Anatomy Of A Metahuman. A review and interview with Matthew K. Manning.
When I first heard about this book many months ago, I was immediately intrigued! I read a brief description and saw some early images and my eyes and mind immediately wanted more! I have always been interested in scientific drawings, so when my love of Superheroes was combined with detailed drawings I knew I had to get a closer look! Just read this synopsis and tell me you don’t want to put on a white coat and become a scientist!
“This stunning and unique book delves into the incredible abilities of DC Comics characters like never before. Using beautifully illustrated anatomical cross sections depicting twelve different DC characters, the book, told from Batman’s unique perspective, will explore how these “metahumans” physical makeup differs significantly from that of the average person. From detailed theories on how Superman’s eyes shoot heat rays to an in-depth exploration of how Aquaman is able to breathe under water, the book delves into the deepest secrets of these classic characters.”
When my copy arrived I was lost in time as soon as I opened it. Everything stopped as my eyes were looking at a cutaway of Superman’s eyes! The next thing I knew it was an hour later and I felt smarter!
The book is big! For some reason I love huge books, and I am happy that this one is now in my collection. I won’t be sharing too much of the book here as you should all know how I feel about spoilers by now and if you want to read this book after I have told you about it, I want you to feel how I felt once I first picked it up. Amazed and astounded.
Ming Doyle created some truly magnificent artwork for this book and the colours by Scott Holladay. They look they came from an actual medical guide and the detailed descriptions and write-ups really give you some intel about heroes AND villains. Even my boy Bizarro has some information!
The writers of the book, S.D Perry and Matthew K. Manning, did a fantastic job of putting Batman’s words onto paper. I could even hear some of his cynical tones when reading about Superman! There is a large section about my hero and I was very happy about that. I guess Bats still feels Superman is his biggest threat!
I was lucky enough to be able to ask Manning about his time on the book. I wanted to dive into brain that dived into Batman’s so here are a few of the questions I sent his way.
This book is a must for any coffee table, book shelf or desk. Whenever I see my copy, I find it hard not to pick up and start reading it again and again. With there being so many heroes and villains in the D.C Universe I hope that this fantastic book gets a sequel.
I have been a fan of the Insight Editions publications for some time but this is easily my favourite book in my collection, so far!
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