Trade Reading Order
Always a work in progress and always accepting advice!
Got good advice for my 80's and 90's Batman posts, so here is one for the past decade. Might be my final one, unless I decide to dig deeper into the earlier decades... I'll list what I've read and I'll bold the ones that I enjoyed the most if that helps in giving me advice. I'm focused on Batman, but if there is some Bat-related trade that's good, I'll probably be open to checking it out.
What I've read so far:
...and the Monster Men, ...and the Mad Monk, The Man Who Laughs, Murderer?, Fugitive, Hush, Broken City, Death and the Maidens, War Drums, War Games, Under the Hood, War Crimes, Face the Face, Detective, ...and Son, Death and the City, Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul, The Black Glove, Private Casebook, The Heart of Hush, R.I.P., Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, Battle for the Cowl, Batman Reborn, Long Shadows, Life After Death, Batman vs. Robin
I have the following on hold at the library so will be reading them soon: Hush Returns, Joker, Batwoman: Elegy, and All-Star Batman and Robin.
Any great trades I ought to track down and read (hopefully from the library :D)? Regardless at this point I can probably say I'm caught up on (modern) Batman haha
I've been keeping up with the latest on Batman, Batman and Robin, Return of Bruce Wayne, and the recently finished Road Home, so don't need to mention those :D
Batman Year 100, Ego & Other Tails, Gotham Central and Dark Knight Strikes Again. These are actually imo some of the best books outside of Morrisons run of the last ten years, and you seem to have missed them all!
Are you recommending the entire Gotham Central series? My local library systems looks like it has all 5 volumes so I could read it all eventually. But they have different names from the ones I see on Amazon. Change of volume names with the new printing?
And yeah make sure you track down Ego & Other Tails (which also collects Selinas Big Score, the old tpb just had Ego and is simply called Ego)
So I posted a message in another thread about recommendation without seeing this one. Basic newbie move. I'll just ask a few more question here:
I wanna get into monthly Batman comics starting in January. I want classic story, and I have no interest in reading or doing background reading on Morrison run. Somebody suggested Detective Comics (New arc in February, so I'll hop on that one), does anybody agree?
I'm also interested in Batman Beyond which start in January. I guess the miniseries about Hush Beyond is going to be released as a TPB so I can catch up on that, right? I also have no idea who is writing it, is he any good? And the artist?
I'm reading Gotham City Sirens right now but in TPB form, if that help anyone form suggestion.
EDIT -- By the way, I'm wondering if there is any good story about the relationshi between Joker and Harley Quinn? I've read Mad Love and ow the first (and only, I think) tpb of Harley Quinn solo series in addition to the first volume of Gotham City Sirens, like I said
Last edited by collex; 11-03-2010 at 08:38 PM.
Thank you, nepenthes! This is exactly what I was looking for when I came to this forum. I am fairly new to comics and am a huge fan of Batman and the Joker. So far I have read The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke, The Man Who Laughs, Arkham Asylum: Madness, and some of the Gotham Central series. On Saturday I picked up Detective Comics #870 from my local comic book store without realizing that it was the final part of a series. Is Batman: Impostors any good? I am trying to decide if I should buy issues 867-869.
You shouldn't need to delve into the Morrison run to come aboard with the Batman Inc main series. From everything we've heard it's a fresh start, similar to what Batman & Robin #1 was, that ties into a larger picture only if you want it to. And you never know you may just feel like going back to the beginning once you're in
Make sure you get Batman: The Return which will be a launch pad for the whole line-up of new storylines in all titles, not just Batman Inc.
Batman Beyond has received mixed reviews. I can't say I'm fan personally, but they're definitely around. The trade will not be available by January so you'll just have to grab issue one and see from there. Here's the thread from the latest issue (with spoilers) Batman Beyond #5 and an interview with the writer about the new series starting next year
Last edited by nepenthes; 11-08-2010 at 04:17 AM.
I know it's not out until tomorrow but does anyone think that "Batman: The Return" would be a good place to get the intial/in depth reactions to his return or has that been covered largely elsewhere?
Schmitty's Evil Twin.
I think that's the point of The Return/to bridge between the major arcs.
some reactions were covered in the Road Home, but I'm willing to bet most of those will go ignored really. The Batgirl one was the best. Tim and Bruce took a moment in the latest issue of Red Robin. And Dick/Damian seemed to have been expecting him in Batman and Robin 16.
Anyone know where I can get a cheap copy of The Last Arkham TPB? It's quite expensive on Amazon!
"You can't trust them as poets either. The true poet is anonymous, as to his habits, but these boys have to look, act, and apparently smell like poets"
Flannery O'Connor on the beats.
My all time favorite story and a highly recommended read is "Identity Crisis" from 1990, by Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle. I know its a unique choice but this story was like reading a Hitchcock book. I loved its mystery and turned the pages as fast as I could. Its still my favorite..
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