Batman is one of our favorite comic book characters from DC Comics. Making his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 from May 1939, Batman is a character with a lot of history. There are so many iconic Batman stories that it can be almost too difficult to choose your favorite ones. Well, we here at My Comic Universe did our best to pick out our top 7 Batman stories.
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#7: Batman Earth One
Geoff Johns and Gary Frank
Fallible, vulnerable, and angry.
In a Gotham City where friend and foe are indistinguishable, Bruce Wayne’s path toward becoming the Dark Knight is riddled with more obstacles than ever before. Focused on punishing his parents’ true killers, and the corrupt police that allowed them to go free, Bruce Wayne’s thirst for vengeance fuels his mad crusade and no one, not even Alfred, can stop him.
#6: Batman: Birth of the Demon
Written by Denny O’Neil
A collection of the three DEMON tales, each story explores the connection between Batman and the villain Ra’s al Ghul. The first tale focuses on the two teaming up and a union between the Dark Knight and Talia al Ghul; the second focuses on Ra’s attempting to father a heir; and the third explores the real story behind the seemingly immortal villain and his motivation for world domination.
#5: Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
Written by Grant Morrison and art by Dave McKean
The inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over Gotham’s detention center for the criminally insane on April Fool’s Day, demanding Batman in exchange for their hostages. Accepting their demented challenge, Batman is forced to endure the personal hells of the Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and many other sworn enemies in order to save the innocents and retake the prison. During his run through this absurd gauntlet, the Dark Knight’s must face down both his most dangerous foes and his inner demons.
#4: A Death in the Family
Written by Jim Starlin and illustrated by Jim Aparo
Batman readers were allowed to vote on the outcome of the story and they decided that Robin should die! As the second person to assume the role of Batman’s sidekick, Jason Todd had a completely different personality than the original Robin. Rash and prone to ignore Batman’s instructions, Jason was always quick to act without regard to consequences. In this fatal instance, Robin ignores his mentor’s warnings when he attempts to take on the Joker by himself and pays the ultimate price. Driven by anger with Superman by his side, Batman seeks his vengeance as he looks to end the Joker’s threat forever.
#3: Under the Red Hood
Written by Judd Winick and Art by Doug Mahnke
This one definitely had to make our list; and along with the comic book, we are also recommending the animated movie based on this story arc.
Batman is confronted with a hidden face from the past — it’s the return of the vigilante Red Hood who appears to be Batman’s one-time partner Jason Todd, the same Jason Todd that died many years ago. But the Red Hood’s violent ways pit him against the Dark Knight in his hunt for the very person responsible for his death: The Joker.
Written by Jeph Loeb and art by Jim Lee
Covering Batman issues 608 – 619
One thing to note is the B variant for Batman #608 is highly desired as this is the Jim Lee variant.
BATMAN: HUSH is a thrilling mystery of action, intrigue, and deception penned by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by comics superstar Jim Lee in which Batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious mastermind using the Joker, Riddler, Ra’s al Ghul and the Dark Knight’s other enemies – and allies – as pawns in a plan to wreak havoc.
#1: The Long Halloween
Another Jeph Loeb story with art by Tim Sale
Taking place during Batman’s early days of crime fighting, this new edition of the classic mystery tells the story of a mysterious killer who murders his prey only on holidays. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that has the reader continually guessing the identity of the killer, this story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman’s deadly enemy, Two-Face.
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