Artist Ming Doyle has been quiet of late but in a bombshell tweet she revealed why: she’s been busy creating the mind-boggling art for Anatomy of a Metahuman.   Written by by S.D. Perry and Matthew Manning, it’s  basically Batman’s creepy-cool commentary on the physiology of his fellow metahumans. Because what else does Bruce Wayne do in that Bat Manor all night? (I can’t wait until he gets to Catwoman.)

The book will be published by Insight Editions in September and it’s already Amazon’s #1 new release.

Insight is known for its lavish illustrated books and this appears to be no exception. Looking at Doyle’s art in a larger size, this book brings out all the weirdness and beauty of superheroes at the same time. NICE ART!

The Amazon listing says:

Concerned about the threat that so-called “metahumans” may pose to the world, Batman has begun compiling a detailed dossier on their incredible physiology and abilities. From villains like Killer Croc, Bane, and Brainiac, to Batman’s own comrades, including Superman and Cyborg, the file brings together the Dark Knight’s fascinating personal theories on the unique anatomical composition of these formidable individuals.

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. Also featuring chapters on the anatomy and abilities of Doomsday, Aquaman, Swamp Thing, Darkseid, Martian Manhunter, and more, this one-of-a-kind book will change the way you look at metahumans forever.

And here’s the larger art:


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  1. Now they need a book wherein one can see inside the heads of various Warner Bros execs to see why they haven’t been able to consistently put out good movies, given the legendary IPs they OWN!

  2. I agree with Nicholas… But this looks like a cool book. Reminds me of when Grant Morrison wrote JLA way back in the day and noted in an interview that Batman knows the other members and can take them down if he has to… and they know it. I might actually have to spend money.

  3. Well with those preview pages, you know if you’re going to like this or not – good job there. Probably not my thing. Reminds me of the Alex Ross greylead-pencilled character design drawings for Kingdom Come, which had annotated blurbs from either the creators or Batman (can’t remember). They were okay to look at, but I mostly liked looking at Gregory Peck being Batman. This is just nice to look at, for me.

    Biggest plus in these preview pages is seeing Superman’s eyeball in his face like that. Put me in immediate mind of the manga Battle Royale, with character’s eyeballs displaced from sockets and the like. Unexpected effect on a Superman drawing that is the most interesting thing to me.

  4. With all due respect, how is this “Ming Doyle’s book?” Yes, the art is very impressive (and I’m likely to buy it), but the writers involved would seem to have just as much to do with it.

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