Tyndale House Publishers
Comic book fans will flip over God on the Streets of Gotham by Paul Asay. Combining the seemingly wildly opposing elements of God and Batman, the author writes an interesting and insightful book where he compares the Caped Crusader to the average Christian. Paul Asay is the associate editor at Plugged In, a ministry that reaches millions of people with movie reviews that compare cultural trends and spiritual issues. With many published works, and a longtime love for the Dark Knight, Paul Asay is knowledgeable, engaging, and even witty.
Consistently referencing Christopher Nolan's “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” this book piques reader interest without getting overly deep theologically. The book’s format is a continuous comparison of the arc in the life of Bruce Wayne as Batman to the arc in Paul Asay’s own life as a sinner who becomes a Christian who continually seeks to improve his life and the lives of those around him. The information is presented as testimonies, excerpts from sermons, quotations from notable authorities, and personal narratives from Asay’s life. The book has an easy flow that keeps the reader interested, although this can in no way be considered profound theology or philosophy. However, fans of superhero movies and comics will enjoy the clever comparisons and references. Geared to younger readers, this book is more than a fanzine but not truly a textbook. – Kristin Gaffney, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
What do God and the Caped Crusader have in common? While Batman is a secular superhero patrolling the fictional streets of Gotham City, the Caped Crusader is one whose story creates multiple opportunities for believers to talk about the redemptive spiritual truths of Christianity. While the book touches on Batman’s many incarnations over the last 70 years in print, on television, and at the local Cineplex for the enjoyment of Batman fans everywhere, it primarily focuses on Christopher Nolan’s two wildly popular and critically acclaimed movies—movies that not only introduced a new generation to a darker Batman, but are also loaded with spiritual meaning and redemptive metaphors.