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With Batman v Superman just a few months away, I wanted to take some time to share my top 5 Batman story arcs. These are some of my personal favorites but really this list is more of 101 in batman, so if you are new to comics and are looking for some good batman story this is a good place to start. I Tried to keep as spoiler free as possible.
5. Flashpoint knight of vengeances\Flashpoint
Released in 2011, written by Brian Azzarello with art by Eduardo Risso
Written by Geoff johns with art by Andy Kubert
Knight of vengeance takes place in the Flashpoint universe. An alternate time line in which the world is a much darker place and on the brink of a war that could end civilization as we know it, To get the full story you have to read both “The Flash: Flashpoint” and “Flashpoint: Knight of vengeance”. This is the order in which I read it.
In this alternate universe Bruce Wayne is gunned down in the ally by joe chill sending his father Dr. Thomas Wayne down the path of becoming a more gruesome, bloodier Batman. The Flash: Flashpoint follows the flash trying to restore the time line, while saving the world with the help of Dr. Wayne’s Batman. Knight of vengeance follows Dr. Wayne’s hunt for this universe’s joker.
4. The Long Halloween
Released in 96-97, written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale
The thirteenth issue story follows the case of a serial killer as he begins knocking off leading members of the Gotham’s biggest crime families. Each murder coincides with a Holiday eventually dubbing the killer “Holiday”. Batman hunts “Holiday” with the help of district attorney Harvey Dent who is also trying to put together a case against organized crime in Gotham. while following leads batman crosses paths with many of his famous nemesis, from the joker to Solomon Grundy (he was born on a Monday). The art adds a very unique look and feel to the story. The joker and Catwoman’s design in The Long Halloween are some of my favorite interpretations of the characters. When reading the book it is apparent that it has Heavily Influenced Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film “The Dark Knight” but does not take away from either story.
3. Death of the Family
Released in 2012, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo
After a long hiatus the joker makes his return to Gotham in a way that only the joker can, complete chaos. The joker declares war on the Bat family (robin, red robin, batgirl, Knightwing and red hood) and pretty much anyone close to batman, blaming them for batman becoming, in his eyes, soft. He claims to know the entire bat family’s secret identities and tells them they have 72 hours to live. Batman must find a way to stop the joker while keeping those close to him safe. Death of the family offers a look into the psychology of the joker and his relationship with batman. Thanks to Snyder and Capullo, Death of the Family has the power to make you feel completely uncomfortable and vulnerable from cover to cover.
2. The Dark Knight Returns
Released in 1986, written by Frank Miller with art by Klaus Janson and Miller
Frank Millers’ the Dark Knight Returns is not only regarded as one of the greatest batman stories but one of the best and Greatest Graphic novels of all time. After being retired for more then tens years Bruce Wayne feels the need to once again put on the cape. The older, meaner batman has to take on new and old threats a like. The Dark Knight Returns is also the go to story line for Batman and superman facing off against one another. I expect the story line of the new Batman v Superman movie to be completely different but I’m sure there will be a lot of “Nods” to the book.
1. The Court of Owls
Released in 2011, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo
For the second time on this list the duo of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo team up for the best batman story arcs in years complete with a new and terrifying villain. Batman is pretty sure that he knows Gotham like the back of his hand and thinks of it as his city. When he disrupts the plans of the court of owls he quickly learns gotham city belongs to them and they assure him they were here long before batman and they will be here long after him. Both Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are firing on cylinders for this one. Years of Scott Snyder writing horror comics give the book a fresh and disturbing vibe to the batman story. Greg Capullo seems to be born to draw batman and not to mention the chilling character design for the owl masks and talon.
Death In The Family
Batman Year One
Under The Hood
Batman and Robin