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The Batman Handbook 02/18/11
One of the huge temptations in life is the Friends of the Library bookstore. A severe lack of shelf space and more importantly, money, has forced me to curb my old buying habits. So I get only the rare gem, maybe one book every couple of months. One of those gems is The Batman Handbook by Scott Beatty.
The book is printed in blue, gray, black and yellow and stands out from the average book. It really is what it says, a handbook for anyone who wants to be Batman. There are sections on equipment, vehicles, suits, fighting techniques and so forth.
Along with the instructions are lots and lots of illustrations. It has the look of a graphic novel or graphic memoir but it's something else. It's a parody, a discussion of the DC Canon, insights into Batman's personality and the different Robins he's worked with.
The book was a delightful read and something that my husband, son and I all enjoyed. I'm sure we'll be re-reading it.
Comment #1: Saturday, February, 19, 2011 at 11:34:01
This one looks intriguing. I think I will try to check it out. Amazed that you are still publishing reviews almost every day. I kind of burned out on it after awhile.
Comment #2: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 23:17:13
The Batman Handbook is a lot of fun. I'm still posting a review each and every day. I write the reviews ahead of time so on days when I don't have the time or just don't want to write a review, I still have something to post. I currently have two months of reviews "in the can".
Comment #3: Saturday, February, 19, 2011 at 15:20:10
This is so cool. I'm a big fan of comics (I abondened the weekly issues for the graphic novels because, honestly, I cannot follow the storylines on a week by week base) and I'm sure I'd love this book.
Even though Superman could kick Batman's butt... LOL
Comment #4: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 23:17:13
That's why Batman carries kryptonite with him. And yes, that's in the handbook too.
I'm like you; I wait for the graphic novels. I just don't have the time or patience to collect weekly issues.
Comment #5: Saturday, February, 19, 2011 at 18:42:23
AH I need this oh my gosh :D
Comment #6: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 23:25:48
Yes you do! Happy reading.