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  • By T. James Musler
    Oct 15, 2009
    " - Simply the World's Finest" Part Two: Batman/Bruce Wayne By: Steel Knight This review and an interview with author T. James Musler can be found at: I’ll be the first to admit that I’m far from being an adamant book reader. I’m definitely not one of those people that reads a book a week. In fact, if I read a book every 3 months, that’s a lot for me. However, when I was introduced to Unleashing the Superhero In Us All, I was intrigued right away. Being a huge fan of Superman and Batman and all things DC related, I found myself flying through the pages (no pun intended… well, maybe just a little bit). There were three aspects of the book that really impressed me: First, was the way Musler managed to humanize the superheroes of the DC universe. While Batman is regarded as superhero, he is one of the few DC characters that does not have any “super’ abilities. Batman is an example of the ordinary doing the... More > extraordinary if they have the drive to become great. “… Batman is all that a man can achieve, if only he devotes himself fully, both mentally and physically. In fact, many would argue that Batman is at his most compelling when he has to overcome his own human limitations.” (Musler, 19) Second, were the incredibly inspiring quotes that were embedded through out the book. Musler managed to pull quotes from comics, movies, television, famous people, historical figures and other sources to further his statements. There were two quotes in particular that were truly motivating. The first was used to emphasize why Batman always strived to be perfect both mentally and physically: “To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” -Buddha The other quote was used in reference to Bruce Wayne, the alter ego to the Batman. How money itself is not evil, but the love of money is evil. Musler uses Bruce Wayne to show how money can be used for good in the right hands. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” -1 Timothy: 6:10 (ASV) Third, was the way I felt after I finished the book. It’s a hard feeling to express but it made me think about parts of my life that I could use some of the things I learned. For example, there is a section in the Batman chapter that inspired me to challenge myself more rather than always taking the easy route, as I usually do. It may not be easy but nothing in life that’s really worth it ever is. “… The Greeks believed, a strong body without a strong mind is useless; therefore, one should not limit exercise to physical. One must read and challenge himself mentally on a consistent basis.” (Musler, 21) Overall, I found Musler’s book to be a very unique take on the heroes of the DC universe and superheroes in general. We can learn a lot from such characters as Batman and Bruce Wayne, and Musler has managed to convey that in his great book. I recommend this to both comic book and non-comic book fans because both will learn something about the great heroes of the DC universe as well as themselves.< Less
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First Edition
T. James Musler
October 9, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.4 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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