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Forensic Files of Batman (Batman)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  130 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Although strong and relentless, Batman has no super powers. His "powers" are his Sherlock Holmes-like abilities of deduction and detection. Two dozen entries from Batman's "Case Files" are featured here. Most are written by Batman himself, but a couple are from Police Commissioner Gordon, and there are a couple of entries from the Batman's right hand man, Alfred the butler ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by iBooks (first published 2004)
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I teetered between giving this 3 or 4 stars, but I settled on 3. While I definitely enjoyed this book, it took me a while to get through because it can be dry and clinical at times.

That said, this book is pretty damn cool. The Forensic Files of Batman is written in the guise of being a journal kept by Batman an Alfred that documents what they learn in Batman's early years of operation -- for whatever purpose that could serve in the future. This book could have easily been corny as hell, but Moe
Mar 07, 2014 Lora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Batman fans, forensic fans
Shelves: favorites
This book was great. It gives great basic forensic background and keeps our favorite criminal detective and his butler in character while also providing us a look into how Bruce studied to be the the Criminalist he is as Batman.

The book is designed as short stories focusing on one or more specific aspects of forensics. This also makes it easy to pick up the book and re-read favorite stories or see how the book treated a particular aspect of forensics.
Sep 02, 2012 Vicki-shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE FORENSIC FILES OF BATMAN: THE WORLDS GREATEST DETECTIVE, was an awesome read for me, it was like CSI minus all the corny hollywood bullshit, and made up nonsense, in fact other than the fictional characters all of the forensic information contained within is legitimate. Now the one thing that is most likely to drive the average reader away from this one is that a great deal of the novel reads like a text book, but for those that like to learn new complex information in dry no sugar added tex ...more
Cathrine Bonham
Jan 14, 2014 Cathrine Bonham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really a collection of Batman short stories interspersed with shorter educational pieces about the Forensic Sciences. The educational pieces added much needed depth to the quickly paced stories and being written in the same voice as the stories they intergrated well and did not detract from the overall narrative. Not to say that a common plot runs throughout but the stories do contain continuity thus making the stories if not actually interlinking at least related. This book would b ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I appreciate the Batman character, I am not a fan of reading books based upon his escapades. However, my brother suggested this book because of my interest in science and forensics and it was a good suggestion. Most of the excerpts are short and explain in detail the science and utilization of various forensic tools and procedures. The author did a great job in research and the writing is intelligent and informative.
Mar 29, 2011 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhero, paperback
I have come to not expect much out of novels based on comic book characters, but this may be the exception to the rule. The author deftly displays both the dark detective's physical prowess with his superior intelligence and intuition. While it is not a complete novel, and is instead broken up into "cases" (read short fiction), the author introduces us to the many aspects of forensic science through Batman's eyes. Mixed in with the four page chapters where Batman/Bruce Wayne explains things like ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked it up from the library on sale for $2...I can't pass up stuff like that.

Interesting novelization of classic Batman vs. (insert villain name) stories. Each chapter is either a diary entry from Bruce Wayne's logging of his crime-fighting encounters or a synopsis of his training to become a crime fighter and what the different forensic techniques are that he will need to use in solving crimes and catching the bad guys.

UPDATE: Not too shabby. Although it lacked in interesting wordplay or subl
While I thorougly enjoyed the case files in this book, which were packed with evidence of Batman's detective skills, the diary entries were incredibly informative. It was more like reading a forensic textbook than a regular book, which is great, because learning is awesome! However, it made the read somewhat slow and tedious at times. Very good, but dense on information when I was expecting less technical information and more Batman being a kickass detective.
Jul 31, 2008 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Seriously. The prose is juvenile, the characters are flat(and really, you have so much to work with!), and the forensic facts aren't even that cool. It's more like someone's forensics for dummies threw up on the pages and attached "Batman" at the top.

They also used the word "Murdicide." I could rant some more, but it's not worth it to expend the energy. Although it would give me something to do....
Apr 16, 2008 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: CSI fans, aspiring private eye's
Basically a foresic detective textbook, made entertaining by being told through the eyes of The Batman. It is not a comic book, but a series of journal entries relating cases Batman's solved and the scientific/psychological methods he used to solve them. Some chapters have familiar villians in them, and some are strictly informative.
Gavin Yee
Jan 29, 2011 Gavin Yee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is pretty good is like reading sherlock holmes! but with batman! ... if anything the movies really under play is the fact that batman is known as the world's greatest detective... and this book really gives you an idea of how he is.
Mister Future [formerly known as 'Pizzle']
Not that Moench doesn't know how to write Batman, he was fine. The novel just didn't grip and entertain the way the Gaped Crusader's comical do. There were too many dry spots in this one.

2.75/ 5 Stars
Nov 21, 2015 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, mystery
It's very technical and probably was not meant to be in the young adult fiction section of the library. But it has some good mystery story lines in it.
David Johnston
Oct 15, 2013 David Johnston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First-rate geek bait. Does a great job of portraying Batman as a scientific detective.
Well done. Well researched. Some spelling errors took away from my overall enjoyment.
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Doug Moench, is an American comic book writer notable for his Batman work and as the creator of Black Mask, Moon Knight and Deathlok. Moench has worked for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics and many other smaller companies; he has written hundreds of issues of many different comics, and created dozens of characters, such as Moon Knight. In 1973, Moench became the de facto lead writer for ...more
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