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« Thread started on: Oct 19th, 2011, 07:24am »

http://www.andrewsmcmeel.com/batman/index.html

I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this. A while back amazon.co.uk offered it for pre-order for 30 (rrp 60) with nothing more than the title. I decided to take the gamble. This site I linked above had very little information on the title and I wasn't expecting it to be of very high quality...

The book arrived about an hour ago, and I would call it a luxury item, it is at least as big as an Absolute book. I have only briefly flicked through the contents, but this could be a real treasure if first impressions are anything to go by: It appears to be a complete history of Bruce Wayne, by Bruce Wayne, covering the entire Post Crisis-Flashpoint Continuity! That's right, it covers our Continuity, from Bruce's childhood right up until Volume 1 of Batman Inc!

I haven't read any of it yet, but it seems to have profiles of many of the Rogues Gallery, and has a fairly detailed looking "Autobiography" of sorts of career of The Batman, even including things DC wish to forget like Steph as Robin!!! It is absolutely packed with illustrations too. I'll try to take a couple of photos for you guys and get them up in the next few days.

My opinions on this could change when I actually start reading the text, but first impressions are very positive indeed. cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 19th, 2011, 08:11am »

A tiny example of what this book has on offer. The first photo is next to Batman #700 for a size example.

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« Reply #2 on: Oct 19th, 2011, 10:22am »

Nick, that looks totally badass. I want that. I will definitely check out the cheapest way to get hold of it.
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 19th, 2011, 4:07pm »

Man, this is no good - it's got all that stuff from before the reboot. Totally useless now.

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« Reply #4 on: Oct 20th, 2011, 04:25am »

on Oct 19th, 2011, 4:07pm, snipe wrote:
Man, this is no good - it's got all that stuff from before the reboot. Totally useless now.


Didio? Are you hacking the accounts of fansite administrators now? BAD DIDIO!

I have to say, I did wonder why they were bothering to release a book all about the Old Continuity now, but then I suppose it actually makes perfect sense in a way. This is not really a book for a new reader, there are many reference books and sites that would be much easier for a new reader to look up information on the characters and stories. This has no contents, no index, nothing. I suppose you could say this is a completely "In Unviverse" replica of Bruce's scrapbook. And I suppose what better time to release it than now? It covers the complete Continuity, and it will never go out of date because the Post Crisis Continuity is now over in favour of the New Reboot. In many ways this is a celebration of the history that we all love for the long term dedicated supporter.

I have seen no advertising or support for this book whatsoever, It's almost like DC want this book to fail because it doesn't fit in with their Reboot. I think that is very sad because I think this book deserves some recognition. I only stumbled across this thing completely by accident, I have never seen one advert, or promotion, or preview for it on any comic or Batman related website - and not a single word from DC themselves! I only found that official site by doing a search for the title and the author!

I've read some small sections of the book (this thing is HUGE so don't ever expect a full review from me). It probably wont tell you anything you don't already know, but as a celebration of the character we all love I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like this.

It covers a lot of ground, it has sections covering Shaman, Venom, and other long forgotten LotDK material. It also covers both Prey and Monster Men, so I must give those sections a read to see how the author reconciles some of the contradictions between the two portrayals of Hugo Strange. Little things like Jeremiah Arkham's psych evaluation being done by Alyce Sinner are really nice little attentions to detail that could have been easily overlooked. This book was clearly a massive labour of love for the author, and there are so many accurate little details I've noticed that make this a really nice product.

I'm definitely recommended this as the ultimate companion piece to the Post Crisis-Flashpoint Continuity.
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« Reply #5 on: Oct 20th, 2011, 05:45am »

Diamond has this shipping on 10/25, so anyone ought to be able to get this from their local comic shop. SRP is US $100.
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 4th, 2011, 10:51am »

on Oct 20th, 2011, 04:25am, Nick wrote:
I have seen no advertising or support for this book whatsoever, It's almost like DC want this book to fail because it doesn't fit in with their Reboot. I think that is very sad because I think this book deserves some recognition. I only stumbled across this thing completely by accident, I have never seen one advert, or promotion, or preview for it on any comic or Batman related website - and not a single word from DC themselves! I only found that official site by doing a search for the title and the author!


In relation to that point, I have now seen a tonne of sites previewing and reviewing this book. Looks like DC were waiting for it to be out a couple of weeks before they started advertising it. Either that or Amazon just sent it to me very early, but then their release date on the site was October when I got it. Kinda weird how it's gone from a book that may as well not exist due to lack of any information online, to being seemingly everywhere in the space of a couple of weeks. It's nice to have had it before all the hype though. cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 5th, 2011, 3:33pm »

My copy should be in this week. Looking forward to it. Thanks for the heads-up on this.
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 5th, 2011, 5:21pm »

No way would I pay $100,- for it but I am going to search for this on a monthly basis until I find it cheap enough.
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 6th, 2011, 07:47am »

on Nov 5th, 2011, 5:21pm, TheMidnighter wrote:
No way would I pay $100,- for it but I am going to search for this on a monthly basis until I find it cheap enough.


Good luck with that - Amazon is / was selling it for $3 more than what I had to pay for it as a retailer.
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« Reply #10 on: Nov 6th, 2011, 08:24am »

I can wait months or years.
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« Reply #11 on: Nov 8th, 2011, 6:31pm »

This is fucking brilliant. My only gripe is that the pages were stuck together from the gilding (?) on their edges.
Gorgeous, and leaning toward complete. I love how it even brings in more "obscure" LotDK stuff to go along with the obvious big stories. This is what I initially envisioned the site to be.
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« Reply #12 on: Nov 10th, 2011, 06:40am »

Seems very interesting. I'll have to pick up a copy. smiley
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« Reply #13 on: Nov 11th, 2011, 9:04pm »

It's on Amazon for $54.23, but MyComicShop has a "deluxe edition" it for $79.00. Is it worth it? What's the difference?
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« Reply #14 on: Nov 11th, 2011, 10:23pm »

on Nov 11th, 2011, 9:04pm, TurkeyMoose wrote:
It's on Amazon for $54.23, but MyComicShop has a "deluxe edition" it for $79.00. Is it worth it? What's the difference?


As far as I can tell there are no different versions and these are exactly the same. The description of the so called "Deluxe Edition" perfectly describes the one I got from amazon.co.uk and I'm not sure how a "Deluxe Version" could possibly be any better than this already is. smiley

Obviously I can't guarantee that there aren't different versions, but this is the first I've heard of it and the official site doesn't mention anything. Since the description is the same as the one Amazon are selling, I'd just go for the cheaper one.
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