The Golden Age, Silver age, each Elsworlds, Future and all the Others are all Seperated Timelines and have no links to each other. "All the Others" correspond to the modern age and current timeline.
Pictures and Comments on why theses stories should be read will come soon.
The stories are in somewhat reading orders. But Here are a few recommended starting points (meaning that if you need to start, pick only one of these and go on from there, you won't fall in the middle of a storyline or have missed necessary events):
- Batman: Year One
- The Long Halloween
- Sword of Azreal / Vengence of Bane / Knightfall
- No Man's Land
- Birth of the Demon / Batman & Son
- Court of Owls
- Batman Rebirth
All golden age stories from Detecive Comics, Batman, World's Finiest and many more.
- Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus vol.1
- Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus vol.2
Silver Age: Showcase presents Batman
Presents great early silver age stories.
- Showcase presents Batman vol.1
- Showcase presents Batman vol.2
- Showcase presents Batman vol.3
- Showcase presents Batman vol.4
- Showcase presents Batman vol.5
- Showcase presents Batman vol.6
Silver Age: Legends of the Dark Knight
Presents Jim Aparo's long 70's Batman team-up run on The Brave and The Bold.
- Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo vol.1
- Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo vol.2
Silver Age: Dark Detective / Strange Apparitions
Two of the greatest late silver age stories.
- Batman: Dark Detective
- Batman: Strange Apparitions
The Dark Knight Returns - First story by Frank Miller who previously revolutionized Daredevil for Marvel. Bruce Wayne is old, Batman is retired, but it won't last. A very dark story where Batman will have to fight Superman. Story that inspired Batman vs. Superman.
- Gotham by Gaslight - First Elseworld story by DC placing Batman in a Steampunk Univers.
- Batman Vampire (collected) - What if Batman was a Vampire ?
- The Doom that Came to Gotham - Batman against the Ktulu by the team that brought Hellboy.
- Batman: Year One - First modern age strory after the 1986 DC reboot written by the talented Frank Miller telling the definitive Batman's origins. Story that inspired Batman Begins.
- The Man Who Laughs - Follow-up to Year One written in 2005 telling the first Joker-Batman encounter.
Dark Moon Rising
- Batman & The Monster Men - First Batman adventures introducing the modern Julie Madison (a Bruce Wayne's love interrest) and retelling the first encounter with the Professor Hugo Strange.
- Batman & The Mad Monk - Sequel to Batman & The Monstern Man with the return of Julie and Norman Madison where Batman has to deal with a vampiric monk.
Early Legends of the Dark Knight
- Shaman - Batman against a strange cult that will bring him up to Alaska.
- Gothic - The brand new dark knight must face demons of hundreds of years. First Batman story by the talented Grant Morison.
- Prey - Dr Hugo Strange against Batman inplying the Mayer, The GCPD and Catwoman. Strange is hired to be the Batman specialist to help catch him. But his obscession of the Bat will have the better of him.
- Venom - Under the hood Batman is only a human. After a failled saving, he will sink in drugs for the better or the worth....
- The Long Halloween - How did the youngest district attourney, friend of Bruce Wayne and James Gordon, devoted fighter against Gotham's crime bosses became one of Batman's greatest enemie: Two-Face ?
- Dark Victory - Sequel to the Long Halloween in which Gotham once controled by organized crime falls under the hands of freaks. First appearance of Robin.
Robin: The origins
Retelling of Robin's origins (That you can also find in Dark Victory) in a 4 issues mini-serie published as a stand-alone or alongside Batgirl: Year one.
- Robin: Year One
- Batgirl / Robin: Year One
Robin: from Dick Grayson to the Teen Titans
- Batman Chronicles: the Gauntlet - Dick's "final exam" before allowed the costume of Robin.
- Teen Titans: Year One - Re-imagining how the Teen Titans got to be.
Blink: A Mysterious blind man
Collects the two stories of Blink and Don't Blink.
- Batman: Blink - A mysterious blind with the ability to mind-read manipulates a serial killer.
- Batman: Snow - The very sad and well written origin's of Dr. Freeze.
- Batman: Mr. Freeze - Thrilling vengence of Mr.Freeze by Paul Dini (writter of Batman the Animated Serie)
A dark story about crimes and child abuse. With very particular art in a unique format. Collected as a stand alone or in the Archie Goodwin Omnibus.
- Batman: Night Cries
- Tales of the Batman: Archi Goodwin
Ra's Al Ghul aka The Demon
- Tales of the Demon (collected) - Collection of all the Silver Age story involving maybe who is to be the greatest of all Batman's villain: Ra's Al Ghul (aka The Demon)
- CollecBirth of the Demon (collected) - Collects the entire Demon trilogy, which serves as a prequel to Grant Morrison's critically acclaimed Batman and Son.
Very personnal adventures, retelling or continuing some classic stories, free of continuity, which means more freedom for the writters.
- Rules of Engagement - Go back to Batman's roots and learn where the Dark Knight got the weapons he uses in his war on crime.
- Lovers and Madmen - Discover how Batman first crossed paths with the punk who was destined to become his deadliest foe.
- The Wrath - A mysterious foe that is so much alike the Bat. How is that possible ?
- Batgirl: Year One (also printed in Batgirl / Robin: Year one) - Origin story of Batgirl, on how Commisionner Gordon's daughter got to be another of Batman's allies.
- The Killing Joke - Only Batman Story by Alan Moore, giving his own interpretations of the Joker. The mad Joker will kidnap and torture Comissionner Gordon whose daughter is Barbara (aka Batgirl), while he reminds himself of his early days and how much he hates the Bat and all his allies. This book serves as an origin story for the Joker.
- New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
- Nightwing: Year One
- Arkham Asylum: A serious House on a serious Earth
- Arkham Asylum: Living Hell
- The Cult
A sad tragedy - Robin II and III
- A Death in the Family
- A Lonely Place of Dying
- Run, Riddler Run
- Dark Knight, Dark City
- Blind Justice
Black and White
- Batman: Black and White vol.1
- Batman: Black and White vol.2
- Batman: Black and White vol.3
- Batman: Black and White vol.4
Azrael and Bane - Knightfall Prequels
- Sword of Azrael (also published in Azrael: Fallen Angel)
- Vengence of Bane (published in Batman versus Bane)
- Knightfall vol.1 - KnightFall
- Knightfall vol.2 - KnightQuest
- Knightfall vol.3 - KnightsEnd
Prodigal - Knightfall Aftermath
- Troika (uncollected)
- Batman: Anarchy
Dark Gotham: Epidemic - No Man's Land Prequels I
Dark Gotham: Quake - No Man's Land Prequels II
- Aftershock (published in Road to No Man's Land)
- Batman Faces
- Batman vs. Two-Face
- Two-Face: Crime and Punishment
No Man's Land
- No Man's Land vol.1
- No Man's Land vol.2
- No Man's Land vol.3
- No Man's Land vol.4
- No Man's Land vol.5
New Gotham - No Man's Land Aftermath I
- New Gotham: Evolution
- New Gotham: Officer Down
Bruce Wayne - No Man's Land Aftermath II
- Bruce Wayne Murderer ?
- Bruce Wayne Fugitive
- Mad Love
- Dc Comics Presents: Harley Quinn
Catwoman by Ed Brubaker
- Trail of the Catwoman
- No Easy Way Down
- Under Pressure
- The One You Love
- Backward Masking
- Final Jeopardy
- Gotham Central vol.1
- Gotham Central vol.2
- Gotham Central vol.3
- Gotham Central vol.4
Tower of Babel
- JSA: Tower of Babel
- Batman: Hush
Batman by Brian Azzarello
- Broken City
- War Drums
- War Games
- War Crimes
- Under the Red Hood
Batman Detective and Heart of Hush
- Batman Detective
- Private Casebook
- Heart of Hush
Batman and Son
- Batman & Son
- The Black Glove
- The Resurection of Ra's Al Ghul
Black Casebook - Prequel for the upcomming Batman run
- Batman: Black Casebook
- Final Crisis
- Batman: RIP
- Battle for the Cowl
- Batman: Reborn
- Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn
- Batwoman: Elegy
Streets of Gotham
- Streets of Gotham: Hush Money
- Streets of Gotham: Leviathan
- Streets of Gotham: The House of Hush
Dick and Damian
- Batman & Robin: Batman vs. Robin
- Batman & Robin: Batman must die
- Batman & Robin: White Knight vs. Dark Knight
- Batman: Eye of the Beholder
- Batman: The Black Mirror
The Return of Bruce Wayne
- Time and the Batman
- The Return of Bruce Wayne
- Batman Incorporated vol.1
- Gates of Gotham
- The World of Flashpoint Featuring Batman
- Penguin: Pain and Prejudice
- Batman and Robin: Born to Kill
- Batman and Robin: Pearl
- Batman and Robin: Death of The Familly
- Batman Incorporated: Demon Star
- Batman Incorporated: Gotham's Most Wanted
- Batman and Robin: Requiem
The Dark Knight
- Batman, The Dark Knight: Golden Dawn
- Batman, The Dark Knight: Knight Terror
- Batman, The Dark Knight: Cycle of Violence
- Batman, The Dark Knight: Mad
- Batman, The Dark Knight: Clay
- Court of Owls
- Night of Owls
- Death in the Familly
- Zero Year
- Knigthwing vol.2 - 1-5
- Grayson - 1-4
- DC Univers: Rebirth
- Batman: I am Gotham