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The Batman Files Hardcover – October 11, 2016
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Batman’s status as a shadowy urban legend is explored through tabloid imagery, as well as rare security-camera stills.
Never-before-seen blueprints highlight the various gadgets and innovations employed by the Caped Crusader.
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On what day of the week were Bruce Wayne’s parents murdered? What color are Commissioner Gordon’s eyes? What are the salient characteristics of the Gotham architectural style? What are five aliases used by the Joker? If your readers care about the answers to these questions, this oversize resource belongs in your collection. Unlike The Batman Vault (2009) and The Essential Batman Encyclopedia (2008), which collect facts about a fictional character’s history, this handsomely designed and maniacally meticulous book is written as though it were the scrapbook and journal of the character himself. Featuring diary entries, police reports, newspaper clippings, and workout schedules, highlighted with sketches, blueprints, and illustrations from decades of comic-book history, Manning’s work covers every moment of this icon’s life from birth up to the moment of his recent reinvention in DC’s 52 event. While this is mainly the province of a rarefied crowd, even the uninitiated may enjoy dipping into the obsessively crafted fictional world, and placing The Batman Files in a display could help many browsers wile away a few diverting hours. Grades 8-12. --Jesse Karp --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It stays true to the modern era Batman continuity as set by DC comics starting with Frank Miller's "year one" all the way through to grant Morrison's run and epic finale with "Batman Inc." Long time fans will recognize pictures, drawings, etc reproduced from Batman graphic novels and comics. In fact the character files list prominent graphic novels and comic stories as "related case files". Long time fans will also recognize many other modern era Batman storylines. Matthew Manning takes all that history and gives it a unique twist and different point of view that a long time fan or newbie can enjoy!
Anybody who has seen and/or read other Batman books by Matthew Manning know his labor of love, attention to detail, accuracy and history.
I highly recommend this book! The one flaw is, like other reviewers have posted, is the dust jacket which just does not work with the scrapbook style of the hardcover.
Purchasing gifts always has an aura of mystery attached to it. In anticipation of my most recent
anniversary, my wife and I visited our local mall. We toured a number of shops with the idea
that I would get a new watch for my anniversary. Each store had an ample collection and I knew
the decision was going to be tough. After departing the fourth such store, as we were walking by
a tattoo parlor I quipped, "I know--how about I get a Batman tattoo for my anniversary?"
My wife's shocking response was, "Go for it." An hour later, I had the Bat symbol popularized
in the movie "Batman Begins" emblazoned on my right shoulder.
Without apology, I admit that I am the consummate collector of Batman paraphernalia.
Recently, the amazing work, "The Batman Files", found its way into my life. Anyone who
appreciates the mystique of The Dark Knight will love this book. And while I admit that readers
often say of good books, "I couldn't put it down," that was truly my experience. I poured over
the design and relished the high quality illustrations for a few hours after opening it.
I enjoy the fact that Matthew Manning is not attempting a novel history of Bruce Wayne's
becoming Batman. Instead the author attempts to synthesize the volumes of what has been
written about Batman into a plausible amalgamation. The result is a book that looks like the
personal journal of Bruce Wayne which captures the development of the Batman. [The cover is
amazing and gives the journal an almost secretive feel.] Its back story is believable, as well--
one day, the author receives a package in plain brown wrapping. In it, he discovers this journal
and understands its receipt implies that Bruce Wayne has died. Mr. Wayne wants to set the story
straight about who Batman was, and more importantly, make a full disclosure of his life.
Serious Batman aficionados will appreciate the lengths to which the author goes. He includes
personal photographs, hand-written entries from Bruce Wayne, and newspaper clippings
heralding the exploits of Batman. Additionally, many of Batman's villains are explored;
schematics of Batman weaponry are included; and an interesting lifespan of Dick Grayson, the
original Robin is provided. Bruce Wayne wants everyone to understand that Robin was no mere
sidekick; he even donned the Bat suit when it was appropriate for him to do so.
Such an encyclopedic reference is not meant to be fully appreciated in one sitting. Its content
will keep Batman collectors busy for quite a while.
This one is a must have for any Batman enthusiast.