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#1  Edited By Masterofnone169

So recently I made a list of the full timeline of Batman from when he first put on the Cowl - The New 52. However the list is near impossible to collection without winning the Lottery.

Because of this I am going to write a list that I think are the most important stories in batman career.

  1. Batman: Year One
  2. Batman: The Man Who Laughs
  3. Batman: The Long Halloween
  4. Batman: Dark Victory
  5. Batman: Gauntlet
  6. Robin: Year One
  7. Batgirl: Year One
  8. Batman :The Killing Joke
  9. Arkham Asylum A Serious House On Serious Earth
  10. Batman: Death In The Family
  11. Batman: A Lonely Place Of Dying
  12. Robin: A Hero Reborn
  13. Batman: Knightfall Part 1 - 3
  14. Batman: Prodical
  15. Batman: Cataclysm
  16. Batman: No Man's Land Part 1 - 5
  17. Batman: Evolution (New Gotham Vol 1)
  18. Batman: Officer Down (New Gotham Vol 2)
  19. Batman: Hush
  20. Batman: War Drums
  21. Batman: War Games Vol 1 - 3
  22. Identity Crisis
  23. The OMAC Project
  24. Batman And Son
  25. Batman: Resurrection of Ra's Ah Ghul
  26. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
  27. Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

That Should be everything Novel you need to understand the whole Batman universe and what happens.

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#2  Edited By RoboShark

I would include Son Of The Demon, to me it's a very potent and relevant older story. Simply because that was the inception of Damian.

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#3  Edited By Masterofnone169

@RoboShark: Sure just so long as you tell where to put it in the list.

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#4  Edited By RoboShark

Atleast at 12.

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#5  Edited By superbatprime

No Black Glove & RIP?

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#6  Edited By TrueIlluminatus

The Black Mirror should be here, as well as Under the Red Hood.

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  1. Batman: Year One
  2. Batman: The Man Who Laughs
  3. Batman: The Long Halloween
  4. Batman: Dark Victory
  5. Batman: Gauntlet
  6. Robin: Year One
  7. Batgirl: Year One
  8. Batman: Second Chances
  9. Nightwing: Year One
  10. Batman: The Cult
  11. Batman: Ten nights of the beast
  12. Batman :The Killing Joke
  13. Arkham Asylum A Serious House On Serious Earth
  14. Batman: Death In The Family
  15. Batman: A Lonely Place Of Dying
  16. Robin: A Hero Reborn
  17. Batman: Knightfall Part 1 - 3
  18. Batman: Prodical
  19. Batman: Cataclysm
  20. Batman: No Man's Land Part 1 - 5
  21. Batman: Evolution (New Gotham Vol 1)
  22. Batman: Officer Down (New Gotham Vol 2)
  23. Batman: Hush why is hush here? All it gives us is hush.
  24. Batman: War Drums
  25. Batman: War Games Vol 1 - 3
  26. Batman: Under The Redhood& Batman annual 25
  27. Identity Crisis
  28. The OMAC Project
  29. Batman And Son
  30. Batman: Resurrection of Ra's Ah Ghul
  31. Batman:Black Glove
  32. Batman: Rip
  33. Final crisis
  34. Batman: Battle for the Cowl
  35. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne
  36. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
  37. Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

That Should be everything Novel you need to understand the whole Batman universe and what happens.

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@obsidian_raindrop1: I would add Mad Love that acts as a Harley Quinn Year One even if it's not canon. How about early stories such as Mad Monk ? Since Resurrectioni of Ra's Al Ghul is here, there should be Son of the Demon tpb. Also If Hush should be included (because Bruce Wayne reveals himself to catwoman), better Hush stories should be included such as Heart of Hush. There is also nothing on the Riddler (Dark night, dark city and Riddle me that). IMO The Dark Knight Strikes Again can be skipped.

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