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    Default Batman - If You Had To Choose 7

    You want to introduce someone to the wondrous world of Batman, but you can only choose 7 stories, arcs, books or trades to introduce to them. What do you choose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air Wave View Post
    You want to introduce someone to the wondrous world of Batman, but you can only choose 7 stories, arcs, books or trades to introduce to them. What do you choose?
    Depends on the person.

    Male? Female?

    Read a lot of non-Batman comics before, or haven't read many comic books period?

    How old is the person? There's some fun kid-friendly Batman books, and others that aren't necessarily for a younger crowd.

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    I'd avoid a lot of the "classic" stuff that everyone recommends. DKR is a horrible first Batman story, for example. Killing Joke, too. I'd tend towards a nice cross section of very good stories that encompass the breadth of Batman stories rather than starting someone with the peak stuff - some broody Batman, some big fun stuff, team ups, etc.

    I'd hand them Paul Dini's first trade from 'Tec (you could hand off the first three honestly). It wasn't the best run (although it was very good), but it was self-contained, not overly steeped in continuity, yet contained spot-on characterization and fun stories. The Long Halloween gives a good peak at all the villains (you could substitute Hush here if you prefer). Hmm, New Gotham v1 by Rucka is a good Ra's story and gets into the more weird side of Batman stuff. Tales of the Demon is a personal favorite. Brave and Bold by Mark Waid v1 and Batman/Superman: Public Enemies are good "Batman interacting w/other heroes" stories w/o Batman being a giant dick. Court of Owls to round it out, I think, although I could easily pick another 10 stories that fit my rubric for what to hand off to someone else.
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    I'd just pick some my favorites and hope they like them too so I'd have someone irl to talk to about them. Origins are always self contained and easy lead ins, so Year One and Zero Year would be good, most newbies are Joker fans so The Killing Joke and The White Knight gives two stellar yet different takes on that front, Long Halloween is always a must in my opinion, and the animated movie versions of Under the Red Hood and Dark Knight Returns (animated Red Hood improves the story, and animated TDKR is probably more newbie freindly art-wise than the original book). Quite a few more I want to add to the list, but going off my favorites and easing someone new in, these are probably the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air Wave View Post
    You want to introduce someone to the wondrous world of Batman, but you can only choose 7 stories, arcs, books or trades to introduce to them. What do you choose?
    It's a bit more than 7 but those are must reads (in this order)

    1. Batman: Hush + Batman Heart of Hush + Streets of Gotham: Hush Money + Streets of Gotham: House of Hush
    2. Batman: Long Halloween + Batman: Dark Victory + Catwoman: When in Rome
    3. Batman: Year One + Batman: The Man Who Laughs + Batman and the Mad Monk + Batman and the Monster Men + Batman: Prey + Batman: Terror
    4. Batman: Strange Apparition + Batman: Dark Detective
    5. Arkham Asylum: A serious house on a serious earth + Arkham Asylum: Living Hell
    6. Robin: Year one + Batman: A death in the Familly + Batman: A Lonely Place Of Dying
    7. Batgirl: Year one + The Killing Joke
    8. Sword of Azrael + Batman: Knightfall (new omnibus)
    9. No Man's Land (new omnibus)
    10. New Gotham + Gotham Central + Bruce Wayne Murder + Bruce Wayne Fugitive
    11. Batman: Birth of The Demon + Batman: Son of The Demon + Batman & Son
    12. Batman Inc. + Batman Inc New52 + Batman & Robin New52
    13. Batman: Night of the Owls Saga + Batman: Death of The Family + Batman: Endgame


    And a few elsword to read whenever:

    • Tales of the Multiverse: Batman Vampire
    • The Doom that Came to Gotham + Gotham by Gaslight
    • Batman: Earth-one
    • Batman: White Night
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    Year One
    Death in the Family
    Killing Joke
    Lonely Place of Dying
    The Knightfall Saga
    No Mans Land
    Hush

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    I'm not sure but I do love the detective comics #1000 and would recommend to anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comicsfanboy25 View Post
    I'm not sure but I do love the detective comics #1000 and would recommend to anyone.
    Well, I wouldn't expect everybody to be impressed by that issue. I know I wasn't, but I haven't been buying much (actually almost anything) Batrman-related since the start of Rebirth.

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    Here goes, in no particular order...


    Year One
    The Dark Knight Returns
    Strange Apparitions
    Hush
    Tales of the Demon
    Knightfall
    Court of Owls

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    How old is the person? There's some fun kid-friendly Batman books, and others that aren't necessarily for a younger crowd.
    For Kid friendly I would go for:
    - the Batman Adventures TPBs 1-4
    - the Batman and Robin Adventures TPBs 1-3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aahz View Post
    For Kid friendly I would go for:
    - the Batman Adventures TPBs 1-4
    - the Batman and Robin Adventures TPBs 1-3
    I'll add:
    - Li'l Gotham
    - Batman / TMNT Adventures
    - Gotham Girls
    - Gotham Adventures

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    Golden Age Vol. 1
    You'll get the most bang for your bucks

    Year One
    Zero Year
    I think both origins are good, they have their pros and cons and they bring something different, so I think it's good to read them both for comparison

    Man Who Laughs
    The Killing Joke
    Honestly Killing Joke stands so well because most people already have an idea of the characters featured here

    Hush
    Although there is some knowledge of the past that can mar the experience, most of the time it's summarized well in flashbacks and the main attraction is having these many characters show up in a recognizable form.

    Born to Kill
    Gives you a good journey about Damian's character development without having to read all of Morrison's saga

    The Court of Owls
    Again pretty easy introduction while also reinventing Gotham since most people already know what Gotham is, and what Gotham is the question that acts as the framing device

    Bonus
    Gotham Academy
    This is just fun

    I don't really recommend Li'l Gotham because there's a lot of Post Crisis joke that went over my head but as it is I guess it's fine

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    Detective Comics #526

    Batman #400

    A reprint, as much a faithful a "Facsimile Edition" as possible, like a Famous First Edition or a Millennium Edition, since the genuine original costs a king's ransom, of Batman (Volume 1) #1, as it all-in-one book, Batman's origin, Robin, Joker, and the Cat (Woman).

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    7 trades to introduce someone to the wonderful world of Batman...

    #1 The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told...



    Collects Detective Comics #31-32, 211, 235, 345, 404, 429, 437, 442, 457, 474, 482, and 500; Batman 1, 25, 47, 61, 156, 234, 250, and 312; Star Spangled Comics 124; Worlds Finest Comics 94; DC Special Series 15; and Brave and the Bold 197.

    #2 The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told



    Collects Batman (1940-2011) #1, 4, 63, 73,-74, 110, 159, 163, 251, and 321, Detective Comics (1937-2011 1st Series) #168 and 475-476, World's Finest (1941-1986) #61 and 88, Brave and the Bold (1955-1983 1st Series DC) #111, Joker (1975) #3, Batman Kellogg's Special, and Batman newspaper strips featuring the Joker.

    #3 Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams Vol. 3



    Collects Batman (1940-2011) #232, 234, 237, 243-245 and 251

    #4 Batman Year One

    Collects Batman #404-407

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    #5 Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years



    Collects Detective Comics (1937-2011) #27, 83, 211, 216, 327, 359, 395, 442, 474, 574, 633, 711, 757 and 821, Batman (1940-2011) #1, 49, 181, 497, Batman (2011 2nd Series) #2, World's Finest (1941-1986) #94, DC Special Series (1977-1981) #21 and Batman Special (1984) #1.

    #6 Batman Strange Apparitions



    Collects Detective Comics #469-479.

    #7 The Batman Adventures Vol. 1



    Collects Batman Adventures #1-10

    These seven volumes present a wide variety of Batman stories from various eras and give a look at the many different sides of the Batman, allowing the person being introduced to discover for themselves what about Batman appeals to them and then explore more from a particular era or vision of the Batman.

    -M
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