What are the best Batman comics

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This is one of the most common and difficult questions about Batman.

The fact is that the Batman series is pretty much going on right now and a smooth entry is almost impossible if you have no previous knowledge. 'Batman R.I.P' in particular can be very confusing for newbies and cause them to lose interest in comics.

We have therefore put together a small guide with Batman anthologies for you, with which you can enter the world of comics relatively easily, without to lose the desire to read.

It should be noted that some comics are currently very difficult and available as German editions for expensive money. If you have no problem with the English version, you can therefore also fall back on the US editions.

The classics

These comics are definitely one of the cornerstones when it comes to Batman history as we know it today. If you ask a Bat fan about the best comics, you will definitely find the following stories:

Batman: The first year
(Batman: Year One)

Written by Frank Miller with drawings by David Mazzucchelli, this comic tells the story of Batman's origins. Bruce Wayne returns from his stay abroad and takes on the identity of the crime fighter to tackle injustice in Gotham City. So to speak, 'Batman's Begins' in comics.

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Batman: Arkham Asylum
The comic by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean is more psychological and shows the reader the relationship between Batman and his enemies. You can also learn the origin of Gotham's insane asylum, the Arkham Asylum.

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Batman: The Killing Joke
Another milestone in Batman history. Alan Moore and Brian Bolland present us a classic Joker vs. Batman duel that gets under your skin. In addition, the origin story of the Joker is told.

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Batman: The Long Halloween
(Batman: The Long Halloween)

A detective thriller set in the first year of Batman's appearance. Batman and the police must stop the serial killer Holiday, which strikes every holiday. In addition to guest appearances by all known Batman villains, the genesis of Two-Face is also described. Very gripping comic by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.

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Batman: The Return of the Dark Knight
(Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)

Frank Miller's masterpiece hit like a bomb in 1986 and ushered in the grim and gritty era for Batman. The comic is set in the 1980s. Bruce Wayne, around 55 years old, retired and gave up his life as Batman over 10 years ago. Gotham City has become a juggernaut of violence and injustice again and is being harassed by a new gang, the mutants. Wayne can no longer bear the current situation in his city and takes on the identity of the dark knight again. In a campaign against the mutants and other criminals, he wants to cleanse his city of evil. Unlike in the previous comics, Batman is more committed to vigilante justice and uses tougher methods to achieve his goals. Although the comic runs outside of the Batman continuity, it clearly shows the motivations of the man behind the mask.

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Other Recommendations

These stories do not currently have the status of classic, but they are still some of Batman's best adventures and also offer a successful introduction to his comic world.





Chronological order

If you would like to read the comics in the order in which they are located in the Batman Chronology, proceed as follows:

1.Batman: The first year
(Batman: Year One)
2.DC Premium 38 - Batman: The Files
(Batman: The Man Who Laughs)
3.Batman: The long Halloween
(Batman: The Long Halloween)
4.Batman: Dark Victory
5.Batman: The Killing Joke
6.Batman: Arkham Asylum
7.Batman: Hush
8.Batman: The Return of the Dark Knight
(Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)


And then?

Thanks to the large portfolio of German and American comics, everything is open to you. The jump into the monthly magazine series should perhaps not be made with 'Batman R.I.P.', but only afterwards with 'Batman 34'. Alternatively, you can of course start with issue 1 of the 'Batman from 2007' series and work your way up to the current issue. ;)

With the editions of the 'DC Premium' and 'Batman Sonderband' series, self-contained stories are also presented, some of which are outside the monthly series.



Many thanks to 'Der Schmu' and 'Ollie' for their help. :)