The Bluffer's Guide to Batman

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Batman: v. 1: Chronicles
1.  Batman: v. 1: Chronicles by Bill Finger
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  "The original stories by Kane and Finger from 1939. Worth reading to see how nasty the original Batman really was. Yes he killed people! And after just 12 stories solo he got a sidekick, Robin."
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Batman Archives Vol. 5
2.  Batman Archives Vol. 5 by Win Mortimer
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  "But it was by losing the darker aspects and becoming a child’s hero that Batman became famous. Tame maybe, but this is the first classic era, it established the mythos, and Dick Sprang’s art is a joy."
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Batman In The Sixties TP
3.  Batman In The Sixties TP by Various
The list author says:
  "Sadly, by then late sixties Batman had almost become a jokey cartoon like Peanuts or Calvin and Hobbes."
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Batman Illustrated - Vol 02 (Batman (DC Comics Hardcover))
4.  Batman Illustrated - Vol 02 (Batman (DC Comics Hardcover)) by Dennis O'Neil
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  "Ta da! The second classic era! Adams transforms Batman into a nocturnal demon, while writer Denny O’Neill turns him into a DETECTIVE. This is when Batman really comes together as a viable superhero."
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Batman: Dark Knight Returns
5.  Batman: Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
The list author says:
  "And this is the third classic era – or version. In the mid 80s Miller revolutionized Batman and comics in general by asking “what if this guy was real” and writing for - shock! - adults."
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Batman: Year One
6.  Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
The list author says:
  "Next up, Miller shows us Batman’s first year on the job as if to say, “forget the last 50 years, Batman starts here afresh”. And he did – every writer since has used Year One as their reference point."
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Batman: Killing Joke
7.  Batman: Killing Joke by Alan Moore
The list author says:
  "Again from the mid-eighties, Moore used Millers “real world”, adult approach, but focusing on the Joker."
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Batman: Arkham Asylum Anniversary Edition
8.  Batman: Arkham Asylum Anniversary Edition by Grant Morrison
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  "And to seal the change, Arkham Asylum was not a 10cent comic but a beautifully painted $20 adults only “graphic novel” depicting Batman himself as dangerously insane. Holy shifting demographic!"
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Batman: Death in the Family
9.  Batman: Death in the Family by Jim Starlin
The list author says:
  "Ironically censorship meant the actual Batman comic couldn’t deliver material as dark as the Miller stories, so DC split Batman in two: the regular comic was more "superheroic" with epic sagas  . . ."
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Batman: Knightfall, Part 1: Broken Bat (DC Comics)
10.  Batman: Knightfall, Part 1: Broken Bat (DC Comics) by Doug Moench
The list author says:
  ". . . like the death of Robin in the late 80’s, and the key early 90s epic, Knightfall, where Batman is defeated and retires, leaving a new ultra-violent Spawn-like Batman to take over . . ."
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Batman - No Man's Land - Vol 1
11.  Batman - No Man's Land - Vol 1 by Bob Gale
The list author says:
  ". . . the huge late 90s saga Cataclysm/No-Mans-Land, where Gotham is destroyed by an earthquake and is quarantined, leaving Bats (and his new team of sidekicks) to establish martial law . . ."
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Bruce Wayne, Fugitive (Batman Beyond (DC Comics))
12.  Bruce Wayne, Fugitive (Batman Beyond (DC Comics)) by Devin K. Grayson
The list author says:
  ". . . and finally then the New Gotham arc: the city is rebuilt, gangsters replace “freak” criminals, Gordon retires, and Bruce Wayne is framed for murder."
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Batman Gothic (Batman Beyond (DC Comics))
13.  Batman Gothic (Batman Beyond (DC Comics)) by Grant Morrison
The list author says:
  "Meanwhile for fans of the darker Frank Miller-style Batman, DC launched a second “unrated” line in the late 80s, picking up from Year One and showing his early years as a solo vigilante . . ."
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Batman: Prey
14.  Batman: Prey by Doug Moench
The list author says:
  ". . . notable stories, being Gothic (above) and Prey, where he tries to win Gordon’s trust, builds a Batmobile and meets his first costumed supervillain – Catwoman . . ."
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Batman: Long Halloween
15.  Batman: Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb
The list author says:
  ". . . and the two great epics from Loeb and Sale: The Long Halloween, which retcons the origins of Two-Face and the rise of the "freaks", and Dark Victory, which retcons the origins of Robin."
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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
16.  Batman: Gotham by Gaslight by Brian Augustyn
The list author says:
  "If that wasn’t confusing enough, DC launched a range of graphic novels/mini-series that sat OUTSIDE continuity - an excuse for writers/artists to “do their thang”, like Mignola's Victorian Batman . ."
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Batman: War on Crime
17.  Batman: War on Crime by Paul Dini
The list author says:
  ". . . Alex Ross's poetic "day-in-the-life", featuring beautiful photo-realistic painted art . . ."
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Batman: Child of Dreams
18.  Batman: Child of Dreams by Kia Asamiya
The list author says:
  ". . . Kia Asamiya’s stunning Manga take on Batman . . ."
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Batman and Dracula: Red Rain
19.  Batman and Dracula: Red Rain by Doug Moench
The list author says:
  ". . . and the infamous Bloodstorm trilogy where Batman becomes a vampire, literally a bat. Maaaaan!"
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Batman: Hush
20.  Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb
The list author says:
  "So there you go, three types of Batman book out there and those are the landmarks. What of Batman in the 21st century? First up is Hush, DAZZLING art and every ally, villain and fan boy scenario."
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Batman: Broken City
21.  Batman: Broken City by Brian Azzarello
The list author says:
  "Second up is Broken City, the polar opposite, low on gadgets, sidekicks and supervillains, with a hardboiled Batman that makes even Miller’s version look soft – imagine Batman in Sin City. Smashing!"
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Batman: War Games Act 1
22.  Batman: War Games Act 1 by Anderson Gabrych
The list author says:
  "The key epic of the recent times. Since No-Mans-Land Batman is increasingly insular, mean and fascist – a high-tech general, his sidekicks his troops, the city HIS domain. Wargames marks his hubris."
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Batman: Under the Hood
23.  Batman: Under the Hood by Judd Winick
The list author says:
  "The sequel. To be honest, apart from Miller and Moore, most of these books are great kids entertainment, but with War Games and Under The Hood the writing is as good as say Lost or CSI."
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Batman: Face the Face
24.  Batman: Face the Face by James Robinson
The list author says:
  "A new era begins, back to basics: just Batman, Robin, a returned Gordon, and the key supervillains. Old school superheroics and a warmer, humbler Batman."
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Batman & Son
25.  Batman & Son by Grant Morrison
The list author says:
  "I said new era but . . . here it begins: the famous Batman RIP storyline. After seventy years this is the end of Bruce Wayne as Batman."
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Last updated: 06/12/2008
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