Compiled by a veteran writer of the comic series, this collection of essays explores Batman8217;s motivations and actions, as well as those of his foes. Batman is a creature of the night, more about vengeance than justice, more plagued by doubts than full of self-assurance, and more darkness than light. He has no superpowers, just skill, drive, and a really well-made suit. One of the most recognized superheroes ever created, Batman has survived through campy TV shows and films, through actors like Adam West, Michael Keaton, and Christian Bale. It covers both the silly and the solemn, asking questions like Why is the Joker so good at pushing Batman8217;s buttons?What does Batman8217;s technology say about the times? Why are Batman8217;s villains crazier than average? and Why is Batman the perfect, iconic American hero?