Batman is one of the most popular superheroes in history, and his comics have been translated into film, television, video games, and more. Here are 30 of the best Batman comics you need to read.
The best vintage batman comics is a list of 30 Batman comic books. The list is ranked and includes the top 5 comic books on the list.
Batman is undoubtedly one of the most well-known comic book characters. Batman has always garnered a large following and a lot of attention, whether it’s via comic books, movies, featured or animated shows, or video games.
Following a list of the greatest Batman detective tales, vital Batman stories every fan should possess, and a list of Batman’s best Elseworlds stories, here’s a list of the best Batman comic books every fan should read at least once in their life!
Batman’s Greatest Hits
This list will include all kinds of comics (ongoing series, miniseries, maxi series, one-shots, and so on) and will be rated from 30th to 1st, i.e., the greatest in our view. We’ll provide you some background on each tale, including information on its publication and authorship. The following are the tales:
30. Batman: The Darkest Knight is a film directed by Christopher Nolan.
Mark W. Barr, Mark W. Barr, Mark W. Barr, Mark W. Barr, Mark W. Barr, Mark W Jerry Bingham is an artist. Date of Publication: 1994
The narrative picks up after Bruce Wayne’s disastrous first effort to combat crime, which was detailed in Year One. Suddenly, in front of him, a ghostly apparition of a bust emerges, informing him that he has been selected. The protagonist cures his wounds and takes him to a missile that has landed on his property. Inside, Abin Sur, a dying Green Lantern, hands Bruce his power ring.
His first assignment is to apprehend the Red Hood robbers at a chemical facility. Bruce manages to overcome the three and give them over to Officer James Gordon, averting the birth of The Joker, using a mix of his skills and talents. The Guardians of the Universe assign Bruce his first formal assignment soon after: to stop Sinestro, the roaming, power-hungry villain.
Bruce succeeds in subduing Sinestro, but the people he previously ruled are dismayed. When Katma Tui declares Bruce to be her hero, he presents her with Sinestro’s Ring of Power before departing to Oa. Sinestro vows vengeance.
Sinestro appears later, as Gordon is at work, sporting a Yellow Power Ring. He murders Gordon after stealing the knowledge he was working on. Sinestro tracks down Joe Chill, the assassin who killed Batman’s parents, and absorbs his consciousness with his Ring of Power. As a result of Bruce’s successful pursuit of the criminal, Sinestro is able to recruit friends on Earth.
Days later, Bruce encounters two individuals who have been transformed by Sinestro: Attorney Dent, who has been scarred on the face and driven insane by the metamorphosis, and burglar Selina Kyle, who has transformed into a Star Sapphire. Despite Bruce’s victory against Dent and Kyle, they escape to Sinestro. Sinestro caused devastation on other worlds in the region while Bruce was gone, causing the Guardians to doubt Bruce’s position as a Lantern.
However, he refuses to relinquish his ring, forcing the Guardians to recruit three more deserving Earthlings — Clark Kent, Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons, and Barry Allen – as Green Lanterns. After a while, Bruce is patrolling the city when four Lanterns assault him and attempt to hold him back, including Katma Tui.
Sinestro orders his soldiers to assault Bruce’s Cave, wounding Alfred Pennyworth as a result of his preoccupation. Bruce is overcome with emotion, but he recognizes that Alfred is in danger, and he reclaims his ring when it reacts to his will. When he returns home, he discovers Alfred has died and Sinestro has fled.
The Three Lanterns urge him to remain and educate them, but Bruce refuses, instead pleading with them to safeguard the planet while he hunts down Sinestro.
29. Batman: The Animated Series
Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder John Romita, Jr., Jock, Sean Murphy, Paul Pope, Tula Lotay, Afua Richardson, Francesco Francavilla, and others are among the artists featured. Dates of publication: August 2016–October 2017
A collection series written by Scott Snyder and drawn by a variety of writers that recounts several previously unpublished Batman adventures in which he squared off against various adversaries in bizarre, alternate tales.
Batman: The Last Knight on Earth (Batman: The Last Knight on Earth) (Batman: The Last
Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder Greg Capullo, Greg Capullo, Greg Capullo, Greg Capullo, Greg Capul From July 2019 until February 2020,
Bruce Wayne wakes up at Arkham Asylum twenty years in the future. Young. Healthy. He was also never Batman.
To solve the riddle of his history, the Dark Knight embarks on a lengthy trip across this unknown universe, where he encounters futuristic versions of old friends and enemies, including the Joker’s Head, a terrifying traveling companion.
Joker’s severed head becomes Batman’s terrifying guide across the shattered DC Universe, despite the fact that he is still alive. But, in order to figure out what’s causing this awful future, he’ll have to track down the unfathomable force that’s devastated the world he’s known.
This may be the last chapter in the Batman saga.
27. The Boy Wonder and the All-Star Batman and Robin
Frank Miller is the author(s) of this story. Jim Lee, Jim Lee, Jim Lee, Jim Lee, Jim Lee, Jim Lee, Jim Lee, Dates of publication: 2005–2008
Vicki Vale, a journalist, is invited to join Bruce Wayne for an evening at the circus. The Graysons, a husband and wife who perform with their son Dick, are a family of trapeze performers known as the Flying Graysons. The Graysons are murdered by two gunshots at the conclusion of the performance, while getting acclaim from the crowd.
Bruce vanishes to pursue the assailant, much to the surprise of both the son and the audience. Vicki is concerned about young Dick, and as she attempts to approach him, a police officer slams into her. He is then hurriedly loaded into a vehicle and driven away. Vicki doesn’t trust Gotham City’s cops, so she and Bruce’s butler Alfred follow them around.
Meanwhile, Batman apprehends the assailant, who is a low-level hitman. He can’t say anything about the people that hired him. His butler and Vicki accompany Dick in the vehicle to a remote location known for quick killings. Another potential murder is averted thanks to Batman’s quick arrival.
Dick is loaded into the Batmobile and transported to safety by Batman. Several police vehicles pursue the two, but Batman manages to elude them. He runs over two more, causing them to explode, and throws one off the road.
Dick is frightened, not least because it seems that the vigilante who rescued him is unconcerned with the officers’ lives. The kid notices that Batman is attempting to change his voice by playing a harsh character. His voice has a Clint Eastwood-like quality to it. Later, Batman takes him in and makes him his sidekick.
26. The Golden Child in The Dark Knight Returns
Frank Miller is the author(s) of this story. Rafael Grampá (artist) Dates of publication: December 2019–February 2020
Three years have passed after the events of Dark Knight III: The Master Race, and the world has changed dramatically.
Carrie Kelley has acclimated to her new position as Batwoman, while Lara Croft spent her time learning to be more human.
However, a terrible evil in the form of Darkseid arrives in Gotham City, and Lara and Carrie must work together to stop this growing threat – and they have a secret weapon in the form of young Jonathan Kent, dubbed “the Golden Child,” who possesses a power unlike anything the world has ever seen and is about to be unleashed.
25. Cataclysm is a sequel to Batman: Cataclysm.
Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Doug Moench, Dennis O’Neil, Devin K. Grayson, Kelley Puckett, Klaus Janson, Chris Renaud, Rick Burchett are among the writers on the project. Jim Aparo, Henry Flint, Mark Buckingham, Scott McDaniel, Klaus Janson, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent, Staz Johnson, Eduardo Barreto, Alex Maleev, Marcos Martin, Rick Burchett, Chris Renaud, Dave Taylor, Jason Johnson, Jim Balent, Staz Johnson, Eduardo Barreto, Alex Maleev, Marcos Martin, Rick Burchett, Chris Renaud, Dave Taylor, Jason Johnson The magazine was published from January through March of 1998.
As her instruments begin to detect vibrations around the city, seismologist Dr. Jolene Relazzo thinks the Gotham region will be struck by a big earthquake. At 7:03 a.m., Oracle (Barbara Gordon) loses contact with the Batcave. A 7.6 earthquake strikes Gotham City as she is delivering her report. When Wayne Manor collapses, Batman is carried away by the swelling waves of the subterranean river, and Alfred falls into the cave.
Shortly after the earthquake, it seems that Wayne’s buildings are the only ones that have survived with little structural damage. When earthquakes of a magnitude of less than 8.5 struck, Bruce Wayne made sure that all of his structures were safe. Wayne Mansion and the Batcave, on the other hand, are demolished when Wayne was unable to defend his own house from earthquakes without revealing Batman’s secret.
The first aftershock occurred at 8:52 p.m. The earthquake is shown on television at Dick Grayson’s (Nightwing) office. He jumps to his feet, takes a boat, and goes back to his childhood home.
By helicopter, Azrael and Nomoz arrive in Gotham to bring Bane to the GCPD. Bane manages to flee after the earthquake. After killing two people at a bank, Azrael pursues him and arrests him. When the earthquake strikes, Helena Bertinelli is on the subway. She transforms into a Huntress swiftly and starts rescuing the surviving. When Batman resurfaces at Gotham Harbor, he is shocked to find the city he loves engulfed in flames.
When the shop was damaged by the earthquake, Catwoman was taking a set of night vision binoculars for a future job. She starts to lead the survivors to safety after seeing a little girl die in her arms. She subsequently hunts down Poison Ivy and stops him from contaminating Gotham City’s water supply with a super fertilizer. During the earthquake, Robin (Tim Drake) was out of town. His aircraft was rerouted to Blüdhaven upon his return.
From the aircraft, he sees the city of Gotham engulfed in flames9. He borrows a motorcycle and rides it back to his home. The earthquake and subsequent tidal surge wreaked havoc on Blackgate Penitentiary. The island and several of the cells are flooded, and the inmates are able to escape.
The island and the city are connected via a land bridge. After resurfacing at Gotham Harbor, Batman understands what is going on and makes his way to the jail. Despite the fact that several inmates were murdered and many more fled over the land bridge, he managed to quell the unrest.
As S.W.A.T. helicopters approach, aftershocks demolish the natural bridge. Batman returns to the mainland and starts assisting victims.
Batman: The Battle for the Cowl (Batman: The Battle for the Cowl) (Batman:
Tony S. Daniel, Tony S. Daniel, Tony S. Daniel, Tony S. Daniel, Tony S. Daniel, Tony S Tony S. Daniel, Tony S. Daniel, Tony S. Daniel, Tony S. Daniel, Tony S. Daniel, Dates of publication: March – May 2009
Tim Drake (Robin) is pursuing three armed robbers through an abandoned hospital as the tale starts. Someone else steps in and assists Drake, leaving a message that reads, “I am Batman.”
Following Batman’s absence and the ensuing turmoil in the city, Nightwing knows that he will not be able to keep order in Gotham on his own. Despite this, he does not desire Batman’s popularity and refuses to be swayed by Robin’s belief that “one of them” should be the next Batman.
Tim Drake dons his Batman suit and goes out to halt everything before Dick Grayson understands he needs Batman and stops the false Batman. Jason Todd is revealed to be the false Batman during the fight.
Tim has been apprehended. Thanks to a tip from the Oracle, Dick locates Todd (Barbara Gordon). A fight ensues, with Dick Grayson emerging victorious. Dick Grayson is shown as Batman at the conclusion of the tale.
23. The Master Race in The Dark Knight III
Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello are the authors. Frank Miller, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson are among the artists who have contributed to this work. From November 2015 until June 2017,
Lex Luthor’s death occurred three years ago. Since then, no one has seen Bruce Wayne. Unknown someone smashes the Bat-Cave glass and steals Batman’s suit.
The tale is told of a criminal who says that when he got away from the authorities and was nearly murdered, Batman assaulted the officers. Wonder Woman and the Minotaur engage in a deadly fight in the jungle.
Wonder Woman fights the huge bull and returns to the Amazons’ new capital with her kid. Superman’s Fortress of Solitude is inexplicably encased in ice. Lara, his daughter, is with him.
When Commissioner Ellen Yindel is informed that Batman has been discovered, she sits by an abandoned floodlight. Batman is cornered and beaten to death by ferocious police during a frenzied pursuit.
Commissioner Yindel takes off his disguise and, realizing that it belongs to a woman, inquires as to where Bruce Wayne is. To which Carrie Kelly responds, “Bruce Wayne is dead.” The comic book goes on to look at the ramifications of this remark.
Batman: Damned is the 22nd film in the Batman franchise.
Brian Azzarello, Brian Azzarello, Brian Azzarello, Brian Azzarello, Brian Azzarello, Brian Az Lee Bermejo is an artist. Dates of publication: September 2018 – June 2019
Batman and the Joker fall from the Gotham Gate Bridge after a battle that resembles the one from the conclusion of Joker (see below). While Batman is knocked unconscious and wakes up in an ambulance, the Joker seems to die.
Batman flees, only to collide on the street. Batman is rescued by John Constantine, who transports him to a hotel room. There, Batman fears he has slain the Joker, and Constantine offers to join him in an alliance. To investigate, Batman returns to the bridge, where a homeless man claims to have seen the devil murdering the Joker. Before Batman can ask him any more questions, the guy vanishes.
The Enchantress haunts Batman, implying that he was complicit in the killing of the Joker. In his Cave, Batman has a hallucination that his costume is assaulting him. Deadman arrives as Batman watches the bustle on Gotham’s streets and warns him of the evil forces that are coming to face him.
Batman and Constantine meet at a church where the Joker’s grin has been desecrated on a statue of Jesus. As Constantine urges Batman to seek information from Etrigan, Batman starts to question if the Joker is really dead. As Batman approaches Etrigan, he forces his way through the throng.
The structure is suddenly destroyed by an explosion, and the Bat-Signal, which has now been desecrated by the Joker’s grin, lights up the sky. Etrigan rescues Batman, but informs Constantine that he did it just to make Batman suffer much more. Harley Quinn, it turns out, was the mastermind behind the bombing.
Harley confronts Batman, who beats him with a baseball bat, injects him with a paralyzing medication, and attempts to rape him. Batman, on the other hand, manages to get the upper hand. Later, Batman awakens in a subterranean coffin, but is rescued by Swamp Thing. Before the Enchantress returns and Batman defeats her, Constantine comes and speaks with Swamp Thing.
When Constantine brings Batman to see Zatanna, she casts a spell on him, transporting him to the night when Bruce’s parents were killed by Joe Chill, and it appears that young Bruce was also shot in that alley.
To become Batman, he allegedly sold his soul to the Enchantress. The Enchantress attempts to cement her bargain with Bruce, but Constantine uses Chill’s pistol to shoot and kill her.
The deceased Bruce, Constantine says, symbolizes Batman’s history, which he urges Batman to let go of.
When Batman visits the morgue, the homeless guy at the beginning of the tale, an incarnation of the Spectre, exposes the truth: Batman was mortally wounded by the Joker and purposefully let the Joker to die because he was afraid of what would happen to Gotham if he wasn’t there to stop him.
When Batman realizes he’s been dead the whole time, he swaps places with the body in the morgue and disintegrates. The live Joker then rises from the water under the bridge, signaling the start of a new chapter, according to Constantine.
Batman: Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Lee Bermejo is the author of this piece. Lee Bermejo is an artist. Date of Publication: November 2, 2011
Young Bob accepts a job with the city’s most notorious crook, Joker. All of this was done for Tim, his ill son. All he had to do was hand over a bag to someone and then deliver the money to the Clown. He gives over the bag containing the money, but Batman foils his intentions.
Batman isn’t concerned about Bob, his kid, or the money; all he cares about is finding out where the Joker is hiding. Bob is unable to respond to his inquiry, claiming that he has never met him and that they have only corresponded by mail. Batman chooses to utilize him after letting him go.
When Batman remembered the past, he was simply monitoring Bob via the tracker he had hidden in his scarf before releasing him. He begins by recalling his time with Robin, his old sidekick. The psychotic Joker blew up the youthful Robin, putting an end to Batman’s joyful era. But then he had a vision in which the deceased Robin informed him that three spirits would visit him that night and attempt to explain why he had to change.
James Gordon dials Batman’s number. Catwoman was preparing another heist, he informed him. The heist occurs, and Catwoman is ready to flee the area when she notices Batman. As it turns out, Selina knows nothing about the Joker, so when Catwoman attempts to murder him, Batman prepares to flee the scene.
As a result, Batman started after his old foe, who also brought back memories for him. Reminiscences of a previous Batman But this Batman isn’t like the others. This Batman was a broken, exhausted guy who couldn’t even keep up with Catwoman for long, and he eventually tumbled off the roof.
Superman arrives and assists Batman, who seems to be in agony. He assists Batman in getting to his vehicle, but not before showing him how other people celebrate Christmas. Following that, Batman departs with Superman, who places him in his vehicle. Superman departs, and Batman attempts to get into his vehicle, but there is a massive explosion, and Batman passes out.
Joker was the one who set off the explosion. After that, Batman is plagued by images of a future in which everyone who assisted the vigilante would be punished. After then, Batman awakens from his coma and pulls himself out of the grave.
Meanwhile, Joker goes to Bob’s house and attempts to murder him and his son. However, Batman comes and apprehends the Clown Prince of Crime, transporting him to a mental institution. Bruce Wayne starts a new life the following day, with the first step being to give Bob a Christmas tree.
Batman Eternal is the twenty-first film in the Batman franchise.
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley, and Kyle Higgins are among the writers. Jason Fabok, Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs, Andy Clarke, Trevor McCarthy, Emanuel Simeoni, Guillem March, Riccardo Burchiellim, Ian Bertram, Mikel Janin, Guillermo Ortego, Jorge Lucas, R. M. Guéra, Javier Garronm, Emanuel Simeoni, Guillem March, Riccardo Burchiellim, Ian Bertram, Mikel Aco, Javi Fernandez, Alessandro Vitti, Juan Ferreyra, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Paulo Siqueira, Meghan Hetrick, Simon Coleby, Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, Fernando Blanco, Andrea Mutti, Ramon Perez, Juan José Ryp, Joe Quinones, David Lafuente, Aco, Javi Fernandez, Alessandro Vitti, Juan Ferreyra, Alvar April 2014 – April 2015 (publication)
The whole metropolis of Gotham City is on fire in the near future, and Bruce Wayne is tied to the Bat-signal. A stranger standing nearby recalls the superhero of the beginning of the tale, when Commissioner James Gordon unintentionally murdered 123 people in the city’s subway and was jailed by his colleagues Jack Forbes and Jason Bard.
The storyline delves into the circumstances that led up to this tumultuous scenario, in which Batman and his whole family were forced to battle a slew of criminals and a diabolical plan to destroy the very foundations of contemporary Gotham, revealing that the true mastermind was the evil Lincoln March.
Batman: Zero Year (1999)
Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV are the authors. Greg Capullo and Rafael Albuquerque are two artists that have collaborated on this project. Dates of publication: June 2013 – July 2014
“Secret City” is a film about a city that is hidden from the The tale starts with a flood destroying Gotham City and Batman having been proclaimed dead. The event’s first arc, dubbed “Secret City,” takes place five months before the flood and starts with Bruce Wayne’s return to Gotham City after a lengthy absence and being proclaimed dead.
He disguises himself and battles Red Hood One, learning that he has a lot to learn if he wants to combat the new breed of costumed criminals plaguing Gotham.
“Dark City” is a film about a city in the dark. The second arc, dubbed “Dark City,” focused on Bruce’s early days as Batman. It opens with Bruce, as Batman, averting another Red Hood assassination, and then moves on to investigating Red Hood One’s true intentions.
When Bruce discloses to the media that the Red Hood gang is working on a radioactive meat-eating toxin that they intend to detonate at different places across Gotham, the gang attempts to assassinate him. As Batman, Bruce rushes to ACE Chemicals and starts fighting the gang.
“Savage City” is a film that tells the story of a city The third and final arc, dubbed “Savage City,” followed Bruce’s attempts to free his city from the Riddler’s tyranny. It all begins with Bruce Wayne waking up at Duke’s house. The Riddler had seized control of Gotham, according to the little kid whose life he had spared.
Alfred urges Bruce to return to Wayne Mansion via the escape tunnel that runs under the home in Crime Alley, where his parents were murdered and where he used to work, since it is one of the last remaining escape routes out of Gotham.
18. Batman: The Red Hood’s Revenge
Judd Winick, Judd Winick, Judd Winick, Judd Winick, Judd Winick Doug Mahnke, Eric Battle, and Shane Davis are among the artists featured. Batman #635-641, #645-650, and Batman Annual #25 From November 2004 until February 2006, the magazine was published.
After Dick Grayson’s retirement as Robin, a flashback to Batman’s early years shows a young Jason Todd trying to steal the Batmobile’s wheels. As a result, he becomes the new Robin. The narrative then shifts to the mobster Black Mask.
Red Hood arrives and uses a long-range bomb to demolish the top level of Black Mask’s stronghold. Following that, Black Mask joins forces with other supervillains to take on Red Hood.
Following this deed, the Black Mask and Red Hood fight, which ends when Batman arrives just in time to see Red Hood stabbed in the heart with his own dagger. When Black Mask removes Red Hood’s helmet, he notices that he isn’t Jason Todd, which causes Batman to rebel strongly enough for Black Mask to notice.
Jason abducted the Joker and brutally beaten him, only to be foiled by the villain’s insane laughing. When Jason informs the Joker that he sees right through his crazy act, the Joker goes silent for the first time.
Jason discloses the location of the Joker’s hideaway. Jason grabs a pistol from Batman and tosses it at him. Jason points his pistol at the Joker’s head while using the Joker as a human shield, telling Batman that he either kill Jason or let Jason murder the Joker on the count of three.
Batman lowers the pistol and tosses a Batarang at Jason’s shoulder in the last half-second. The Joker then detonates the explosives that have been strung throughout the structure. Jason’s miraculous resurrection is removed from the scene.
Brian Azzarello, Brian Azzarello, Brian Azzarello, Brian Azzarello, Brian Azzarello, Brian Az Lee Bermejo is an artist. Date of Publication: October 17, 2008
A Gotham City citizen, Johnny Frost, offers to pick up the Joker, who has been certified mentally well. The latter takes him under his wing and hires him as a driver right away.
The Joker is subsequently taken to Killer Croc’s hideout by Frost, and the two of them go to a strip club together. The Joker rips off the owner’s skin and makes him appear on stage with the assistance of Harley Quinn; he asks if anybody wants to help him recover the area that his former partners have sold.
The Joker robs a bank the following morning and kidnaps the Penguin with Killer Croc. Following that, the Joker commits a series of murders, all of which he commits personally, in order to punish the thieves who stole his land and money.
Soon after, Frost is apprehended by Harvey Dent, the current criminal underworld’s boss, who tells him that the Joker would murder him, and Frost then joins the Joker and the Riddler in a meeting. The Joker’s squad is assaulted by off-duty cops hired by Dent as they depart, and Frost rescues the Joker from being murdered.
The Joker then engages in a turf war with Dent, inviting him to meet with him. During this encounter, the Joker informs Dent that he is aware that he has two wives (one for each personality) and threatens to expose this knowledge. After assisting Frost in rescuing his ex-wife, Shelly, from Dent’s clutches, the Joker rapes her as retaliation for not disclosing his meeting with Dent.
Harvey later begs Batman to help him stop the Joker. Joker and Frost run to Gotham Bridge, where Batman awaits them, in a last effort to escape. When the Joker kidnaps Frost, he gets into an argument with Batman, and when he becomes angry, he shoots Frost in the neck. Frost creeps to the edge of the bridge and falls into the abyss while they battle.
Batman: The Death of the Family (Batman: The Death of the Family) (Bat
Scott Snyder, Adam Glass, Kyle Higgins, John Layman, Scott Lobdell, Ann Nocenti, Gail Simone, Peter Tomasi, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Adam Glass, Kyle Higgins, John Layman, Scott Lobdell, Ann Nocenti, Gail Simone, Peter Tomasi, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Adam Glass, Kyle Higgins, John Layman, Scott Lob Greg Capullo, Eddy Barrows, Ed Benes, Brett Booth, Fernando Dagnino, Jason Fabok, Patrick Gleason, Jock, Timothy Green, Rafa Sandoval, Eddy Barrows, Ed Benes, Brett Booth, Fernando Dagnino, Jason Fabok, Patrick Gleason, Jock, Timothy Green, Rafa Sandoval October 2012 – February 2013 (publication)
The Joker returns to Gotham City after a year away, having attacked the police department, assassinated 19 officers, and assaulted James Gordon. He sends out a message via television, stating that he has several targets, including the mayor of Gotham, whom he threatens to assassinate that same night.
While Batman and other city officials keep an eye on the guy to prevent him from being murdered, all of the policemen there are killed by a poisonous gas that the villain had prepared weeks before. When Batman examines the gas, he notices that it was produced at the ACE Chemicals plant, which is also where the Joker fell and became the guy he is today.
He comes across a guy disguised as the Red Hood, one of Joker’s identities, and is hit with an enormous mallet, which propels him into an empty chemical vat; the Hood, who turns out to be Harley Quinn, tells Batman that Joker is not the same. He does not, however, heed Harley’s directions.
When the hero comes home, he discovers that his butler Alfred has been abducted, and he discovers a tape and an elastic band with the name of Police Commissioner Gordon in one of the rooms. Knowing that he is the next victim, Batman decides to pay him a visit. He arrives just as he starts to bleed uncontrollably, so Batman uses a coagulant to save his life.
A poison that Batman administered paralyzes him in the Joker’s hideout. Batman recovers enough to flee, but he is attacked by the Joker, who tries to beat him but is still in bad health, allowing him to flee. Bruce receives assistance from some of his friends, who transport him to the Batcave, where he discovers a joker playing card.
He rejects the notion that Joker has discovered the cave, but the family is concerned that Joker is aware of their identities and blames Batman for keeping such information hidden.
Batman begins his research by questioning an Arkham Asylum guard, who admits that the Joker is at the institution. However, when Batman arrives, he discovers that the Joker has already seized control of the facility with the aid of numerous patients. The Joker sends Clayface, Mr. Freeze, and Two-Face to attack Batman as he enters the Asylum via the subterranean conduits.
Later, Batman defeats them and ultimately confronts the Joker, who doubts his ability to beat him and shows him recordings of Catwoman, Robin, Batgirl, Red Hood, Red Robin, and Nightwing, all of whom are being kept prisoner, as well as forcing him to sit in an electric chair if he wants to rescue them.
The Joker brings him to his pals, who are seated around a table with bags over their heads, which he removes, showing that he has taken their faces, and subsequently sets the room on fire.
After releasing himself from the chair, Batman destroys a section of the cave where the waterfalls are located, extinguishes the fire, and rescues his friends; after ensuring their safety, he confronts the Joker.
He explains that he set a trap for them and infects them with a poison that causes them to face each other in order for Batman to release him so he could rescue them. However, Batman lashes out at the Joker, attempting to bring him back to reality by forcing him to recall his former existence, including his true identity.
The terrified Joker refuses to listen and throws himself into a waterfall’s emptiness. Batman cures his friends, who everyone take a break (save Alfred) to attempt to relax and think about what they’ve been through.
Batman: Night of the Owls (Batman: Night of the Owls) (Batman:
Scott Snyder, Tony S. Daniel, Kyle Higgins, Peter J. Tomasi, James Tynion IV, Judd Winick, and others are among the writers. Greg Capullo, Tony S. Daniel, Jason Fabok, Rafael Albuquerque, and others are among the artists. Dates of publication: April – May 2012
Cobb’s defeat at the hands of Batman enrages the Court of Owls, who summon all of their other Talons to reclaim Gotham City. The Court’s aim is to show that they, not Batman, are the rulers of Gotham City.
The Talons assault the Batcave first, but owing to his antiquated combat technique, the wounded Bruce manages to beat many of them. Alfred learns the Court’s forty targets and appeals to the Batman family for assistance through radio.
When Tim Drake and Jason Todd get one, they resolve to defend Mr. Freeze. While one of the Talons revives William Cobb, Bruce dons an armored Batman costume to battle all of the Talons. The Birds of Prey are among the first to confront a Talon who employs ruthless and brutal tactics. After receiving the message, Nightwing sets out to rescue Mayor Sebastian Hady.
When Selina and Spark come to steal from the Penguin, they see that his vehicle is driving away, but they are unaware that the Penguin is still alive and being severely beaten by Talon Ephraim Newman.
Meanwhile, Bruce continues to battle the Talons entering the Batcave, ultimately stopping them and heading to rescue Jeremiah Arkham, who is battling the Talons with the help of Roman Sionis, a.k.a. Black Mask.
After handing over Arkham to Nightwing, Batman heads to Lincoln March to rescue him. Bruce battles Alton Carver, the Talon assigned to assassinate March, but he is unable to prevent Carver from assassinating March, a mayoral candidate who sought to improve Gotham City. March presents Batman with a gift that will benefit Gotham City, and Bruce sets out to destroy the Court of Owls’ stronghold.
Damian travels to the outskirts of Gotham City and beheads a Talon who was attempting to murder Lucius Fox, while Batwing maims a Talon who was attempting to assassinate him.
Batgirl then encounters a Talon called Mary. Batgirl removes a piece of paper from Mary’s hands. Balloon bombs launched by the Court of Owls start exploding in unexpected places. Mary is subsequently pushed into a balloon bomb, which kills her.
The fight against the Owls starts to favor the people of Gotham. Alton then comes to, thinking that he is finally free of dread and all that has chained him. Mr. Freeze, on the other hand, escapes and tries to assassinate Bruce Wayne, only to be apprehended twice in one day.
Selina and Spark believe they have killed the Talon at first, but subsequently discover that the Talon is eternal in certain ways.
Efrain grabs Selina’s whip and starts to thrash Spark brutally before strangling Selina’s boyfriend without Selina’s knowledge. Selina chooses to make a deal with the Talon, giving her a full set of daggers in exchange.
The Penguin shoots Ephraim in the head as he starts to listen. Selina and Spark ultimately decide not to take the daggers that Penguin had in his possession and instead go to the Bat-signal to dump the claw’s corpse, which they leave there, bringing the Night of the Owls to a close.
A Death in the Family (No. 14)
Jim Starlin, Jim Starlin, Jim Starlin, Jim Starlin, Jim Starlin, Jim Star Jim Aparo, Jim Aparo, Jim Aparo, Jim Aparo, Jim Aparo, Dates of publication: September–November 1988
Jason Todd is relieved of his responsibilities as Robin by Batman, following which he storms out in pursuit of his biological mother. Meanwhile, the Joker manages to escape Arkham once again and obtains a nuclear bomb that he intends to sell in the Middle East.
In the Middle East, Batman and Jason reconnect and collaborate until Jason locates his mother, Sheila Haywood, who, after being blackmailed by the Joker, gives up her son to the Clown Prince of Crime. Jason was tortured with a crowbar before the Joker blew up the warehouse where he and his mother were being kept prisoner, murdering both of them before Batman arrived.
Batman must face the Joker as well as his own remorse for failing to save Jason.
Batman: The Man Who Laughs (Batman: The Man Who Laughs) (Batman:
Ed Brubker, Ed Brubker, Ed Brubker, Ed Brubker, Ed Brubker, Ed B Doug Mahnke, Doug Mahnke, Doug Mahnke, Doug Mahnke, Doug Mahnke, Date of Publication: 2005
Captain James Gordon of Gotham City’s police force is examining a shed full of bodies, all of which have a peculiar pale complexion and an odd muscular spasm of the face that resembles a smile.
Batman suspects a weird weapon and that the victims are being used as guinea pigs; he believes this is the start of a chain of similar murders.
After killing a cameraman and reporter with a chemical weapon during a television news report on Arkham Asylum’s latest renovations, a character dressed in purple, smiling, with white skin, green hair, and scarlet lips threatens to kill a wealthy chemical industrialist, Henry Claridge, who will die at midnight that evening.
In addition, the crazy criminal writes in an Arkham cell, “One by One, they’ll hear my call.” Then this evil town will collapse with me.” Claridge, despite being guarded by both the police and Batman at his mansion, dies at the stroke of midnight, poisoned by a slow-release chemical that alters his skin color and gives him a weird smile.
That same evening, the Joker, as he’s been dubbed by the media, unleashes a slew of insane prisoners on the city’s streets, causing mayhem that the Dark Knight attempts to put a stop to. Another chemical entrepreneur, Jay W. Wilde, is the next victim, who was announced and then murdered, and Batman believes a connection between the killings.
Investigating the same old chemical factory where Red Hood (really the Joker before he became what he is today) previously plunged into the sewage, Batman believes that the new criminal and he are the same person.
When the Joker attacks Bruce Wayne, who becomes infected but is rescued due to an antidote, Batman realizes the significance of his stanzas: since the criminal has “fallen,” the whole city must follow him. As a result, Batman goes to the Gotham Reservoir to stop the Joker from contaminating the water supply and bringing the criminal to Arkham Asylum.
Earth One (Batman)
Geoff Johns, Geoff Johns, Geoff Johns, Geoff Johns, Geoff Johns, Geoff Gary Frank is an artist. Dates of publication: 2012 (vol. 1), 2015 (vol. 2), and 2021 (vol. 3) (vol. 3)
Bruce Wayne is the eight-year-old son of Dr. Thomas Wayne, a Gotham City billionaire and mayoral contender, and Martha Arkham-Wayne. Following death threats, Thomas enlists the help of his buddy Alfred Pennyworth to oversee security at Wayne Manor.
The Waynes, against Alfred’s advice, take their kid to the movies and are murdered in a dark alley. Alfred continues to keep an eye on Bruce. Bruce believes that the mayor, Oswald Cobblepot, was the mastermind behind the murder when he is older.
He disguises himself as a bat and crashes his enemy’s party in search of damning proof, using the fighting and acrobatic skills he acquired from Alfred. As a consequence, he fights with the city’s crooked cops, including hesitant detective James Gordon, who refuses to go into the mayor’s misdeeds out of fear of threats to his daughter, librarian Barbara Gordon.
The youthful Batman succeeds to expose Cobblepot and his plan to assassinate Thomas Wayne in the first book of the tale. Cobblepot has been controlling the town like a criminal gang, ordering the assassination of hundreds of political rivals.
Batman solves the case, but Cobblepot is shot by Alfred and replaced by Jessica Dent, Harvey Dent’s sister, before he can be brought to justice.
In volume two, a new serial murderer known as the Riddler emerges in Gotham and targets the individuals Jessica and Harvey Dent are looking for. Batman succeeds to capture the Riddler with the help of an unexpected friend in Murderer Croc, despite the fact that Bruce Wayne was accused of being the serial killer.
Sal Maroni, a former Cobblepot associate, stabs Harvey Dent and assaults him with acid at the end. Harvey is hugged by Jessica, who is likewise affected by the acid and has half of her face burnt as well.
Jessica is in hospital when Bruce visits her – the two of them having confessed their mutual love, with Jessica also admitting she knew he was Batman – but she has changed, becoming more darker. Volume three delves further into the ramifications of these occurrences in a mystery that also features the introduction of a new thief known as Catwoman.
11. Batman: The Final Chapter
Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder, Scott Snyder Greg Capullo, Greg Capullo, Greg Capullo, Greg Capullo, Greg Capul Dates of publication: October 2014 – April 2015
Batman recovers at his new center of operations, a safehouse taken from the Court of Owls, after a horrific chemical assault by the Scarecrow. Batman is suddenly assaulted by Wonder Woman, who is hell-bent on killing him.
Batman instructs his butler Alfred to carry out the “Fenrir” plan, a strong robotic armor created by Batman to fight with the Justice League as a whole.
He defeats Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Aquaman, but is subsequently assaulted and thrown into the Gotham Royal Theater by Superman. Superman’s jaw expands in a huge smile as he and the quiet members of the League start laughing as Batman asks who rigged the League to murder him.
Batman battles the dishonest Superman and uses kryptonite-based chewing gum to immobilize him. The league, it turns out, is infected with a more potent strain of Joker poison that is tailored to each member.
In Arkham’s abandoned Asylum, Batman visits the Joker’s former cell, where he meets Eric Border, an employee at Arkham’s New Mansion. Border claims that since his arrival, he has only sought to assist the city and Batman, but now he realizes that Batman cannot be helped.
Border removes his makeup to expose himself as the Joker after using muscle relaxants and medicine to disguise his appearance. Batman is imprisoned in the Joker’s cage as Border removes his makeup to reveal himself as the Joker. After their final encounter, The Joker confesses that he finds Batman dull and that he now wants to terminate their relationship forever.
When the Joker says he won’t be able to defend himself if his plot goes through, Batman is knocked out by paralyzing gas. After regaining consciousness, Batman discovers that the Joker in Gotham has unleashed an incurable virus into the air that is spread via laughing.
This makes the victim seem to be the wild card, and emotions of love are transformed into violent hate, resulting in widespread pandemonium. Batman visits Gotham Presbyterian Hospital in search of the first known infection, but instead encounters an infected Joe Chill, the man who killed his parents and a recreation of the night Batman’s parents died, revealing that the Joker is aware of his identity.
Duke Thomas can be saved from Chill and the infected crowd by Batman, but not his parents. Meanwhile, in the hospital, James Gordon does research and discovers video that seems to be of the Joker decades before the Joker first encountered Batman.
Gordon is attacked by the Joker, who is then turned off. When Gordon contacts Batman to relay the news, the Joker rises to his feet and knocks Gordon down. The Joker takes up the phone and says, “Hello, Bruce,” as Batman screams for Gordon.
Gordon is found dead with an axe in his chest by Batman. Gordon becomes infected and fights Batman, only to be defeated by Alfred’s daughter Julia. Batman deduces, with the aid of Nightwing, that the Joker is utilizing a serum that may heal him of deadly injury, and that the virus includes the serum’s whole opposite side.
They also learn that Paul Dekker, a crazy genius in the field of regenerative technology, was returned to frontier custody a year ago. Batman meets Dekker, who explains that the healing serum and virus were only possible because to a unique natural component found in the Joker’s spine; Dekker believes the Joker is immortal.
He injects himself with a serum given to him by the Joker in the hopes of becoming immortal, but it kills him. Julia tells Batman that research has unearthed pictures of the Joker going back millennia in Gotham history, and that those infected would die within 24 hours unless a treatment is discovered.
Desperate, Batman seeks assistance from the Court of Owls. The court refuses to assist Batman, but he confronts their assassin Talon Uriah Boone, who has lived since the founding of Gotham, about the Joker’s supposed longevity. Meanwhile, the Joker relies on his regenerative abilities to make it through the Batcave’s lengthy swim and defenses.
Alfred attempts to stop the Joker, but the Joker chops off Alfred’s hand before fleeing with Batman’s crime-fighting trophies. The Joker then conducts a parade through town, driving tanks carrying the prizes through the infected.
Batman gathers his family as well as some of his most vehement foes to fight the Joker and preserve the city they all love. The Joker is preparing for the “greatest twist of all” thanks to their combined efforts.
Batman battles the Joker, but the Joker’s poisonous gas overwhelms him and his friends.
The Joker takes off the Batman mask, revealing that Nightwing pretended to be Batman to keep the real Batman busy while the real Batman investigated the cave system under Gotham that the Joker would have visited after falling off the cliff at the conclusion of “Death of the” Family. Batman discovers a tunnel filled of the Joker’s explosives, as well as a pool of Dionesium, the healing fluid that gives the Joker his regenerative powers.
Batman is confronted by the Joker, who detonates the bombs. He and Batman battle and severely hurt each other as the cave starts to collapse.
After discovering that the Joker hasn’t survived as long as others say, Batman injects him with an immune response blocker, but Dionesium is used instead. When the Joker attempts to attack a Batman who is muted, he is forced into the path of a falling ice, which fractures his back. When he attempts frantically to crawl to the pool to recover, Batman stops him until the cave ceiling collapses, ruining the pool.
Surrendering to their destiny, Batman explains that the Joker was defeated when Batman administered small amounts of Dionesium to his friends to shield them from the Joker’s poison while collecting a larger quantity for Julia to recover across town.
When the cave falls above them, the Joker and Batman are laying on the floor. While Dionesium, gathered by Batman and delivered to Julia, allows the city to be healed of Joker’s disease, Alfred refuses to put his hand back, saying he has no more remedy.
While Batman had the ability to be immortal and avoid death, as the Joker promised, Batman was resolved to be just that Time to live he had and “smile” emptiness, according to Alfred’s interpretation of Batman’s last letter.
Only the word “Ha” appears on the letter, which echoes Joker’s last remark to him at the conclusion of “Death of the Family.”
10. Gaslight Gotham
Brian Augustyn, Brian Augustyn, Brian Augustyn, Brian Augustyn, Brian Augustyn, Brian August Mike Mignola is one of the most well-known comic book creators. Date of Publication: February 1989
Bruce Wayne goes on a trip to Europe in 1889. His trip across Europe comes to a conclusion in Vienna, where he is studying with Dr. Freud. On the way back, Bruce runs across an old family acquaintance, Jacob Packer.
Inspector Gordon tells Bruce about the criminal groups operating in Gotham shortly after his arrival. Gordon also shows Bruce the instance of a guy who poisoned his wife and attempted suicide with the poison, only to wake up with a permanent grin on his face. Bruce takes up the mantle of Batman to combat crime on the streets.
At the same period, a sequence of female killings occurs. The arrival of Jack the Ripper in Gotham is quickly detected. A bloodied knife is discovered beneath Bruce’s bed during a search of Wayne Manor, and Bruce is arrested. After a trial, Bruce is found guilty of his actions and condemned to death by hanging. Bruce is being held at Arkham Asylum awaiting his execution.
Once in jail, Gordon hands over all of the evidence related to the murders, and Bruce sets about figuring out how to apprehend Jack the Ripper. Just one day before the execution, Bruce discovers the Ripper’s identity by learning that he had surgical skills and that the knife he used belonged to the medical organization with whom his father worked.
With Alfred’s assistance, he eventually breaks out from jail and goes straight for Jack the Ripper. Just as Jack the Ripper is ready to take his latest victim, Batman rushes in. The two wind themselves in front of Thomas and Martha Wayne’s tomb, where Jacob Packer is revealed to be the Ripper, while Batman pursues the Ripper across Gotham.
Martha Wayne’s rejection of Packer’s approaches had drove him insane. He’s been murdering women who look like Martha ever then. Packer also admits to hiring an assassin to murder the Waynes. Gordon arrives with the cops at that point. Packer admits to being Jack the Ripper and attempts to murder Batman, but Gordon shoots him at the last minute, killing him.
9. Batman: Be quiet.
Jeph Loeb, Jeph Loeb, Jeph Loeb, Jeph Loeb, Jeph Jim Lee, Jim Lee, Jim Lee, Jim Lee, Jim Lee, Jim Lee, Jim Lee, Dates of publication: October 2002 – September 2003
Batman saves a wealthy lad abducted by Bane, but Catwoman arrives and takes the ransom money from the bag. When pursuing her, Batman’s grapple is suddenly broken, resulting in a massive fall and a fractured head. The hero then instructs Alfred Pennyworth to call an old boyhood friend of his, Thomas Elliot, who is now a famous neurosurgeon.
When Batman is resurrected, he continues his inquiry and discovers that Catwoman is under the influence of Poison Ivy, who has fled to Metropolis. Batman and Catwoman go there to confront Superman, who is also under the influence of the clever criminal.
When Harley Quinn arrives, Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle, Leslie Thompkins, and Dr. Elliot go to the opera in Gotham City. The doctor is presumably murdered by the Joker while pursuing the criminal.
During Dr. Elliot’s burial, Batman informs Dick Grayson that a mystery foe is behind his old foes’ recent activities. “Hush” is a guy with bandages on his face who appears at all crime sites.
Later, Robin (Tim Drake) is apprehended by Jason Todd, his predecessor who had been believed dead since the “A Death in the Family” plotline. While battling Jason, Batman learns that he is really Clayface, a former foe who had taken on the identity of the late Jason Todd.
Batman learns that his computer has been hacked into. Harold, his technician, confesses that someone had healed his deformed condition in return for installing the device, but Hush shoots and kills him before he can identify the mastermind.
Then, during the struggle, a “reborn” Harvey Dent arrives and shoots Hush, revealing the identity of the mystery guy with the bandages – it is, in reality, Thomas Elliot. However, now that the Hush mystery has been solved, the Dark Knight is faced with a new problem: Jason Todd’s grave is empty, and his assailants have refused to disclose what happened to the boy’s corpse.
No Man’s Land (No Man’s Land) (No Man’s Land)
Jordan B. Gorfinkel, Greg Rucka, Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty, Paul Dini, Bob Gale, Devin K. Grayson, Kelley Puckett, Larry Hama, Bronwyn Carlton, Jordan B. Gorfinkel, Greg Rucka, Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty, Paul Dini, Bob Gale, Devin K. Grayson, Kelley Puckett, Larry Hama, Bronwyn Carlton Greg Land, Andy Kuhn, Yvel Guichet, Alex Maleev, Dale Eaglesham, Frank Teran, Phil Winslade, Damion Scott, Dan Jurgens, Mike Deodato, Tom Morgan, Mat Broome, Sergio Cariello, Greg Land, Andy Kuhn, Yvel Guichet, Alex Maleev, Dale Eaglesham, Frank Teran, Phil Winslade, Damion Scott, Dan Jurgens, Mike Deoda Dae was published from January to December 1999.
The city of Gotham is reeling from the effects of a 7.61 magnitude earthquake. As a result, the US government proclaims Gotham “no man’s land,” destroys all bridges connecting to the island, and establishes a military blockade to keep people out.
Over the years, the gangs and different Batman villains have fought to gain control of the city. Commissioner James Gordon and some officers of his agency, dubbed the “Blue Boys” by the public, are staying behind to safeguard citizens.
The Oracle and the Huntress are also present. Bruce Wayne has left town in an attempt to persuade the government to continue assisting Gotham, but he is unsuccessful. Gordon and his men are waiting for Batman to return, but he hasn’t been seen in months, leading authorities to think he’s left Gotham.
Gordon, disillusioned and enraged, blames Batman and refuses to even use his name. Huntress wears the Batgirl outfit to try to keep the peace.
She quickly learns that criminals fear her more as the Batgirl than as the Huntress, and she establishes authority over her own area. When Batman reappears, he allows him to keep the outfit.
She abandons the suit after failing to control Double-Face and his army of soldiers and losing Batman’s domain. Separately, Batman and the cops attempt to recapture Gotham one piece at a time, battling and apprehending gang leaders and spray-painting liberated areas with graffiti.
Gordon and SWAT Lieutenant William “Billy” Petit, whose militaristic and uncompromising tactics (no prisoners) shock and infuriate Gordon, create a rift; the “Blue Boys” ultimately split into two groups, with Petit and his officers becoming the “Strong Men.”
The Knightfall trilogy is number seven.
Chuck Dixon, Jo Duffy, Alan Grant, Dennis O’Neil, Doug Moench Writers: Jim Aparo, Jim Balent, Eduardo Barreto, Bret Blevins, Norm Breyfogle, Vincent Giarrano, Tom Grummett, Klaus Janson, Barry Kitson, Mike Manley, Graham Nolan, Sal Velluto, Mike Vosburg, Ron Wagner Artists: Jim Aparo, Jim Balent, Eduardo Barreto, Bre
Over the course of six months, this large-scale tale comprises of three main storylines plus a succession of prequel, sequel, and tie-in stories. A new supervillain arrives in Gotham in the first major story, “Knightfall.”
Bane, as he is known, is a “super-steroid” criminal mastermind who uses a tactical assault on Batman, depleting him physically and emotionally until he ultimately beats him in a battle, shattering his back and almost killing him. Batman is rescued, but his immobility prevents him from donning the hood. Batman selects Jean-Paul Valley, also known as Azrael, as his successor in an unexpected decision.
Valley is a completely different Batman, considerably more violent, egotistical, and paranoid, which creates difficulties and alienates him from his allies, despite being a suitable successor.
Valley created a new mechanical Bat-suit and faced Bane, beating him and leaving him psychologically and physically damaged, much as he did Batman. Valley decides not to murder him and instead sends him to Blackgate, where he will continue to watch over Gotham.
“Knightquest” is a direct sequel to “Knightfall” and follows two different stories. Valley’s tumultuous stint as Batman and his battles against Gotham’s criminals and supervillains are the focus of the first story.
The famous moment in which Valley lets the serial murderer Abattoir and his victim die is included in this story. In the second story, Bruce Wayne and Alfred are on the lookout for Jack Drake and Shondra Kinsolving.
Valley’s collapse culminates in him becoming a cruel and unpleasant version of Batman in “KnightsEnd.” Bruce Wayne insists that he resign, but Valley refuses, so Bruce prepares for a fight.
Valley and Wayne fight it out in the caves around the Batcave under Wayne Manor in the ultimate battle. Valley is outwitted and then defeated by Bruce, who then lets him go since he chose him as his successor and so bears responsibility for his misdeeds.
6. Batman: Arkham Asylum – A Serious Residence on a Serious Planet
Grant Morrison, Grant Morrison, Grant Morrison, Grant Morrison, Grant Morrison, Grant Morrison, Grant Dave McKean is an artist. Date of Publication: October 1989
A riot in Arkham is reported to Commissioner Gordon, who notifies Batman. The patients take control at the hospital under the leadership of the Joker, but they are not in a rush to leave. To free the captives, the prisoners requested that Batman pay them a visit at the Asylum.
The Joker pulls Batman inside Arkham after speaking on the phone with his arch-enemy: as soon as the Bat suggests that he may refuse, the villain starts to remark aloud on how he knocks out 19-year-old Pearl, who works in the hospital’s kitchen, with a pencil.
All gates and exits to Arkham are blocked as soon as the hero enters the city.
Except for the psychiatrists Cavendish and Adams, who stayed willingly, the Joker releases the hostages (Pearl has both eyes on the spot – it was only a prank because it was April Fools’ Day).
The Joker starts a complex kind of torture, requiring Batman to complete a Dr. Adams-created word association exam. The madman then chooses to play hide and seek with the hero, buying him some time before unleashing the whole Arkham pack on him.
The true search for the Bat starts now. If not for the unsettling analogies and subconsciousness, weird and stunning visual imagery, and thoughts on the border between sanity and insanity, Batman’s frantic efforts to take control of the situation might appear ordinary.
Each of the hospital’s inhabitants is given a brief but realistic psychological picture by the writers.
Two-Face is one of them, and he’s in a pickle — the doctors removed the fatal coin from him and replaced it with a fortune-telling tarot card, so the poor guy now has to select from 78 possibilities, and can’t even decide whether or not to go to the bathroom.
Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, Killer Croc, Clayface, Maxie Zeus, and Doctor Fate, all fantasizing about avenging the perpetrator and anticipating the Joker toying with Batman.
Finally, there’s the Clown himself – the Prince of Crime, whose fixation with obtaining the Dark Knight takes on a particularly heinous shape here: the maniac’s lines are painted in blood crimson, and his grin is unnatural.
A grining devil takes Batman through all the circles of hospital hell in order to show that he is as crazy as any other patient in Arkham. Two-Face is tasked with deciding Batman’s ultimate destiny in the end.
He claims Batman is free after tossing a coin; only he and the reader know that the coin landed on the “evil” side. The Joker observes the deal and leads the arch-enemy to the door, joking at the end that there is always room for him here.
5. Victory in the Dark
Jeph Loeb, Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale, Jeph Loeb, Jeph Loeb, Jeph Loeb, Jeph Loeb, Dates of publication: November 1999–December 2000
Batman arrests and imprisons Alberto Falcone, the serial murderer known as Holiday, during the events of Batman: The Long Halloween. Months later, Pino and Umberto Maroni, Sal Maroni’s sons, plan a major breakout at Arkham Asylum. The escape is planned so that the two may locate and murder Two-Face as a peace offering to Sofia Falcone Gigante in the midst of the chaos.
Alberto is subsequently given parole as a result of his conduct during the riots. Soon later, many key people linked to the GCPD are assassinated over the holidays; the bodies are accompanied by a letter containing a hangman game, and the circumstances point to Harvey Dent as the assassin.
Alberto greets his mysterious brother, Mario Falcone, who has returned from exile in Italy, while the new district attorney, Janice Porter, gets to work on the case.
Alberto also greets Sofia, his younger sister, who survived her confrontation with Catwoman in Batman: The Long Halloween but is now confined to a wheelchair owing to her injuries. Sofia, on the other hand, continues to rule the falcone kingdom.
As Hangman’s victims become increasingly common, Two-Face declares war on Sofia Falcone in order to put an end to her criminal empire once and for all. Dick Grayson’s parents were killed as a result of the conflict, leaving him in the care of Bruce Wayne, Batman’s alter ego.
The Joker, the Scarecrow, the Penguin, Riddler, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, the Mad Hatter, and Solomon Grundy are among the supervillains enlisted by Two-Face to eliminate the remnants of the Gotham mob. Mario Falcone, who has established an alliance with Janice Porter, is soon isolated by Porter, who is having an affair with Two-Face, who will eventually kill her.
At the same moment, as the Hangman attempts to hang James Gordon on the Bat-Signal, Two-Face saves his life, proving that he is not the killer. On Halloween the following year, Sofia confesses that she was never handicapped and that she was the one who carried out the Hangman killings, which targeted all of the cops who had aided Harvey Dent’s career.
Later, she drowns Alberto and destroys Gotham’s gas lines in order to set fire to Two-Face, who is sheltering in the sewers. Two-Face returns to Sofia after being saved by Batman and shoots her in the head. Two-Face joins the Joker, Poison Ivy, and Mr. Freez at the Batcave after escaping from an underground cordoned-off area.
If it hadn’t been for the timely intervention of Dick, who had trained in secret to become Robin, Batman’s secret would have been revealed. He makes his debut as Robin, dressed in his old circus costume, and assists Batman in defeating the majority of the criminals. When it comes down to Batman against Two-Face, the latter claims ownership of Gotham.
The Joker arrives at the last minute, shooting Two-Face, who falls over a cliff. The Joker is then immobilized with Robin’s assistance. Meanwhile, Mario Falcone, who has lost everything, sets fire to his house.
Catwoman then pays a visit to Carmine Falcone’s grave, indicating that he might be her biological father. We also notice that Two-Face has not only survived, but has also frozen Carmine Falcone’s corpse.
In the closing pages of the book, Batman gives Dick a way out of his quest for vengeance against the villains who killed his parents. When Dick declines the offer, Batman informs him that the two will now collaborate. He goes on to say that he will keep the promise he made to his parents, but that he is no longer alone.
4. The First Year of Batman
Fran Miller is the author of this piece. David Mazzucchelli, David Mazzucchelli, David Mazzucchelli, David Mazzucchelli, David Dates of publication: February – May 1987
Batman’s first year as the Dark Knight of Gotham is chronicled in Miller’s famous tale. It’s a totally factual tale that chronicles his battle against Gotham’s criminal underworld even before the formation of his Rogues Gallery, as well as his initial meeting with James Gordon and the building of their future friendship and partnership.
3. The Extensive Halloween
Jeph Loeb, Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale, Jeph Loeb, Jeph Loeb, Jeph Loeb, Jeph Loeb, Dates of publication: December 1996–December 1997
While Batman, Captain James Gordon, and District Attorney Harvey Dent work together to put an end to mobster Carmine “The Roman” Falcone’s illegal activities, a mysterious murderer known only as Holiday begins to kill on major holidays; his victims are important people connected to the Falcone family.
He always leaves a.22 caliber pistol with a bottle nipple as a silencer and a greeting card at the murder site.
Batman and Gordon shift their attention to Calendar Man, a criminal who has similarly exploited the holiday motif and is now imprisoned. The evidence starts to lean against prosecutor Harvey Dent as the inquiry continues. Gilda, his wife, chastises him for his work-obsessed mentality. Dent, on the other hand, is still hell-bent on bringing down the Falcones.
Carmine Falcone, for one, is worried that his kingdom is losing its invincibility, and he starts enlisting supervillains to stop Holiday. The killings, however, continue, and Falcone’s son Alberto is killed on New Year’s Eve, leaving him heartbroken. Dent, the prosecutor, continues his campaign against the Falcone family.
He persuades Sal Maroni, Carmine Falcone’s rival gangster, to testify in return for specific advantages. Everything is well until Dent’s assistant, Vernon Field, is contacted on the day of the trial to bring a box to Maroni, which turns out to be acid, which the gangster uses to disfigure Dent’s face.
The prosecutor is hospitalized, but the assault has a psychological effect on him, causing him to acquire a second identity; he escapes the hospital and seeks shelter with Solomon Grundy in the sewers.
Despite being in police custody, Maroni is assassinated by Alberto Falcone, who claims to be dead and identifies himself as Holiday. His murder spree was a method for him to spend more time with his father. Alberto is condemned to the gas chamber, but his sentence is commuted to Arkham Asylum incarceration. Carmine Falcone is assaulted by all of the villains that appear throughout the tale in the finale.
Harvey Dent, also known as Two-Face, now leads the gang. Except for Catwoman and Two-Face, Batman arrives and manages to confine them all. In front of the gangster’s daughter, Sofia Falcone Gigante, the latter kills Falcone in the style of Holiday. Sofia attempts to protect her father, but Catwoman intervenes. They both exit the room via a window.
After exacting his vengeance, Two-Face surrenders to the authorities. He mentions the existence of two Holiday murderers before being imprisoned in Arkham.
The Killing Joke is the second film in the series.
Alan Moore (author) Brian Bolland is an artist. Date of Publication: March 1988
Joker has escaped Arkham Asylum with the intention of driving Commissioner Gordon crazy. He’s doing it all to show that even the most ideal citizen may go crazy after a particularly terrible day.
The Joker shoots Barbara Gordon, paralyzing her, to establish his hypothesis. He then kidnaps Commissioner Gordon and takes him to an abandoned amusement park, where he undresses her and snaps photos of her.
The Joker compels Gordon to gaze at images of his wounded daughter on a merry-go-round with the aid of his accomplices. Soon after, Batman arrives, and after a brief battle with the Joker, the Joker flees into another merry-go-round.
James Gordon has been freed, and despite his ordeals, he has not gone insane. Batman pursues the Joker and, after a struggle, captures him, offering to assist him in curing his lunacy. The Joker declines because he believes it is too late to heal him.
Following that, the Joker tells Batman a joke, and when the police come to arrest the dangerous criminal, the Joker and Batman laugh together at the conclusion of the joke.
Moore’s Joker was once an engineer who left his work at a chemical plant to pursue a career as a comedian, according to the comic book. However, he is a complete failure in his new position. Disappointed, he is recruited by professional thieves who seek to steal money from a playing card factory that is only accessible via the chemical plant.
These crooks recruit naive individuals with important knowledge and force them to wear the Red Hood’s helmet in order to pass themselves off as the gang’s leader. The failing actor learns of his pregnant wife’s death on the day of the heist.
The criminals compel him to complete the task, even though he no longer wants to. The three is soon recognized by plant security inside the chemical factory, and the two crooks are shot and murdered.
Following that, Batman arrives to attempt to apprehend the Red Hood, but the comedian falls into an acid vat and is poisoned by the chemical, but he survives. He laughs as he sees his face blackened and deformed by acid, and so the Joker is born.
1. The Return of the Dark Knight
Frank Miller is the author(s) of this story. Frank Miller and Klaus Janson are two artists that have collaborated on this project. Dates of publication: February–June 1986
The tale of The Dark Knight Returns starts ten years after the masked hero Batman retired. The world’s heroes have been rendered illegal, and the final one in activity, Superman, is an American government agent and a super-weapon utilized in times of international conflict or disaster.
The rise in crime in Gotham City, spurred on by the group known as the “Mutants,” coupled with Bruce Wayne’s unique sense of justice, prompts the former vigilante to emerge from the shadows of retirement and confront the city’s criminals.
Miller portrays Batman as a man scarred and tortured by his history who utilizes his intellect and power to bring about justice in a much more harsh and violent manner than in the past, with the exception of the principle of never murdering criminals. The world is rocked by the vigilante’s rebirth.
While Batman is dubbed an outlaw and accused of breaching human rights, he has a legion of fans who respect his efforts to restore order, peace, and justice.
Carrie Kelley, a teen, has emerged as a new and controversial Robin, adding fuel to the media fire. The Joker wakes from his catatonic state at Arkham Asylum when he sees the Dark Knight return, feeling inspired to return to active service.
He goes on the run, seeks out, manipulates, and beats up Selina Kyle, the former Catwoman (who now runs an escort agency), to get at a high-ranking member and instigate a nuclear attack; he schedules a television interview but murders the entire audience with his laughing gas; he goes on the run, seeks out, manipulates, and beats up Selina Kyle, the former Catwoman (who now runs an escort agency), to get
He travels about town hurting and murdering people until he meets Batman, who he manipulates into losing control and breaking his morals.
When Harvey Dent, nicknamed Two-Face, watches Batman in action, he seems to be free of his psychopathy and physically healed thanks to great cosmetic surgery. Miller reveals the psychological connection that exists between Batman and his two major foes.
That’s when the US government sends the Man of Steel after the masked hero, setting off an epic battle between the two heroes, with Batman utilizing his wits and intellect to balance the battle against a superpowered foe with heat vision, tremendous strength, and invulnerability.
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