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The Dark Knight Manual Book Review

The Dark Knight Manual

“The Dark Knight Manual” will have Batman fans doing the Batusi.

Insight Editions, who are fast becoming the go-to publisher for beautifully designed movie tie-in books, have created a new interactive coffee table book that takes readers deeper into Christopher Nolan’s Batman universe.

The manual was designed to contain material that would resemble items and notes that Bruce Wayne/Batman would have on file. The book also works as a sort of chronology of Batman’s origins. As you open the book, one of the first things you will see is the murder report file of Bruce Wayne’s parents. After that, there is a chapter devoted to Bruce’s training in Bhutan and Bruce’s various hideouts including the Batcave from “Batman Begins” and the headquarters in “The Dark Knight.” The book then delves into the suits, the gadgetry, the weapons (such as the batarangs and grappling gun), the vehicles (namely the Tumbler, the Tumbler Escape Pod, and The Bat plane), science division projects, and, of course, profiles on allies, locations, and villains like James Gordon, Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Rachel Dawes, Carmine Falcone, John Blake, Miranda Tate, Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow, Arkham Asylum map of it, the Joker, Bane, and Selina Kyle.

As a reference book, “The Dark Knight Manual” is invaluable. Not only does it contain loads of facts and information about various aspects of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy, but it also chronicles the life of Bruce Wayne/Batman quite well. More than that, however, the book is just a blast to pour through thanks to the interactive inserts. Readers and “Batman” fans can expect all sorts of goodies contained in these pages such as foldout Batcave and Gotham City maps, Bruce Wayne stcky notes, a Harvey Dent political flyer, and, best of all, confiscated evidence from the Joker in the form of full size Joker playing cards. If those extras don’t give you a Joker sized grin, I don’t know what will.

If you’re more into the technical side of the Batverse, you’ll be happy to know that there are a plethora of pages devoted to detailed vehicle specifications and functions, batsuit sketches, a rundown of the various abilities of Batman’s gadgets, construction designs of the Batcave (and items housed in it), and even an instruction guide for the grappling harness and belt.

It should be noted that the book does have one minor drawback with the sticker situtation. While the actual Batman symbol, Gotham City, and Harvey Dent stickers themselves are a great inclusion, the fact that they stick to the pages and tear them is quite frustrating. Now, I don’t how many people have had this problem, but, if you do happen to pick up a copy in stores, you might want to take a gander at the sticker pages to make sure there is no damage (if this type of issue concerns you that is).

Overall Thoughts: Aside from the sticker issue, “The Dark Knight Manual” is a superbly designed book for “Batman” fans of all ages.  Pick it up as a present for yourself or for your “Batman” loving pal.

December 7, 2013 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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