- Gebundene Ausgabe: 308 Seiten
- Verlag: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Auflage: 01 (25. Oktober 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1449408222
- ISBN-13: 978-1449408220
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 26,4 x 4,1 x 34 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 375.913 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Batman Files (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 25. Oktober 2011
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“It will make any comic book enthusiast in your home, little or otherwise, positively batty.” (People magazine)
“This is the ultimate gift item for the inveterate Batman fan.” (Martin Brady, BookPage)
“The truly spectacular Batman Files coffee-table giant qualifies as the ultimate treasure trove of this incomparable superhero.” (The Denver Post)
“…the book contains a lot of fun little bits that hardcore Bat-fanatics should get a kick out of..." (Joey Esposito, IGN.com)
"...destined to be the must-have gift for every avid Batman fan and collector.” (Malcom Reynolds, ComicBookMovie.com)
"…highlights the first 50 issues of Batman’s existence, as well as loads of extras, including weapons schematics, maps, newspaper clippings, and—of particular interest—Bruce Wayne’s training regimen.” (Sam DeHority, Men's Fitness)
“What’s inside this book is…really unbelievable. It’s gorgeously illustrated.” (Tony Guerrero, Comic Vine)
"The author has put a great amount of detail making each piece that hasn't appeared anywhere else feel true to the comics." (Intruder, ComicBookMovie.com)
"'The Batman Files' makes an incredible gift for the serious fan of the Caped Crusader." (Joseph Szadkowski, Washington Times) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Matthew K. Manning is a comic book writer, historian, and fan. Over the course of his career, he's written comics or books starring Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Wolverine, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Legion of Super-Heroes, the Justice League, and even Bugs Bunny. Some of his more recent works include DK Publishing's DC Comics Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle and Running Press's The Batman Vault. He is currently writing a six-issue miniseries for DC Comics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Dorothy, and his daughter, Lillian. Visit his web site at www.matthewkmanning.com.
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We find his journal-entries, excerpts of other people's diaries, case-files of the GCPD, patient-files of the Arkham Asylum and clippings from newspapers. All this in a very big format, annotated by the Dark Knight himself and on very high quality-paper that makes the carrying around of the volume an exercise for the lower arms and the wrists. This book is heavy. And very well made. The binding is superb, the print is high-quality and the page-corners are blackened, so that on first turning each page one has a soft tearing of hardened paint in the ears. This sensual experience alone makes up some of the price (and the other quality-aspects the rest. Then comes the content). The cover is soft and looks quite expensive and the flap of the file is secured by a magnet, which connects with a satisfying sound. All in all very nice craftmanship.
Inside we find the story of the Batman from his own perspective and in it we find a man who isn't as sure of himself as he likes to make his surroundings belkieve most of the time. And the story of a man who has been alone in his mission for a very long time because he had difficulties to connect to other people - even to those who gave him everything they had. So we find quite a bit of self-criticism here, which is interesting in itself.
It's over 80 years that Robert Kane brought the first Batman-story to paper and the character changed a lot over the decades. In the writing and the artwork, we can see some of this development.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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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.
What this book isn't,
-A collection of diagrams and blueprints.
-An encyclopedia of Batman.
-A fluffy piece of cash in merchandise.
What this book is,
-An amazing timeline of the Batman.
-It is essentially Bruce Wayne's journal.
-A lovingly crafted collectors piece.
-A tribute to both a comic icon and the millions of people that are fans.
This is no doubt the most impressive Batman book outside of the comics, it is a journal and scrapbook of Bruce Wayne's thoughts, method, enemies, friends and gadgets. It is a super dense book that will eat up hours of time for Batman fans. It absolutely deserves a place next to such collections as my leather edition of The Complete Frank Miller batman, any of my Absolute Batman collections, The Killing Joke...basically any Batman book, regardless. I can't say how someone who is either not a fan or people who just like to occasionally dabble in the comics will enjoy this, at a price tag somewhere between 50 to 100 dollars, it's in the realm of fans and collectors.
As for the the physical book, it's beautiful. A magnetic clasp keeps the faux leather book closed and secure, the only marking on the book is a silver bat symbol, nothing else, even the binding is blank, very nice!! The pages are beautifully drawn pictures, news clipping and intel files, sketches and diagrams as well as some blueprints. The content range is amazing, from obscure enemies to Bruce Wayne's workout schedule (20 mile runs at a 4:50 mile pace that he wants to get down to a 4:20!!!!).
In closing this is the world of Batman seen through his own eyes, a truly incredible piece of comic history that should not be passed up among fans.