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The Batman Handbook: The Ultimate Training Manual Paperback – February 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594740232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594740237
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott Beatty is the author of Batman: The Ultimate Guide to the Dark Knight and volumes devoted to Catwoman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the JLA. He is the co-author of the critically acclaimed Batgirl: Year One and other graphic novels. He lives in Pennsy

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A fun, well written book that Batman fans will enjoy.
DonV
This book really lets you feel like you really could be the Dark Knight himself while still putting funny stuff in there to remind you it is fiction.
S. A. Martin-Nunez
A birthday gift for a 12 year old Batman fan, who has enjoyed it immensely.
Bill C

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Guy L. Gonzalez on June 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Scott Beatty's The Batman Handbook: The Ultimate Training Manual, opens with the following disclaimer:

"Attempting to exact vigilante-style justice is illegal, no matter what the situation. Even Batman himself, if he really existed, would be subject to prosecution, despite his close relationship with Commissioner Gordon... We urge you to obey all laws and respect all rights, including the property rights of others -- even the criminally insane."

DC's lawyers not only know their audience, they also have a sense of humor, something that's fully on display in Beatty's entertaining How To guide. Broken down into five chapters - The Basics, Bat Skills, Fighting Skills, Detective Skills and Escape Skills - Beatty offers up a realistic look at the caped crusader's methods and gadgets, along with a heaping helping of pure fanboy snark. Important information like how to make a Batsuit, how to drive the Batmobile on two wheels, and how to take out a roomful of goons is all presented in relatively straight-forward fashion, with real-world examples and common sense explanations, and frequently cut with wry observations such as: "Camouflage can save your life. Only a virtually invulnerable hero who operates in the daytime would wear bright blue, red and yellow."

Formatted like an actual training manual, it's very similar in tone to the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, an oft-hilarious guide to surviving such potential disasters as escaping from quicksand or performing a tracheotomy. Besides explaining which martial arts are best to master and how to withstand poison kisses, The Batman Handbook is also rich in references to Batman history, making it a double treat for the fanboys and girls.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Donal J. Bassett on April 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you like Batman, chances are at one time in your life you have thought about what it would be like to be involved in his line of work. Therefore, this book is for all Batman fans! I'd say it was a quick read, because I read the whole thing the day I got it, but seriously I was not keeping track of the time because I was so engaged in the book! A nice mix of fact and fun, it convinced me I could be Batman! Cool diagrams, insights into the character of Batman as well as his training, tactics, and abilities. I loved this thing and would recommend it to any comic reader.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By FateJacketX on October 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
I love this book. How wild is it that somebody out there came up with the genius idea of teaching us how to be Batman? The Caped Crusader! The leader of the Dynamic Duo! The Dark Knight! Half of World's Finest! The reluctant member of the Justice League!

You get the idea.

How ideal. Bruce Wayne being what Marx would consider a "normal human being," left a magnificent gateway wide open for all of us losers. Sitting around in your underwear all day, unemployed and fat? If you apply yourself, you can be Batman. Getting bullied around by your boss and wife and overbearing friends? Work hard and you too can be Batman. Getting smacked around by sissies smaller than you while women point and laugh? Get your self-respect back by being Batman! This book, written as believably and precisely as possible, does indeed give you everything you could possibly need and more in your quest to stop being the town clown and become the feared vigilante Bob Kane invented you to be....Batman!

It analyzes exactly what you would need and need to do to fashion your own batcave. This book tells you what to put in your utility belt and where to get one. It coaches you on the specifics of training a sidekick and contributing to juvenlie deliquence. You will find out exactly what are the best and most important martial art forms for you to learn in a ten year span and why. Get a cool car! Make your outfit something to be feared! Become an expert detective! Dude...BE BATMAN!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Low Profile on March 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
Entertaining and well-researched, this manual is an enjoyable read for any one who ever fantasized being Batman as a kid. Written in an easy to understand, how-to format, it comes aross as being a book the caped crusader would give to one of his proteges. I agree with another reviewer about the disclaimer for parents. In fact, any parent should have a talk with their kid about not trying the things in that book, especially the jumping out of a tall building stunt. I had great fun reading through this, though, and was impressed with the amount of illustrations and technical terms. Well done!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Martin-Nunez on June 28, 2005
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Batman was always my favorite superhero. He was dark, grity, and much more real than any other superhero out there. He was never gifted with powers... He was self made.

This book really lets you feel like you really could be the Dark Knight himself while still putting funny stuff in there to remind you it is fiction.

I gave this five stars because I think it deserves it but I think that the book would have been longer and better if they had gone into more detail. It wasn't so much a training guide as it was a book of ideas and hints on how to do these things. I would have loved to see more of the science behind the fiction, so to speak.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eric A. Oertell on May 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
First off I have to say I am the ultimate Batman fan, even have a batman tattoo. This book is very similar to those survival guides and how-to books. And as I read this I wound myself laughing out loud. It is written to the effect that you could do these things and afford to do them. i.e. go train with ninjas. Not only was I laughing at the book but also laughing at myself. Even if you don't a have batman tattoo you will still enjoy it if you like other superheroes.
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