A Death in the Family

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What did I get myself into? The idea was simple: create of list of the most important Batman stories across all media – comic books, TV and movies. More than that, it should be a list of suggestions. If someone asked you about Batman having never engaged with the character before, where would you tell them to begin?

Easier said than done.

After a lot of hand wringing, soul-searching, and suggestion taking, the following list of 12 items spans Batman stories culled from the pages of several comic books to the celluloid dreams of his finest big and small screen adventures. They all tell us something about Batman, but they also tell us something about how to do Batman right, which is no mean feat in and of itself. Some of these choices may be obvious, some of them you may (vehemently) disagree with, but if you had never heard of Batman before, and were looking for a good place to start with your understanding of the man and his mission, can you really do better than these 12 items listed below? You be the judge. (more…)

BAT-INC-LOGO

Death is in everything that Batman does.

The fire of his existence, of his endless crusade, was sparked in an alley with the death of his parents and fed by the loss of Jason Todd all those years ago.

Even now, in this new 52, death hangs in the air with the conclusion of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Death of the Family” event, as the question is asked: why hasn’t Batman killed the Joker? (more…)