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Where to start with Batman?
New to Batman?
Starting with Batman is sometimes a daunting task given the 75 years of history with the Dark Knight. Fortunately, we are here to guide you on what all stuff to read in what order so that you get the best introduction to the character and it's universe.
He is not imposing and strong like Bane, not psychotic like the Joker, does not have mutant or supernatural powers like Man-Bat or Clayface - Yet he remains one of the most famous Batman villains. The Penguin is one of those Batman villains who has risen and stayed at the top despite all odds.
Batman has stayed strong and iconic for more than 75 years. He has seen it's challenges, but has come out a better character, just like he does in the comics. Let's take a look at the character, his history, his personality and makes him tick even after all these years.
Understanding the Joker
The Joker was the first villain Batman encountered, and he has remained the most legendary Batman villain ever since. Over the years, the Joker has been portrayed as a petty prankster, or a sick, twisted mass mudering psychopath, as well as everything in between. Let's dive into the madness of this character.
Most of Batman's biggest villains are reflections of parts of his personality. The ability to induce fear is central to Batman, and Dr. Jonathan Crane, or The Scarecrow is a former professor with an obsession with fear. Let's look at this fascinating character, and all the scarecrow has done throughout the years, and what all he still might do!
The Joker incapacitates and brainwashes the justice league with his Joker toxin, and is now coming to destroy Gotham and everything Batman vowed to defend, including Batman himself. Its a modern day classic.
Review: Batman Year One
Year One is still one of the most important Batman stories ever. Heck, its one of the most important stories written in comics in general. Written by Frank Miller and with art by David Mazzucchelli and with Dennis O'Neal as Editor, this series helps define Bruce Wayne's early journey to become the Dark Knight, while also telling the story of James Gordon and how they both begin to trust each other.
Review: The Killing Joke
Written by Alan Moore and with Artwork by Brian Bolland, the Killing Joke is regarded as one of the best Batman graphic novels of all time, this story features the Joker taking Batman and the people close to him to the brink of their sanity, while giving an intimate look at the Joker's past and his own psychosis.
Review: The Dark Knight Returns
The graphic novel that started the modern age of Batman, and of comics in general too. Hugely influential, its a landmark piece of work which was an instant classic. Lets take a look at Frank Miller's story and art, and see just what makes this work so great, and how it elevated Batman to another level.
Artist Profile: Bob Kane
Bob Kane is 'officially' recognized as the creator of the character of Batman. The truth is more complicated than that. Nevertheless he was a hugely influential figure, so let's delve into his life and career.
Artist Profile: Bill Finger
Batman, as we know it, never would have happened without Bill Finger. Let's look into the life of one of the most influential men in comic book history who sadly, was never given his due recognition in his lifetime.
Butler, Actor, Researcher, Advisor, Confidante and Father Figure. ... Alfred has proved to be the most important person in Bruce Wayne's life. He's the Bat-family's biggest support. Who is he? Why has he proved so special to Batman and his allies?