Comics Batman A Visual History

Published on February 2nd, 2015 | by Duke Of Havoc

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Batman: A Visual History – Review

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If you are anything like me, dear Consumer, you bloody love coffee table books. You know the ones I mean. Big, chunky books that you don’t read that often but when you do open it, you will pour over every minute detail for hours on end. DK Books are very good at making just that type of book. In the past they have put out visual dictionaries for films like Star Wars and even undertook what would be deemed an impossible task, and catalogued every single Lego minifigure, ever!

Batman: A Visual History

They have recently turned their hand to ever geekier topics and to celebrate 75 years of Batman, put together Batman: A Visual History, with beautiful images of pretty much every artist ever, fun facts and brief synopses of key story lines from his inception, right through to the current run by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Every year from 1939 to 2014 gets at least one double page spread. The pages are beautifully laid out and I could see this being used to settle some very heated geek arguments (OK, well maybe people will use Google but surely this would be more fun?).

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Batman: A Visual History comes in a hard slipcase which itself is gorgeously designed. It features a broody looking Batman with his cape being used to depict key characters from his history in a rather neat collage. The image is by current DC cover artist Jason Fabok and it works perfectly. The death of the Waynes, a reference to Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, Bane breaking Batman’s back and other key moments are shown and should be instantly recognisable to fans of The Caped Crusader. You even get two glossy prints: one is a close up of Fabok’s Batman and the other shows the slipcase image as one, rather than the wrapped around image that it appears as on the slipcase.