Discover the list of Top 10 Best Comic Books of Batman of All Time.
Batman Comics: Top 10 Best Batman Comic Books:
Bruce Wayne, who witnessed the murder of his billionaire parents as a child, swore to avenge their deaths. He trained extensively to achieve mental and physical strength. Equipped with latest in Tech gadgetry – he fights in the City of Gotham to save it from Crime and Corruption Mafia – and its worst enemy Joker!
The story of Batman is Timeless! No comic book character can boast quite the collection of great comic book stories written about them as Batman. There have been excellent “Batman” comic books going back over 7 decades, but it’s not just a matter of longevity.
You can pick any given year and there will likely be a great “Batman comic” – However, we at Toptenia.com – have listed down the Top 10 Best Batman Comics Books for your reading in the crime-fighting world of Batman.
10. Batman: The Long Halloween
The Long Halloween is heavily influenced by film noir and films such as The Godfather. The series continues the story of Carmine Falcone introduced in Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One. Set early in Batman‘s career a few months after the events of Year One, the story revolves around the gradual transition of Batman’s rogues’ gallery from simple mob goons to full-fledged supervillains.
It is also the origin of Two-Face, adding along to the story in Batman: Annual #14. It follows the events in a few months following Year One and examines an entire year of Batman’s career as a crime fighter, so it could be considered a “Year Two”/”Year Three”, in some form.
This story has been accepted into continuity after Zero Hour erased the events of Batman: Year Two from the canon. The plot follows Batman’s struggle to find a mysterious killer, while Harvey Dent’s and Jim Gordon’s marriages are strained during the process. As the story unfolds, Carmine Falcone hires “freaks” (Poison Ivy, the Riddler, the Scarecrow, and the Mad Hatter) in an attempt to stop the Batman and restore power back to the family, only to discover that the freaks are more powerful than he expected.
Undone: Following the death of Damian Wayne in “Batman Incorporated” #8, the Batman titles all had issues that reacted to Damian’s death. The most powerful one by far was in “Batman and Robin” #18, where Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, and Mick Gray showed how Damian’s death had left Batman “Undone.”
The issue’s story was told without dialogue, although Bruce does find a letter Damian wrote to him before he died. The silence was resounding, as there were literally no words to express just how haunted Batman was by the loss not only of his partner but his son.
Throughout the issue, Batman threw himself into fighting crime to get his mind off of his missing son but instead was constantly haunted by Damian’s presence… and then his absence. It’s a haunting tale, told with such powerful emotions by Tomasi, Gleason, and Gray. As Batman breaks down, the reader gets a rare glimpse into the true tragedy of his pain and suffering.
In Endgame which ran from “Batman Core Issues” – Volume 2 – #35-40, delivered a fitting conclusion to the story they began in “Death of the Family.”
After that story, the Joker had become disgusted with his relationship with Batman, as he felt the Dark Knight had broken their social contract. Thus, Batman was boring and needed to be destroyed. Joker tried to achieve this through sending Batman’s own Justice League teammates after him, controlling them through Joker Venom.
After Batman found a way to defeat his superhero friends, he found himself at a loss as to how to defeat Joker’s larger plan, which involved infecting the entire city of Gotham with a twisted version of Joker Venom. In the end, Batman was forced to turn to his greatest enemies for help, as after all, Joker wanted the destruction of Gotham City period. Even villains need a place to live, right? The story ended the only way it could, with Batman and Joker fighting each other to the seeming death.
7. Death of the Family
The Death of the Family is a Batman Family crossover storyline written by Scott Snyder with illustrations by Greg Capullo.
The Joker returns to Gotham City after a year, appearing at GCPD Headquarters. He slaughters several cops and taunts Jim Gordon, then steals his own severed face out of the evidence room and leaves. Batman alerts the extended Batman Family that Joker has returned. The Joker kills John Claridge on live television and swears that he will murder Mayor Hady by midnight. Batman and Gordon set up a protective GCPD cordon around Hady. Ironically, the Joker uses his venom to kill every single guard and leave Hady unharmed. The poison has been altered to leave victims frowning, and a clue leads Batman to Ace Chemicals where he first encountered the Joker.
Harley Quinn is disguised as Red Hood and traps Batman in a vat filling with chemicals. Harley warns Batman that Joker is not the same, and a prerecorded message by Joker announces that he will liberate Batman by killing Batman’s family. The Joker visits Wayne Manor now wearing a loosely reattached face and attacks Alfred Pennyworth with a hammer. Batman escapes the vat and returns home to learn that Alfred has been kidnapped. Joker needs a servant for an upcoming celebration and has chosen Alfred for his connection to Batman Incorporated. Batman visits Jim Gordon to protect him, but Gordon is hospitalized by a poison in his old photos.
They determine that Joker is revisiting his most famous crimes and reinventing them with new twists. Batman and Nightwing try to stop Joker poisoning the reservoir. Joker has instead rigged it to explode where Batman would have, injuring Nightwing in the blast, and filled the reservoir with corpses of those who would have been poisoned by it anyway. Joker ties up Batman in a trap and explains that he views himself as the “court jester” to Batman as “king.” He believes his job is to deliver unpleasant truths to Batman that he wouldn’t hear from anyone else. Joker announces on the radio that he has learned the secret identities of Batman’s allies, and within 72 hours they will all be killed by Batman. The Penguin is enlisted to Joker’s schemes through blackmail.
6. The Return Of Bruce Wayne
The Return of the Bruce Wayne: At the end of “Final Crisis,” Darkseid had seemingly killed Batman with his Omega Sanction. However, we soon learned that instead of killing him, Darkseid had sent Batman spinning, lost in time. Batman was now trapped in the past and forced to find a way to fight his way back to his own present. However, since this is Batman we’re talking about here, Darkseid knew very well that Batman would eventually make his way back. Thus, he set up a trap so that Batman would bring more and more “Omega energy” with him on every time jump, eventually collecting enough so that on his final jump home, he would destroy the universe.
Meanwhile, Batman’s superhero friends were traveling through time trying to find him, as well. Each issue in the series had a different artist and saw Batman visiting a different point in history, inevitably getting caught up in fighting for justice in that time period… because of Batman. Naturally, he found a way to outwit Darkseid and complete his return.
5. Batman And Robin Must Die!
Batman and Robin Must Die is a Batman and Robin storyline written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Frazer Irving, part of the larger Morrison’s Batman saga. This is the fifth and final book in Morrison’s Batman and Robin series featuring Dick Grayson as Batman and Damian Wayne as Robin.
It’s preceded by Batman vs. Robin and leads into the conclusion in Black Mass, after which Paul Cornell takes over the series with The Sum of Her Parts.
4. Zero Year
Zero Year is an eleven-part story arc in the Batman comic book, written by Scott Snyder and penciled by Greg Capullo, which tells the untold tale of an inexperienced Bruce Wayne’s formative years in his war on crime, before honing his craft and establishing himself as The Batman.
With only his mission in mind and no care for his legacy as a Wayne, Bruce moved out of Wayne Manor and into a brownstone on Park Row from which he based his early attempts to infiltrate the Red Hood Gang after only six weeks back in Gotham. Bruce Wayne temporarily became a voluntary patient at Arkham Asylum, almost going through with a shock therapy that would erase his very identity so as to avoid his grief, but he backed out at the last second and never told this to even his butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Despite trying to remain off the grid, Bruce’s uncle Philip Kane had kept tabs on him. He had also gained control of Wayne Enterprises in Bruce’s absence and had hired a strategist in Edward Nygma, on whose advice he urged Bruce to return to the company. When Bruce refused, Nygma suggested Phillip have him killed. Finding little success in his battle with the Red Hood, and in conflict with Alfred about the best way to proceed, Bruce agreed to meet Phillip at the museum in the hopes of preventing the sale of WayneTech devices to the gang through his uncle’s subsidiaries.
At the museum, though, Philip outed Bruce’s return to the media. After storming off angrily, Bruce encountered Nygma, who revealed both his penchant for riddles and the fact that Philip had given more to the Red Hood Gang than just weapons. Not long after returning home, the Red Hood Gang blew up the Park Row brownstone with Bruce inside. Learning of this, Philip confronted Nygma, blaming him. His strategist out-thought him, though, and tendered his resignation. Bruce had survived the explosion, though, and crawled through underground tunnels, back to Wayne Manor, where, in his father’s study, he discovered a mapping device which projected an image of the cave below the manor and the bats that lived inside. He was inspired, then, to take on the appearance of a bat.
Leviathan is a Batman storyline written by Paul Dini, Christopher Yost, and Mike Benson and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen.
Leviathan was an organization headed by former Demon Head Talia al Ghul. It was used to combat against the Batman Incorporated army of Bruce Wayne. Huntress chases a deranged Man-Bat through the streets and struggles against putting him down permanently for the greater good. Elsewhere a priest in one of Gotham’s worst areas struggles with losing his faith and asks God for a sign. When Huntress and Man-Bat crash through the roof of the priest’s church and lie unconscious, he finally hears the voice of God telling him to kill them both.
Huntress and Man-Bat awaken several hours later and the priest has tied them up with plans to murder them both using a shotgun. They manage to get free and Huntress begins to suspect there is an invisible man in the church pretending to be God’s voice based on Man-Bat’s reactions. Batman bursts in through the window and sedates Man-Bat, not realizing he is the only one who can see the invisible gunman. However, the priest spins around and knocks out the invisible man, revealing that he knew all along and was simply playing along until he could locate him. They commend him on his bravery and the priest explains that it’s not enough to have faith, in Gotham you have to fight to keep it.
2. The Black Mirror
The Black Mirror is a Batman storyline featuring Dick Grayson, written by Scott Snyder with illustrations by Jock and Francesco Francavilla.
In “The Black Mirror,” a series of brutal murders pushes Batman’s detective skills to the limit and forces him to confront one of Gotham City’s oldest evils. This storyline deals with the return of James Gordon Jr. after a long hiatus, reintroducing him into publication as a remorseless killer. His cold psychopathic tendencies are a sort of black mirror of the soul that Dick Grayson sees himself reflected in, they’re completely at odds with the son of Batman and the son of Gotham. Snyder also introduces several new characters including The Dealer, Roadrunner, Sonia Zucco and Tiger Shark.
1. The Court Of Owls
Batman: The Court of Owls is a Batman storyline published as part of The New 52. The Court of Owls is secret organization centuries old with immense power and influence embedded into the very architecture and history of Gotham City.
They are a violent cabal who use architecture and murder to wield political influence throughout history. Their legend is told only through whispers and a nursery rhyme that bears their name. To carry out their interests, they employ a breed of highly-trained assassins known as Talons. The leaders of the organization appear to be human and wear owl masks on their faces. The rest of the court, on the other hand, are mutated and appear to actually be human/owl hybrids. Their owl-like distorted faces, long claws, and their eating style prove this.