Total Nerd The Best Batman Comics  

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List Rules Batman comic books and serials only.

So many great Batman stories out there. A dark, brooding, completely kick-ass superhero in a brutal, festering city is ripe ground for good writing. The best Batman story arcs always bring out the best in the Dark Knight. Any list like this is going to be pretty subjective, but I've opened it up for everyone to add anything they see is missing here. I've started with my personal favorites, but everyone's gotta start somewhere! Vote on what you think are the best batman comic series and add what's (in your opinion) missing. What are the best Batman stories?

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So what are your top Batman comics?
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Batman: The Long Halloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Tim Sale, Jeph Loeb - Jeph Loeb

2
730 203
Batman: The Dark Knight Return... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, Lynn Varley - Frank Miller

3
610 135
Batman: Year One is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Batman: Year One Frank Miller

4
732 196
Batman: The Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Batman: The Killing Joke Alan Moore

5
520 135
Batman: Hush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Batman: Hush Jeph Loeb

6
409 91
Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Ow... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Batman Comics
ScottLopez added Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls Scott Snyder

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440 140
Batman: A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Batman: A Death in the Family Jim Starlin

8
363 104
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theghostX9 added Batman: Under the Red Hood

9
353 121
Batman: The Complete Knightfal... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Batman: The Complete Knightfall Saga Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant

10
334 125
Arkham Asylum: A Serious House... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth Grant Morrison

11
293 99
Batman: Dark Victory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Batman Comics

12
264 96
Batman: The Man Who Laughs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Ed Brubaker - Ed Brubaker

13
207 93
Batman: Zero Year is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Riot18 added Batman: Zero Year Scott Snyder.  2013

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185 79
Batman No Man's Land DC Comics is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Batman No Man's Land DC Comics Jordan B. Gorfinkel, Greg Rucka, Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty, Paul Dini, Bob Gale, Devin K. Grayson, Kelley Puckett, Larry Hama, Bronwyn Carlton

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197 97
JLA: Tower of Babel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Switchdoctor added JLA: Tower of Babel Mark Waid

16
181 88
Batman and Robin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Grant Morrison - Grant Morrison

17
114 65
Batman: A Lonely Place of Dyin... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Batman Comics
PedroBenith added Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying Marv Wolfman, George Perez

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158 66
Batman: Earth One is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Riot18 added Batman: Earth One Geoff Johns, Gary Frank.  2012

19
129 59
Batman: The Cult is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Batman Comics
PedroBenith added Jim Starlin

20
161 78
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Batman Comics

21
45 10
Batman: the Killing Joke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Batman: the Killing Joke

22
147 69
Batman: Son of the Demon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Batman: Son of the Demon Mike Barr

23
115 72
Batman: Haunted Knight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Batman: Haunted Knight Jeph Loeb

24
115 74
Batman: Venom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Batman Comics
PedroBenith added Batman: Venom Dennis O'Neil

25
112 61
Batman and Son is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Batman Comics
BrettSaltzer added Batman and Son

26
114 76
Gotham Central is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker - Ed Brubaker

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52 28
The Joker's Five Way Revenge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Richard Freeman added The Joker's Five Way Revenge

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138 85
Batman: Battle for the Cowl is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Batman Comics

29
52 26
The Laughing Fish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Richard Freeman added The Laughing Fish

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77 54
Batman and the Monster-Men is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Batman Comics
BrettSaltzer added

31
38 27
Batman: Red Rain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Batman Comics
InRustWeTrust added Batman: Red Rain

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75 53
Batman: Gates of Gotham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Batman Comics
AlexanderRay added Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins

33
114 73
Batman, Black and White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Batman, Black and White Various short stories

34
79 72
Bruce Wayne: Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Bruce Wayne: Fugitive Greg Rucka, Devin Grayson, Ed Brubaker

35
70 52
Batman Noir is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Riot18 added Batman Noir Eduardo Risso, Brian Azzarello.  2013

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93 82
Batman: Year 100 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Paul Pope

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36 32
Trinity is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Batman Comics

38
72 68
Batman: War Games is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Batman Comics
dubier added Batman: War Games Andersen Gabrych, Bill Willingham

39
54 53
Batman: Blind Justice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Batman Comics
PedroBenith added Batman: Blind Justice Sam Hamm

40
62 62
Batman: Cacophony is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Riot18 added Kevin Smith

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30 33
Batman: Cataclysm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Batman: Cataclysm

42
78 67
Batman and the Mad Monk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Batman Comics

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78 67
Batman: Broken City is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Batman: Broken City Brian Azzarello

44
68 66
Batman: Year Three is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Batman: Year Three Marv Wolfman

45
9 1
Batman:Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Batman Comics
AleksandrKayudin added Batman:Harley Quinn

Head over heels in her devotion to the Joker, Arkham psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel gave up her career (and her sanity) to transform herself into the ultimate companion for crime’s clown prince - the mad moll Harley Quinn. 

Of course, Harley’s romance with the Joker hasn’t been easy. The two are at each other throats as often as in each other’s arms, and that buzzkill Batman is always sticking his nose in just when things are starting to get fun. But what great love story is without the occasional incarceration and life-threatening peril?

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22 32
Madness is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Richard Freeman added Madness

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39 54
JSA: The Liberty Files is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Batman Comics
Riot18 added JSA: The Liberty Files

48
6 3
Batman: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Batman Comics
ewanswitchedthelabels added Batman: Endgame

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3 0
Legends of the Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Batman Comics
portey added Legends of the Dark Knight

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1 0
The Man Who Falls is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Batman Comics
portey added The Man Who Falls