Comic Book Reads: Batman – The World of the Dark Knight

Batman – The World of the Dark Knight is a 200-page odd hardcover encyclopedic compilation of all the things you wanted to know about Gotham’s caped crusader. Published in 2012, the mesh of well-designed content, collected artwork and boggling details is a sweet addiction for the trivia-gobbling Batman fanatic. Hold your breath while I take you on a brief tour:
  • When and how did Batman make his Detective Comics (DC) debut – Check. 
  • Detail of every inch of the Batsuit, its accessories and alterations over the years – Check. 
  • A magnifying glass view of the Batcave – Check.
  • Detailed descriptions of the Batmobile and Bat-Vehicles – Check.
  • The Batman origin story – Double Check.
  • Batman’s diet, training and physical attributes – Yes.
  • The best Batman quotes – Totally.
  • Bruce Wayne’s character profile – Aha!
  • All you wanted to know about Wayne Manor, Arkham Asylum, Wayne Enterprises and Gotham City – Yeah.
  • How about Robin? – His whole file is laid out here.
  • Alfred, Commissioner Gordon and Lucius Fox – Laid bare.
  • Batman’s friends, allies, villians, love life – All there.
  • Batman’s comic book evolution from his 1937 debut to the landmark comic issues that defined him – Spread out nicely. 
I hate to word it in cliche, for the book contains – a lot more…
Even if you are delirious about Batman, there is too much here to imbibe in one sitting, this is more like a sturdy thing you can pick from the bookshelf, whenever the trivia mood takes over.
(Review by Snehith Kumbla)

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