Writer: Daniel Wallace
Illustrator: Lukasz Liszko
Publisher: Insight Editions
Review by Steve J. Ray
Insight Editions batmobile handbook it is a revelation. From the moment I saw the cover I was captivated as it features three screen favorite versions of the Dark Knight’s legendary vehicle. However, when I started reading, I found that what was inside was even more impressive.
For starters, this amazing book doesn’t contain a single photo, every page is lavishly illustrated by the amazing artist behind it. Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection, Lukasz Liszko. That’s right, each and every image in this volume is an illustration, not a screenshot or photograph!
Fortunately, the writing in this book is as good as the art. Daniel Wallace is the author or co-author of more than fifty books, including the jedi path, The world according to Spider-ManY Star Wars: The New Essential Character Guide. As someone who already owns some of his books, he knew this was going to be a winner as well.
Not only can we see and read about all the Batmobiles on screen; from the classic 1960s iteration of Adam West, the legendary Tim Burton batman ’89 version, Christopher Nolan’s tank-like Tumbler and Matt Reeve’s monster muscle car from the batmanThe classics from the comics are also shown!
Many fans know that Batman made his debut in 1939. detective comics #27, but did you know that the same issue also featured his original bright red Batmobile? No, it wasn’t called that back then, it didn’t have any of the famous gizmos, logos or paraphernalia, but it was Batman’s ride and it made its debut in the same comic that he did. Daniel Wallace did, and it’s included in this book, illustrated with photo-realism, in all its crimson splendor, by the brilliant Łukasz Liszko.
The 1939 Batmobile isn’t the only brightly colored classic to appear in The Batmobile Handbook, even Norm Breyfogle’s legendary bright blue, hovercraft-like, spoiler-spoiled road beast makes a (very welcome) appearance. That’s right, Bat fans, not all Batmobiles come in black.
Now, if all my effusive hyperbole or stunning art attached to this review isn’t enough to convince you to buy this amazing book, perhaps the following statement will be. Remember the Bat-Gyro, the Flying Fox and the Night-Crawler? Yeah, they’re all included too, just like the Bat-Missile, Bat-Boat, and Bat-Pod! As an ultra-hard to impress Dark Knight nerd, even I was totally pleased with the range of vehicles featured in the batmobile handbook.
I have completely fallen in love with this book. The fact that it includes Batmobiles created long before I was born, all the ones I grew up with, and even the car featured in the last movie, means this may well be the most comprehensive guide to Batmobiles ever.
Add to this the fact that many of the illustrations have 3D cutaways of the vehicles’ engines and weaponry and the batmobile handbook It makes for a gift for car enthusiasts, Batman fans, comic book readers, and movie buffs alike. If you have any of those people in your life (I’ve met some people who cover all of those bases), then buy them this book…they’ll thank you!
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Images and review copy courtesy of Insight Editions: ISBN 978-1-64722-329-8
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