getting this too!).
My favourite piece is the Dick Grayson sub-plot.......watch out for that!

It is not dreadful, but it isn't great either..........
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on 28 September 2013
Tells the story of batman and superman's adventures over the course of the 20th century and beyond.
Showing their adventures with giant robots,luthor teaming up with the joker etc.
despite some corny plot lines the dark undercurrent runs through the book of the real world intruding into their superhero world.Nixon's corruption ,brutal Vietnam , cold war Siberian gulags,real deaths and decades of grieving.
The scale of the story is truly epic ,as we close out in the year 2019 a bored bruce and clarke prepare to take justice to other galaxies.reasoning that theres still plenty of ways out there to get into trouble.

A true classic
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on 23 August 2000
Good without ever quite being great, this is a fascinating alternative take on Superman and Batman's legacies. The art ranges from pretty solid to pretty good and the story is gripping enough, so this is solidly a pretty good buy.
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on 13 April 2000
This a very good book, but it is not the same as Superman and Batman as we know them.Some parts are very emotional but excellent.If you love superman and batman you should get this amazing book or your life will be incomplete!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2002
I enjoyed this "Elsworlds" title a lot more than some of the others. It was interesting to see the way they played around with the characters and it's one of the few that is actually based on this earth in the present time.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2000
I enjoyed this series of "imaginary stories" based on the alternative history of Superman and Batman from the 1930s to the 1990s and beyond. It was forty years ago that the present writer discovered Superman and DC Comics and was inspired to begin his own career as a super-hero, spending many happy hours saving planets, righting wrongs and leaping off my parents' coal box in a flowing red cape! So it was good to re-visit the various decades of the Man of Steel and Dark Knight of Gotham City and, in particular, to meet again some of the leading themes and characters that have appeared in the magazines over the years. As one legend to another, I am happy to salute Superman and Batman now. Yours in crime busting, Mighty-Man.
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