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Top 20 Batman Graphic Novels

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Rated 11 points - posted 8 years ago by pxc0 in category Books.
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Batman: The Killing Joke Report Abuse
Penned by legendary comic book writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, etc) this is widely considered the best portrayal of the twisted dichotomy that exists between The Batman and his biggest rival The Joker. Creepy and disturbing, Moore's psychotic, nihilistic version of The Joker had a tremendous influence of Heath Ledger portrayal of the character.
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The Dark Knight Returns Report Abuse
Frank Miller's futuristic re imagining of the Batman mythos. Here we find an old, bitter, unstable Batman on the edge of sanity and willing to pursue violence to achieve his goals. Miller's darker, brooding Batman reinvented the character and was the basis for Nolan's movie version of the Caped Crusader
200 points - added 8 years ago by pxc0 - 1 comment
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batman as he really is
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Batman: Year One Report Abuse
Another Frank Miller book, this battles The Dark Knight Returns for "Greatest Batman Story" honors. Miller brings the Batman story to the beginning, showing Bruce Wayne's struggles in channeling his grief over his parent's death into the drive to become the world's greatest vigilante.
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DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER! MANY OF THE SUMMERIES OF THESE GRAPHIC NOVELS CONTAIN MAJOR SPOILERS IN THE DESCRIPTIONS!!!!!
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Batman: The Long Halloween Report Abuse
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Hush Vol. 1 & 2 Report Abuse
Perhaps the most controversial title on the list, hardcore fans either love it or hate it. Either way this story arc made some of the most major changes to the Batman continuity ever seen in one title: Batman dates Catwoman, Two-Face gets his face fixed, and Jason Todd's dead body goes missing
183 points - added 8 years ago by pxc0 - 4 comments
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great art
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I liked the graphic novel HUSH. However, alot of this missing parts get filled in at the end which in my opinion is a mistake. The author should have explained throughout the story why or how each villian was involved. Either batman deduces why or Hush is seen paying off the villians throughout each chapter. The story would have flowed much better. For example, they should have shown how Scarecrow does the pysche tests on each person and then gives the folder to Hush. IMO This novel gets its ass kicked when compared to Knightfall where every detail is explained! I still liked it though!
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The reason why this is so controversial is because of the story. As a whole the story is dumb. The author tries to squeeze in as many cameos as he can, tries to be epic with all the "twists", and the ending is insultingly stupid and predictable. However, the artwork is very attractive, and there are some good scenes. I'd say about 60% of it was good, but the other 40% is unforgiving to the point that I would never recommend this to someone who likes Batman stories. If you're the kind of person that thinks the movie "Avatar" is the best thing ever, then you'd probably like this book.
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I hadn't read the 2nd one yet... thanks for ruining the surprises :(
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Batman: Dark Victory Report Abuse
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I may be a little late to the article (5 years late), but Dark Victory should not be #6 on this list. It is a recycled version of The Long Halloween, with subtle difference and the inclusion of Robin.
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Batman: Arkham Asylum Report Abuse
A mind bending Batman tale from the twisted mind of Grant Morrison. This book turns the classic Batman story on its ear - Batman is locked in Arkham Asylum and must confront the dark psychological issues of the mad men he pursues as well as his own. Morrison holds a mirror to Batman and asks: Is he really any more sane than the people he locks up?
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I picked this graphic novel up, flicked through it an put it back on the shelf maybe 5 times over 3 years and then, one day, almost out of desperation, I picked it up and bought it. I was completely gobsmacked by it. It is now my favorite Batman GN and I recommend it to anyone that likes a mixture of the darker side of the bat with incredible graphics. To be read to be believed.
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Batman: The Man Who Laughs Report Abuse
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JLA: Tower of Babel Report Abuse
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Batman: A Death in the Family Report Abuse
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Batman: Blind Justice Report Abuse
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Batman: Son of the Demon Report Abuse
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Batman: The Cult Report Abuse
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Batman: Gothic Report Abuse
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Batman Adventures: Mad Love Report Abuse
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Batman Knightfall Part 1 Report Abuse
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Batman: Haunted Knight Report Abuse
Three dark tales of horror and intrigue featuring Batman facing off against his most demented and wicked foes. Taking place on the most evil of holidays, Halloween, the Dark Knight Detective confronts his deepest fears as he tries to stop the madness and horror created by Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Poison Ivy and the Joker.
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Batman: Venom Report Abuse
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Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying Report Abuse
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Batman: R.I.P. Report Abuse
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Batman: No Man's Land Report Abuse
If you filter out just the best stories in this epic arc it easily ranks in the top 10. Hell the Joker shoots the Huntress, kills Sarah Gorden and has Max Cort shoot his own policemen. Not to mention Firefly get's roasts himself and there's an all out war for territory.
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All Star Batman and Robin Report Abuse
One of the most talked-about Batman stories ever - conceived by modern master Frank Miller (BATMAN: YEAR ONE, THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS) and artists extraordinaire Jim Lee & Scott Williams (BATMAN, SUPERMAN) join forces to tell a new version of Dick Grayson's origin in a high-octane tale that unfolds with guest appearances by Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Black Canary, and more! Best part, Robin paints the room, himself, and Batman yellow to get under Green Lantern's skin.
23 points - added 8 years ago by IpalindromeI - 1 comment
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people complain about this book but if you stop at issue 9 it is a complete story. frank miller proves his greatness.
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Batman: War Games 1, 2, & 3 Report Abuse
it is a the book where spoiler dies and when they introduce blackmask
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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Report Abuse
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Although not initially published as such, Gotham by Gaslight was retroactively designated the first title in the Elseworlds imprint and is the book which laid the foundations for the concept. Reimagining the Batman in the Victorian era, this novel depicts Jack the Ripper re-emerging in Gotham to continue his murdrous career, and squaring off against the cities self-appointed dark protector. Though not especially long, Gotham by Gaslight is a well-rounded and cleverly executed subversion of an immensely popular character and which laid the groundworks for years of imagination and reinvention. Mike Mignola's artwork also deserves a special mention; understated, dark and emotive, it is the perfect companion to the story.
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Batman: Prey Report Abuse
Hugo Strange get's the Gotham police force to go after Batman.
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Batman & Dracula: Red Rain Report Abuse
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Batman: Black and White Vol. 1 Report Abuse
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Batman: War games 1, 2, Report Abuse
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