Batman: What tpb/book to read [Updated 26 Feb]

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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
  • Hush
  • Birth of the Demon / Batman & Son
  • Court of Owls
  • Batman Rebirth

Golden Age

All golden age stories from Detecive Comics, Batman, World's Finiest and many more.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Batman: Dark Detective
  • Batman: Strange Apparitions

The Future

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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.

Elseworld

  • 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.
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The Begining

  • 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.
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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.
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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....
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Gotham's Mob

  • 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.
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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
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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.
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Blink: A Mysterious blind man

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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.

Dr. Freeze

  • 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)
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Night Cries

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
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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.
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Batman Confidential

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 ?
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Batgirl

  • 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.
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Nightwing

  • New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
  • Nightwing: Year One
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Arkham Asylum

  • Arkham Asylum: A serious House on a serious Earth
  • Arkham Asylum: Living Hell
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The Cult

  • The Cult
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A sad tragedy - Robin II and III

  • A Death in the Family
  • A Lonely Place of Dying
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The Riddler

  • Run, Riddler Run
  • Dark Knight, Dark City
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Henry Ducard

  • Blind Justice
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Black and White

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  • 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)
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Knightfall

  • Knightfall vol.1 - KnightFall
  • Knightfall vol.2 - KnightQuest
  • Knightfall vol.3 - KnightsEnd
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Prodigal - Knightfall Aftermath

  • Prodigal
  • Troika (uncollected)
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Anarchy

  • Batman: Anarchy
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Dark Gotham: Epidemic - No Man's Land Prequels I

  • Concagion
  • Legacy
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Dark Gotham: Quake - No Man's Land Prequels II

  • Cataclysm
  • Aftershock (published in Road to No Man's Land)
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Two-Face

  • Batman Faces
  • Batman vs. Two-Face
  • Two-Face: Crime and Punishment
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No Man's Land

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  • 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
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Bruce Wayne - No Man's Land Aftermath II

  • Bruce Wayne Murderer ?
  • Bruce Wayne Fugitive
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Harley Quinn

  • Mad Love
  • Dc Comics Presents: Harley Quinn
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Catwoman by Ed Brubaker

  • Trail of the Catwoman
  • No Easy Way Down
  • Under Pressure
  • The One You Love
  • Backward Masking
  • Final Jeopardy
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Gotham Central

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  • Gotham Central vol.1
  • Gotham Central vol.2
  • Gotham Central vol.3
  • Gotham Central vol.4

Tower of Babel

  • JSA: Tower of Babel
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Hush

  • Batman: Hush
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Batman by Brian Azzarello

  • Broken City
  • Joker

Batman: War

  • War Drums
  • War Games
  • War Crimes

Red Hood

  • 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

Batman RIP

  • Final Crisis
  • Batman: RIP
  • Battle for the Cowl

Batman Reborn

  • Batman: Reborn
  • Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn

Batwoman

  • 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 Franchise

  • Batman Incorporated vol.1

Gotham

  • Gates of Gotham

Flashpoint

  • Flashpoint
  • The World of Flashpoint Featuring Batman

The Penguin

  • Penguin: Pain and Prejudice

Damian Wayne

  • 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

New 52

  • Court of Owls
  • Night of Owls
  • Death in the Familly
  • Zero Year

Grayson

  • Knigthwing vol.2 - 1-5
  • Grayson - 1-4

Rebirth

  • DC Univers: Rebirth
  • Batman: I am Gotham
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#1 Posted by jb681131 (1814 posts) - - Show Bio

Here are my recommended readings for Batman.

Pictures and Comments on why each should be read will come soon.

Any suggestions and comments are welcome.

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#2 Posted by lxlGiftedlxl (2427 posts) - - Show Bio

Excellent post!

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#4 Posted by jb681131 (1814 posts) - - Show Bio

bump. added a few pictures and some explainations.

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#6 Posted by Revive (466 posts) - - Show Bio

This list seems very helpful. You should get a mod to pin it for you.

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#7 Posted by jb681131 (1814 posts) - - Show Bio

@eto said:

Magnificent @jb681131:

Thanks

@revive said:

This list seems very helpful. You should get a mod to pin it for you.

I might when I'll have completed it.

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#8 Posted by jb681131 (1814 posts) - - Show Bio

bump. slight update with Robin's origins and the stories about Blink.

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#9 Posted by Nathaniel_Christopher (3250 posts) - - Show Bio

@jb681131 None of Tim Drake's solo series? What about Birds of Prey?

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#10 Posted by jb681131 (1814 posts) - - Show Bio

@jb681131 None of Tim Drake's solo series? What about Birds of Prey?

Yes, I'll try to add some, but I don't know which to add, it seems like they are all needed.

bump.

added info on Ra's Al Ghul and Batman Confidential

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#12 Posted by jb681131 (1814 posts) - - Show Bio

@digitalshooter9: Thanks but I'm not finished. I need to add some pics and explaination as well as some solo Tim Drake and some Birds of Prey. If you've got more suggestion. I'm thinking also of adding Batman: Year 100 by Paul Pope.

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#13 Edited by tparks (9512 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm going to use this, and recommend to my friends who keep talking about getting into comics with Batman, which is a seriously overwhelming thing to do. This is very helpful

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#14 Edited by jb681131 (1814 posts) - - Show Bio

@tparks said:

I'm going to use this, and recommend to my friends who keep talking about getting into comics with Batman, which is a seriously overwhelming thing to do. This is very helpful

For a very short list:

  1. Batman: Year One
  2. Killing Joke
  3. Hush

For a bit longer list:

  • The Dark Knight
  • Batman: Year One
  • The Long Halloween (/ Dark Victory)
  • Batgirl / Robin: Year One or Batgirl: Year One if you've read Dark Victory
  • A Death in the Familly / A Lonely Place of Dying
  • The Killing Joke
  • Hush
  • Batman & Son
  • Court of Owls / Night of Owls
  • Batman: Rebirth

If they don't care about continuity:

  • Serious house on a serious earth (aka Arkham Asylum)
  • Vengence of Bane
  • Snow
  • Dark knight, Dark city
  • Broken City
  • Joker
  • Bruce Wayne: Muderer / Fugitive
  • Streets of Gotham
  • Black Mirror
  • Batwoman: Elegy
  • Gates of Gotham
  • Penguin: Pain and Predjudice
  • Living Hell
  • Cycle of Violence
  • Clay

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#16 Posted by jb681131 (1814 posts) - - Show Bio

Bump - Add of a few pics

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