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10 Essential Batman Graphic Novels

10 Essential Batman Graphic Novels

By Clark Bull Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

In his 75 years, Batman has been the central figure at the forefront of graphic storytelling. These ten titles, from seminal industry benchmark Batman: The Dark Knight Returns to New York Times #1 bestseller Batman: The Killing Joke to the modern classic Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls, are essential to every comic library. From the printed page to the big screen, Bob Kane's creation has never been a more significant fixture in popular culture the world over. Join us as we celebrate the Dark Knight's 75th anniversary.

BATMAN: YEAR ONE

Writer: Frank Miller

Artist: David Mazzucchelli 

Frank Miller’s genre-defining graphic novel detailing a rookie Dark Knight’s first year in Gotham City.

BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN

Writer: Jeph Loeb

Artist: Tim Sale

A Batman murder mystery written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale, set during the Dark Knight’s early days as he must race against the calendar to discover the identity of the serial killer Holiday.

BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM

Writer: Grant Morrison

Artist: Dave McKean

Grant Morrison and Dave McKean’s psychological horror story from Arkham Asylum, home to Gotham City’s most deranged super-criminals.

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE

Writer: Alan Moore

Artist: Brian Bolland

The Joker, Batman’s greatest adversary, in his definitive origin story by Alan Moore with breathtaking art by Brian Bolland.

BATMAN: HUSH

Writer: Jeph Loeb

Artist: Jim Lee

The all-star team of Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee trace the tale of Batman as he seeks to stop a new and deadly villain who seems to know more about Batman than anyone—Hush!

BATMAN & SON

Writer: Grant Morrison

Artists: Andy Kubert, J.H. Williams III & Tony S. Daniel

In Grant Morrison’s epic Batman run, Bruce discovers that he’s sired a son, Damian Wayne. Also included is BATMAN: THE BLACK GLOVE by Morrison with art by J.H. Williams III.

BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR

Writer: Scott Snyder

Artists: Jock & Francesco Francavilla

The past comes back to haunt Commissioner Gordon and Batman by way of a diabolic murder mystery, in this dark graphic novel that launched writer Scott Snyder into superstardom.

BATMAN VOL. 1: THE COURT OF OWLS

Writer: Scott Snyder

Artist: Greg Capullo

A new era for The Dark Knight and Gotham City begins here from writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, as Batman and the Bat-Family continue their quest to protect the people of Gotham.

BATMAN: EARTH ONE

Writer: Geoff Johns

Artist: Gary Frank

Geoff Johns re-imagines of the Dark Knight’s origin story in this #1 New York Times bestseller.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS

Writer: Frank Miller

Artist: Frank Miller

Frank Miller’s classic and gritty take on the return of Gotham’s hero.

 
 

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