Batman: The 1989 Movie Adaptation Deluxe Edition Hardcover – November 26, 2019
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About the Author
Jerry Ordway is a writer and artist whose work has spanned over three decades and every major comic book publisher. He is best known for his work on Superman, Action Comics, Wonder Woman, The Power of SHAZAM!, Crisis On Infinite Earths, and Infinite Crisis, amongst dozens of titles.
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Hardcover : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1779500505
- ISBN-13 : 978-1779500502
- Product Dimensions : 7.36 x 0.51 x 11.03 inches
- Publisher : DC Comics; Media tie-in Edition (November 26, 2019)
- Reading level : 12 - 17 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #309,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For the movie's 30th anniversary, a slightly larger sized hardcover edition of this classic special seemed like a brilliant idea for longtime comic collectors as well as those who weren't around to experience it for the first time. And while there's plenty to enjoy about this BATMAN 1989 Deluxe Edition, there's a few glaring problems with its execution that prevent it from reaching its full potential.
The first (and less crucial) fault is the paper stock used. DC has been moving toward this matte-finish paper as their standard for the last year or so. And while I don't see anything wrong with it being used for a standard paperback, I believe it takes something away from the Deluxe Editions. Especially this BATMAN special, which was originally printed on a thick, slightly glossy paper that made the art particularly striking. DC's Deluxe Editions could definitely benefit from this kind of paper being the standard (their Omnibus collections thankfully still seem to be sticking to it).
Secondly, and far more detrimental, is the strange choice to present Ordway's original inked art side by side with the book's colored and lettered art throughout the story. So for the entire book, the left page is a scan of the unfinished inked page, with the right side presenting the finished version of the exact same page. Artist-proofs can add to a comic experience without a doubt, but having the intended flow of the story disrupted like this is distracting, and not conducive to the reading experience.
Aside from these misfires, the hardcover is still a handsome edition, and Batman fans of all generations should be happy to have access to this memento of a golden age for Bat-fandom.
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I'm giving this review 2 stars because...
For some reason they have reprinted a black and white version on each opposing page throughout the entire comic. This completely ruins the flow of the entire book and has really disappointed. Why they didn't do the first half of the book colour and put the black and white version at the back is beyond me.
If this is likely to bother you as much as it did me, stick with the original 1989 comic. Copies are still available on the secondary market.