Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City

Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City

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by Dennis O'Neil
     
 

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Batman Unauthorized explores Batman’s motivations and actions, as well as those of his foes. Batman is a creature of the night, more about vengeance than justice, more plagued by doubts than full of self-assurance, and more darkness than light. He has no superpowers, just skill, drive and a really well-made suit.

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Batman Unauthorized explores Batman’s motivations and actions, as well as those of his foes. Batman is a creature of the night, more about vengeance than justice, more plagued by doubts than full of self-assurance, and more darkness than light. He has no superpowers, just skill, drive and a really well-made suit.

One of the most recognized superheroes ever created, Batman has survived through campy TV shows and films, through actors such as Adam West, Michael Keaton and Christian Bale. Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City covers expansive territory ranging from the silly to the solemn. Why is the Joker so good at pushing Batman’s buttons? What does Batman’s technology say about the times? Why are Batman’s villains crazier than average? And why is Batman the perfect, iconic American hero?

Editorial Reviews

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The premiere writer of Batman comics…offers a complete picture of Batman in all his incarnations.

Tony's Tips

Darren Hudson Hick's scrutiny of what it costs to be Batman is wonderful fun.

School Library Journal

Adult/High School- The appeal of Batman waxes and wanes, but he has doubtless been one of the most popular superheroes in recent years, with the upcoming movie generating even more buzz. This entry looks at Batman as a literary figure worthy of several critical essays. Eighteen authors, including those with backgrounds in journalism, editing, and academia, contribute short critical essays focused on the many aspects of the superhero through the years. Though each writer has a particular point of view, there are several points on which they do agree: Batman Begins was the best of the movies, the campy TV series nearly ruined the character, Batman is even darker than many casual observers realize, and Frank Miller made him darker still. These recurring themes give the book cohesion, even though it is doubtful that any but the most ardent fan will read it from cover to cover. A particularly clever essay looks at the cost of being Batman, estimating the value of the costume, the Batcave, the Batmobile, and more as just under $300 million. This book would be a good addition where superheroes are popular, as well as a clever alternative to more dry, dusty literary criticism for those doing assignments.-Jamie Watson, Harford County Public Library, MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933771304
Publisher:
BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Series:
Smart Pop series
Pages:
219
Sales rank:
720,250
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Dennis O’Neil is a former comic book writer and editor for Marvel Comics and DC Comics; wrote the novelization for the film Batman Begins; and is the author of Batman: Shaman and Batman: Sword of Azrael. He wrote the main Batman title in the 1970s and 1980s and is the former group editor for the Batman family of books. He lives in Nyack, New York.

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Batman Unauthorized 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While most of the essays in this book were written either before the release of batman begins or the dark knightt and are therefore outdated they still shine an interesting light on the history and mythos of the batman character and assortevillians he has faced such as the joker and ras as ghuld
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really fun to read and very educational
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adam west is the best batman ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dun un un un nu nu nu batman
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Wesston
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Batman is good because he can save peole and bet up badguy and call the police
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Boys or girls should get this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its like your in the story and you dont pay attention to anything else