View Poll Results: Who is the best Batman writer?

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  • Frank Millar

    1 1.18%
  • Jim Starlin

    1 1.18%
  • Bob Kane/Bill Finger

    2 2.35%
  • Judd Winick

    0 0%
  • Ed Brubaker

    3 3.53%
  • Gerry Conway

    1 1.18%
  • Paul Dini

    7 8.24%
  • Chuck Dixon

    11 12.94%
  • Gardner Fox

    0 0%
  • Peter Tomasi

    3 3.53%
  • Jeph Leob

    1 1.18%
  • Grant Morrison

    31 36.47%
  • Scott Snyder

    3 3.53%
  • Dennis O'neil

    13 15.29%
  • Other

    8 9.41%
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  1. #31
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    Gerry Conway and Doug Moench’s pre-Crisis runs are seminal reads every Batfamily fan should pick up, and dissect for all of the nuances they brought to the franchise. Especially Conway. He “Marvelized” Batman a long time before Crisis happened.

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    Dixon followed by O'Neil. Brubaker is possibly my favorite comic writer of all time, but his Batman run was very "meh"
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    No Peter Milligan on the list?

    Man, choosing one singular Batman writer is almost impossible. I'd say Grant Morrison just because of how much I love their run on the character. Bruce Wayne's odyssey of the soul. Frank Miller's DKR and YEAR ONE are both absolute masterpieces though, untouchable. Neal Adams/Denny O'Neil too. Peter Milligan's DARK KNIGHT, DARK CITY. A lot of real late 80s-super early 90s straight up gems that I'm not thinking of at the moment.

    I've read so much Batman that an easier question would be 'least favourite'. I love so much!

    I have to default to Morrison though, if there must be a big ole bold font 'Number 1'.
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    I voted for Dini. Of all the ones listed, he's the one I like the most.
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    I thought Jim Starlin's Batman was one of the more derided runs on the character. A Death in the Family is Silver Age levels of wacky, not just The Joker becoming the UN Ambassador, but the international flavor of the story seemed inappropriate considering it's somber subject matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy Hunter View Post
    I thought Jim Starlin's Batman was one of the more derided runs on the character. A Death in the Family is Silver Age levels of wacky, not just The Joker becoming the UN Ambassador, but the international flavor of the story seemed inappropriate considering it's somber subject matter.
    I reread A Death in the Family recently and my god what a wacky story that is. It's hilarious that it has achieved this level of prominence in the mythology of modern Batman, because it is wholeheartedly undeserving of it.

    It's immature emotionally and narratively and attempts to be a international romp while injecting way too much misery into the Batman concept. Had Jason Todd survived the event, it might have been a solid "remember when the Joker became Iranian ambassador to the US?' kind of fever dream of a cringey story.
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    I voted for the incomparable Chick Dixen. He fleshed out the Batfamily to an as yet unsurpassed degree highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each member. During his run, none of the many members were superfluous and each had their own flavor and vibe. He is very underappreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noodle View Post
    Dixon followed by O'Neil. Brubaker is possibly my favorite comic writer of all time, but his Batman run was very "meh"
    Really? After reading his CATWOMAN I was seeking out his run. Might you provide a review?

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    I voted for Starlin. #424 is perhaps my favorite issue and is my favorite Jason Todd story.

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    Denny O'Neil, the man who created modern serious Batman is a distant second to the guy who created Bat-Cow.

    It's a strange world we live in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spencermalley935 View Post
    Denny O'Neil, the man who created modern serious Batman is a distant second to the guy who created Bat-Cow.

    It's a strange world we live in.
    That's a fixation on one aspect of Morrison's run. There is more to Morrison's run than Bat-Cow and while I do believe that there is some recency bias by calling their run the greatest, I do believe there is a lot to like in there. For me personally, it's the last era of Batman than I genuinely enjoyed and the last to highlight his skills as a Detective and portray Batman as a mysterious figure.

    Edit: Full disclosure, I voted for O'Neill.

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    O'Neil's comics are pretty good and definitely important, but they are obviously going to be dated considering how long ago they've come out. A more modern comic that captures that same appeal while adding a lot of its own stuff and being easier to read in a modern context will have somewhat of an advantage.

    I also think O'Neil's best comics were elevated by the art of Neal Adams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spencermalley935 View Post
    Denny O'Neil, the man who created modern serious Batman is a distant second to the guy who created Bat-Cow.

    It's a strange world we live in.
    Or Englehart’s run, which I consider are the two gold standards of Batman comics.

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    We’ve been blessed to have such an eclectic run of successful creators that, honestly, comparing them is basically going to say more about what genre and style of Batman you prefer rather than who’s actually better, more revolutionary, etc.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Morrison brings the psychedelic epic, Dixon the Batfamily expansion, O’Neill the international scale in a more somber sense, Dini the consistency and flexibility, Snyder the horror.

    For whatever reason, Batman books can exist across multiple genres and styles without necessarily leading to a war of interpretations, which is the thing that arguably has sunk other DC properties in comparison.
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    Hrrn... most of those I have problems with ranging from mild annoyance to what the heck and the rest I haven't read.
    So for now...
    Alan Brennert. I only read 1 story of him and don't know his others or if I will have a problem and since that 1 I have no problem I'll pick him.

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