Book Review “Batmobile: The Complete History”

Author: Mark Cotta Vaz
Hardcover: 148 pages
Publisher: Insight Editions
Release Date: July 10, 2012

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

If you are male, it is not hard to agree that the Batmobile is one of the coolest car EVER!  I remember growing up playing with miniature version of Batman’s iconic vehicle.  It was the coolest car this is until…The Tumbler came along in 2005’s “Batman Begins”.  Nolan’s trilogy completed recreated the Batmobile into one bad-ass car.  Though the coolness doesn’t stop there, since the car transforms into the Bat-Pod as well, which is just the icing on the cake.  If you are fan of the entire Batman series dating back to the comics, this book is the ultimate collectible and a one hell of a great coffee-table book.

Spanning from the beginnings within the pages of Detective Comics, to the pages of DC Comics, all seven appearances on the big-screen in feature films, this book explores each incarnation of the Batmobile.  It is not just a picture book either, this gives an incredible amount of detail and scope into each of Batman’s sweet rides.  Besides just comics and films, this also going into the role of the Batmobile through television, toys, and video games.  Christopher Nolan still in my eyes really created the best Batmobile yet and only amps it up in his final chapter of his trilogy “The Dark Knight Rises”

“Batmobile: The Complete History” goes well beyond the anticipation of the typical companion book.  It includes beautiful folds-outs and detailed specs, blueprints, and historical comparisons.  The book is a visual masterpiece and will leave Batman fans drooling and gearing up to re-visit all these wonderful creations through film, TV and comics.  To top off an already great book, there is a fantastic foreword from Paul Levitz (DC Comics) and Nathan Crowley (Production Designer behind the “The Dark Knight” trilogy).  Insight Editions delivers such an amazing release, as always, and again like its recent “The Dark Knight Manual“.

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