The Killing joke
The Dark Knight returns (Why's it here?)
The Long Halloween
Son of the Demon
A Death in the Family
I read it after "Batman Begins" came out, which was a loose adaptation of it. I could very much see the strands that they shared in common - but because "Batman Begins" ended with that climax, it made it really apparent that "Year One" had a much more low-key ending.
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ASBAR for me. Hands down.
Why didn't it make the list?
Hush (all in all, theatrical garbage, but has entertaining merit, and something really good for Dini to work on during R.I.P time)
R.I.P (inglorious garbage)
Son of the Demon (good story, comes to a wrong conclusion and some stuff goes bad (not in storytelling) on the way)
The rest get high recommendation by so many
Avatar from What If..? v2 #10: What If Punisher Family Hadn't Been Killed?
Pencils: Rik Levins
Ink: Bob McLeod
Weird to come back to this thread and see I voted Arkham Asylum.
I can see what I was thinking when I voted, but the problem is that I've gone back and read it a couple times between then and now, and now I like the book quite a bit. To the point I'm considering double-dipping to pick up the Anniversary Edition that comes with the script.
I consider the 'great' Batman stories to be actually great. So I don't consider any of the choices overrated relative to the praise they receive. Maybe The Killing Joke, but not by that much. I never thought it quite as definative as other people. And the stories I dislike seem to be pretty universally reviled, like Officer Down or War Games, with things like Knightfall falling comfortably in-between.
To me the most overrated Batman stories are the Burton movies. I think they're great treats for the eyes and ears but terrible stories, like a live action version of ASBAR, great art, bad story and bad Batman. I don't think they count though, since we only seem to be talking about comics.
What's the hate on Officer Down, anyway?
It's not the biggest story, or the definitive Bat-comic or anything, but I remember liking it alright. It was cool. Or, I thought it was cool What am I forgetting?