For all these reasons, it served as the primary text to inspire Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. Year One is the definitive, (almost) untouched origin for Batman. So if you were a brand new comic book reader or a long standing fan, you’d both be on the same ground going forward from this point on. To help fill in some of the blanks, and set their Batman universe apart just enough from the previous continuity, Snyder and Capullo created a storyline called Zero Year. It also the beginning of the transistion from Batman’s villains being mobster and thugs to full fledged costumed types. From this point forward it’s best to just keep reading the various collected volumes in number order to keep the storylines going. This is an excellent ending for Batman’s first year, with his self-sacrificial acceptance of his obligations to Gotham being prioritised in concluding pages at the expense of his childhood trauma recovery. Arkham Manor #3, Batman Eternal #33 Though Miller himself acknowledges a portion of Bat-fans may exist who abhor his … Hi ! Batman: The Cult #3 It also deals with a serial killer, organized crime, and the relationship between Batman and Alfred Pennyworth, his long-time butler and father figure. Place requests in the comments section, please. All that, plus the building of the Batmobile. Batman and Robin #11 2 #43 2 #2 And what makes the series so special? Detective Comics #747 This brings us to the conclusion of Part 1 on Batman 101. 2 #102 While not the most popular decision by DC Comics, it certainly wasn’t the first time they had altered their characters in story continuity (there had been other big history changing companywide cross-over events) it was the first that seemed to change so much drastically. Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #4 The Cartoon That Captures the Damaged American Male, Plausible Deniability: Celebrities’ Secret Weapon Against Accountability and Consequences, White Blues, Black Blues — Your Blues, My Blues, Everyone is a garbage person, or the one about Comicsgate. Batman Eternal #30 Now, onto the Batman reading order. Quick observation, Batman Annual 1989 #13 Waiting in the Wings (ninth on your list) is out of place chronologically. Corey Hamner’s artwork makes the Batsuit something to behold, and you’ll be thankful for his return in Detective Comics down the line (even if his style is a deviation from the otherwise-congruent 80s in-house aesthetic for stories of Batman’s first year). 2 #1 (2011) Batman #427 Detective Comics #934 The New 52 era number ends, and Detective Comics picks up its old numbering style. Superman/Batman #7 Nightwing Vol. The book sets up the current status of Batman, and loosely picks up where the New 52 continuity left off. Batman #673 Detective Comics #473 Like most of our read orders, our Batman reading order is instantly filterable. Batman #686 - Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Origins and Omens, Batman R.I.P., Last Rites, Battle for The Cowl, Batman R.I.P., Last Rites, Batman Battle for the Cowl Commissioner Gordon, Batman Battle for the Cowl The Underground, Grant Morrison, Tony Daniel, David Finch, Andy Kubert, Frank Quietly, Judd Winick, Keith Giffen, Aaron Lopresti, Judd Winick, Keith Giffen, Fernando Dagnino, James Robinson, Mauro Cascioli, Scott Clark, Batman vs. Robin, The Return of Bruce Wayne, Paul Dini, Dustin Nguyen, Ivan Brandon, Ramon Bachs, House of Hush, Two-Face The Long Way Down, Bruce Wayne The Road Home Commissioner Gordon. Arkham Manor #2 Batman: Streets of Gotham #4, Batman and Robin #7 (2009) Legends of the Dark Knight #8 Batman #292 It should probably be later in the chronology as it spoiled me about Stephanie Brown becoming the next Robin. Nightwing Vol. 4–17 (p. 6–7). Batgirl: Year One #7 Elseworlds was a term DC Comics applied to non-canonical, usually alternative-reality stories, now called DC Black Label. Batman: The Long Halloween #12 Do you plan to add this collumn to this list ? I’m always happy to hear the favorites of fellow Bat-fans and discuss the stories that shaped the way you view DC’s Dark Knight. The Clown Prince of Crime’s first tirade of terror is inspired by, and inspired, his infamous film appearances. Identity Crisis #5 Batman Incorporated #5 Batman and Robin: Born to Kill (Batman and Robin 1-6) – A good tie-in series to help establish the relationship between Bruce and his son Damien who is currently acting as Robin.