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Enemies & Allies is a superhero novel by Kevin J. Anderson, where Batman meets Superman in the late Fifties, at the height of the Cold War. Batman is doing his usual thing in Gotham City, but discounts reports that the "Superman" of Metropolis is an alien from outer space. Imagine his surprise when, in the course of a late-night raid on Lex Luthor's mansion, he runs smack-dab into the Man of Steel. Their relationship is a bit rocky at first, but when Superman runs into trouble he can't handle by himself, the Dark Knight is the one to rescue him.


Enemies And Allies contains example of:

  • Action Girl: Lois Lane.
  • Alien Invasion: Subverted. The "alien spacecraft" were made by LutherCorp, in order to drum up business and show off his Death Raynote .
  • Alternate Continuity
  • Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: When Superman reveals that he knows Batman's secret identity, Batman promptly returns the favor.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: "Superman" is alien? Don't be ridiculous.note 
  • Artistic License – History: A note from the author at the end admits that he took a few liberties on the Cold War.
  • Batman Gambit: Bruce Wayne deliberately altered the stolen Wayne Enterprises parts for the Death Ray, so he could catch Luthor in the act.
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  • Big Bad: Lex Luthor, naturally.
  • Body Horror: The mutants the Russians send after Batman and Superman, while they are escaping from the Gulag.
  • Cold War: The setting for this story.
  • The Cameo: At one point, Bruce Wayne hosts a charity ball as a ploy to obtain fingerprints on Gotham's more suspicious elites. At the party are Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin and Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
  • Cool Plane: The "Batplane", which gets Batman into—and out of—the Soviet Union. It includes stealth, supersonic speed, V/STOL (Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing) capabilities and a motorcycle.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Batman.
  • Engineered Heroics: The crux of Luthor's schemes; he wants to create a disaster he can save the world from with his inventions. When Superman and Batman unwittingly foil his first attempt with a nuclear missile, he goes the fake alien invasion route.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Lex Luthor's reaction to being sentenced to death in the electric chair...which was designed and built by LuthorCorp. Subverted as he was mentally finishing his plan to escape.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Superman.
  • The Gulag: Where Superman gets captured and imprisoned.
  • I Know Your True Name: Superman and Batman do this at the end — not to intimidate, but to show that they can trust each other.
  • Mythology Gag: Various coming from both Batman and Superman's collective history.
  • Not So Different: When he learns the circumstances which brought Superman to Earth, Batman develops a connection to his fellow orphan.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: In-universe example, while watching a sci-fi movie with Jimmy Olsen, Clark Kent realizes that Hollywood's depiction of aliens is part of the reason why nobody believes Superman's claims of being one — he looks too much like a human, as opposed to the bug-eyed, tentacled monsters of the big screen.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Batman leans heavily into this, with Bruce Wayne appearing to be a playboy with no interest or ability to run Wayne Enterprises.
    • Hoist by Their Own Petard: Unfortunately, it works against him when Bruce is unable to get one of his executives to confide in him.
  • Spanner in the Works: Batman had no idea what Lex Luthor was going to do with the stolen Wayne Enterprises parts, but decided to trick Luthor into taking some sabotaged machines to trip him up. As a result, Luthor's Death Ray doesn't work at first.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Lex Luthor.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Batman and Superman.


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