Think you know everything there is to know about the Caped Crusader? Want to fill your brain with useless trivia to dazzle your fellow nerds? Then Brian Cronin’s book, Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent? might be what you’re looking for. It’s loaded with so much trivia that you may have to make room in your head by forgetting other nonsense like the Pythagorean theorem or your address.
Many of you may know of Brian Cronin from his work on the blog Comics Should Be Good over on Comic Book Resources. He also writes Comic Book Legends Revealed. From reading his work you know that Mr. Cronin knows what he’s talking about and with this book he may help you win a few bar bets with your friends.
The book is divided into six parts allowing you to explore each chapter individually without any of that annoying continuity getting in the way. The titles of each part let you know what’s covered. Comic Book Character, Comic Book Writers and Artist, Comic Book Storylines, Beyond the Panels (Comic Book Covers, Ads, and other Ephemera), Comics and Culture, and Comic Book Movies and TV Shows make up the parts of the book. Each chapter is further broken down making it easy for the reader to look up interesting topics.
Some top named talent in the comic book industry sign on with lists of their own. Writer Peter David has a list of the top six characters known for sitting. Comic creator Jimmy Palmiotti’s list is of six standard-raising comic book artists. Mark Waid, Zeb Wells, Skottie Young, Mark Millar, Geoff Johns, Jason Aaron, and Dave Gibbons are just some of the other creators who lend their wisdom to the book.
Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent makes for a great coffee table book or if you enjoy learning about the details behind certain comics and other details. For $15 Brian Cronin packs the book with interesting tidbits that will keep you intrigued and amused.