REVIEW: The Essential Batman Encyclopedia Jul 30, 2008 14:27:53 GMT -5
Post by /\/\att on Jul 30, 2008 14:27:53 GMT -5
The Essential Batman Encyclopedia
By Robert Greenberger
Bob was not only the senior editor at Dc Comics for many a year, but he also contributed to the DC Comics Encyclopedia and has a reputation as a researched and historian.
The ultimate guide to the man behind the mask . . . and the mythology behind the man.
“Criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot. So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible. . . . I shall become a bat!” So declared millionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne, orphaned as a boy by a murderous thug and driven as a man to battle the scourge of crime by becoming Batman. Batman swooped into popular culture in 1939–and for nearly seventy years has thrilled audiences in countless comics, live-action and animated television programs, and seven feature films. Prowling the darkened rooftops of Gotham City, roaring through the teeming streets in the sleek, high-powered Batmobile, and leaping into action when the iconic Bat-Signal pierces the night sky, the Caped Crusader is a larger-than-life legend. And now, for the first time in more than thirty years, everything there is to know about Batman–from the beginning to the present, and from A to Z–is collected in one comprehensive new sourcebook. More than 500 pages of entries and illustrations include:
• fascinating details and the complete background on Batman’s origins
• biographies of every major character in the Batman universe–including his closest allies, from Robin the Boy Wonder and faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth to Commissioner Gordon; and his countless enemies, from the Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, and the Riddler to Scarecrow, Two-Face, Ra’s al Ghul and Poison Ivy
• classic black-and-white comic book artwork throughout
• two sixteen-page full-color artwork inserts
Even an all-access pass to the Batcave couldn’t rival former DC Comics editor and Batman scholar extraordinaire Robert Greenberger’s exhaustive ultimate archive. The Essential Batman Encyclopedia is a must for every Batman fan’s bookshelf.
I'm going to preface this review by saying that whenever a book says "official", "essential" or "authority" I recommend that you, as a rule, run for the hills. Thats almost certainly a sign that the title is actually geared towards a broad and simplified fanbase. Its very difficult to compress over 70 years of history into one book! I didn't think it could be done. I was wrong.
The Essential Batman Encyclopedia is just that...absolutely essential. This book encompasses a vast array of knowlege about the various characters that have touched the world of Batman. The author actually manages to make several connections and tie-ins between the various characters, so that you can gain a deeper understanding of how they're all related to the saga of the Bat.
Greenberger is obviously someone that comes from a standpoint of authority on the subject, having been a former Dc Comics editor, but you know he really went above and beyond to bring the information to the fans. Whether you need to brush up or if you're just coming into Batman because of the Dark Knight, you NEED to own this book. This book is a must have for any fan of the Dark Knight. Its thorough, comprehensive and most importantly, staunchly accurate! I can't recommend it enough.
Five out of Five Bats!
Also, check out our Exclusive interview with author Bob Greenberger HERE
Take a peek inside the book here: