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Initial post: 27 Dec 2012 22:59:18 GMT
Jay says:
The nolan films and arkham city have got me interested in reading a few. So far i've got the killing joke, batman year one and heart of hush.

I'm planning to get Batman and the Monster Men, Batman and the Mad Monk, The Man Who Laughs, The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, Hush and The Dark Knight Returns. Are there any other good ones I'm missing that compliment those well.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 11:29:48 GMT
Adam Adamant says:
Killing Joke A must have origin of the Joker
I'd go with the Frank Millers (Year 1 and Dark Knight Returns)
JM De Mathias Going Sane
I'd also go for Grant Morissons Arkham Asylum and 1st volume of the JLA
Essential Batman the O'Neil Neal Adams run (I think it starts in Essential Batman 4)
I'd also recomend the run that includes the Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers Laughing Fish joker story from detective if you can find it (maybe in an essential)

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 15:13:53 GMT
S. Clarke says:
The Joker fish story is available in The Joker:The Greatest Stories Ever Told, The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told and the entire Engleheart & Rogers run is in Strange Apparitions
Batman Child of Dreams Kia Asamiya
Plus votes for
Killing Joke
Arkham Asylum
Year 1
Dark Knight Returns
The Long Halloween
Dark Victory & Catwoman:When in Rome
The Man Who Laughs
Black & White Vol.1
Batman Detective and Death and the City by Paul Dini

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 01:41:42 GMT
Cyrus Boone says:
The Cult
A Death in the Family
Knightfall Trilogy
Contagion
Legacy
Cataclysm
No Mans Land
City of Crime

Are also good books if you find yourself venturing further with the Dark Knight.

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 09:49:35 GMT
Joe says:
If you like Hush I believe 'House of Hush' came out after 'Heart of Hush', also, although it's not Bruce Wayne as Batman, 'The Black Mirror' is a phenominal book. You can also get in on the ground floor and start reading some of the DC New 52 books, all of the first volumes are out with the second ones coming soon so you can try out some of the relaunched Batman titles from the beginning and they're fairly new-reader-friendly.

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 12:55:58 GMT
Thor says:
Judgement in Gotham is great Judge Dredd & Batman what more could you want?

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 12:55:59 GMT
Thor says:
Judgement in Gotham is great Judge Dredd & Batman what more could you want?

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 14:26:52 GMT
Although not essential, Superman/Batman is quite good ;)

Posted on 31 Dec 2012 17:29:03 GMT
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Posted on 31 Dec 2012 17:53:55 GMT
I would recommend these two in particular
1. The Long Halloween
2. Dark Victory

Other than these, "Batman vs Predator" is also very good!

Posted on 31 Dec 2012 18:44:50 GMT
who and why were the two posts deleted ?

Posted on 31 Dec 2012 23:22:26 GMT
J. Grinling says:
Scott Snyders current run is a fine place to start, as you already know the background...

Posted on 8 Jan 2013 10:19:38 GMT
Book Beaver says:
The Judge Dredd/Batman crossovers such as Judgement on Gotham, Vendetta in Gotham, The Ultimate Riddle and Die Laughing are excellent stories.

Posted on 11 Jan 2013 12:30:00 GMT
if youre into the joker storylines, i like Joker Joker HC (The Joker) and going sane Batman: Going Sane (Batman)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2013 08:27:29 GMT
If you enjoyed the films, I would also recommend the Knightfall/Knightsend books and No Mans Land, which Dark Knight Rises is based upon.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 08:44:44 GMT
dregj says:
jokers last laugh is brilliant as he he threatens the whole world
year one and killing joke overhyped
the whole no mans land /earth quake stuff was good but spread out over too many titles and issues

jason todds resurection red hood stuff is good too

and of course the dark knight returns

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 18:01:36 GMT
dregj says:
i like seeing him in jla out thinking aliens supervillans and such

Posted on 7 Feb 2013 19:46:55 GMT
you will have to dig deep into your pockets, but the only really reasonable place to start is of course :
Detective Comics 27

The first Batman story, "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate," was published in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). Finger said, "Batman was originally written in the style of the pulps,"[19] and this influence was evident with Batman showing little remorse over killing or maiming criminals. Batman proved a hit character, and he received his own solo title in 1940, while continuing to star in Detective Comics. By that time, National was the top-selling and most influential publisher in the industry; Batman and the company's other major hero, Superman, were the cornerstones of the company's success.[20] The two characters were featured side-by-side as the stars of World's Finest Comics, which was originally titled World's Best Comics when it debuted in fall 1940. Creators including Jerry Robinson and Dick Sprang also worked on the strips during this period.

Posted on 8 Feb 2013 09:35:55 GMT
Sam Quixote says:
If you download the free Comixology app, you can get a free electronic copy of the first Batman story ever written/drawn from Detective Comics #27 for your smart phone, tablet device, etc.

Posted on 8 Feb 2013 15:29:11 GMT
dregj says:
I still cant belive they killed off knight

Posted on 8 Feb 2013 20:55:59 GMT
start with syfy channel this thursday at 10.00.....................

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 16:21:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jan 2014 09:36:28 GMT
Ben J says:
Little bit late to the discussion, but would I really recommend getting the Scott Snyder graphic novels. I collected the individual issues and had to wait a month for them which was painful :)
Volume 1: The Court of Owls has to be one of the best Batman stories arcs in a long tong and the art by Spawns Greg Capullo is fantastic. Volume 2: The City of Owls concludes this amazing story along with giving us a look at Alfred's family history.
Then Volume 3: Death of the Family was another absolute blinder. The Joker is back and is more dangerous than ever.
Currently reading the story arc that will be in volume 4: Zero Year so cannot comment on that, but must say Snyder is on a roll.

There are so many good Batbooks out there (most of which I own) but this run by Snyder is way up there with the greats.
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