Well, dudes I was all ready to go with my first post in ages– a typical Wednesday Wants. But when it comes down to it, what kind of Batman fan would I be if I didn’t make a special post for Batman’s 75th anniversary! A shit one, that’s what kind.
It’s no secret to anyone that’s ever met me that I LOVE me some Batman and the whole Bat Universe. Everyday, my dad posts a new Adam West picture on my Facebook wall. Hell, the picture my coworkers posted on our library’s website to say goodbye to me was a sad Dick Grayson.
So basically, there was no way I wasn’t going to whip up a LITTLE something last minute for Batman Day! I’ve already done a post on one good way to delve into the world of Batman, but I’ve never discussed what Bat books and story arcs are my faaaavorites.
SO LETS GET ON THAT, SHALL WE?
Batman: No Man’s Land
In Batman: No Man’s Land, Gotham has faced a devastating earthquake which basically destroys the entire city. The government declares Gotham a “No Man’s Land” and destroys all bridges leading in and out (seems like a trend in Gotham… maybe they should find better entrnces and exits).
So there’s all sorts of power struggles and turf wars and gang violence. PLUS, this storyline marks the first appearance of both Harley Quinn in the DCU proper AND Cassandra Cain, the second Batgirl! Totally recommended!
Oh, and did I mention that it’s penned by my favorite comic book writer of all time, Greg Rucka? Oh yeah. That!
Bruce Wayne: Murderer?/Fugitive
In this storyline, Bruce Wayne is accused of a murder most foul! The evidence is so damning, even the rest of the Batfamily has their doubts! Bruce is in jail for a while, and thus can ONLY be Bruce for a good amount of time. Bats decides that Bruce Wayne is, in fact, the mask and shuns the identity altogether and escapes, leaving the whole Batfamily to untangle the mystery Batty Bats has left behind.
There’s lots of good Batfam feelings up in here, which is what Elyses like best!
Streets of Gotham: Leviathan
One of my very favorite books in the Bat Universe was the short lived Streets of Gotham! It told the stories of crime in Gotham from street level– through the eyes of characters around town, rather than through the eyes of Batman. It’s no secret that Dick and Damian are my favorite duo, so naturally I’m gonna like this book.
This is the second trade in the series and features a really scary story involving Damian (who is just starting to show that he has a heart), Viktor Zsasz, and a character that I wish would come back: Colin Wilkes! Pick it up y’all, for real.
Batman: The Black Mirror
More Dick Grayson as Bats! This is the beginning of Scott Snyder’s reign as the best Batman writer of our time! In this’n, Bruce has come back and Damian is working with him, leaving DickBats to work solo as…. uh… other Batman.
This one introduces James Gordon Jr, who will give you the creeps something FIERCE! You’ll definitely feel on edge throughout the entirety of the book. I CANNOT recommend this more more if I tried. If you haven’t read it, then what the fuck are you even doing?! Get on it! And pick up all of Snyder’s other stuff while you’re at it!
So there you have just a few of my favorites! What are your favorite Batman stories?