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Batman: Year One
Batman: Year One
by Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli
Paperback from DC Comics
Media Published: 2007-01-10
ISBN: 1401207529

A new deluxe trade paperback edition of one of the most important and critically acclaimed Batman adventures ever, written by Frank Miller, author of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS!

In addition to telling the entire dramatic story of Batman's first year fighting crime, this collection includes reproductions of original pencils, promotional art, script pages, unseen David Mazzucchelli Batman art and more.

Whether you grew up reading Batman comics, watched the campy television show, or eagerly await each new movie, this is the book for you. A retelling of the events that led to Bruce Wayne's becoming Batman, this book combines Frank Miller's tight film-noir writing with David Mazucchelli's solid artwork.

 
Batman: Hush
Batman: Hush
by Jeph Loeb
Paperback from DC Comics
Media Published: 2009-08-18
ISBN: 1401223176

The complete critically acclaimed and best-selling tale is now available in one sensational hardcover volume.
BATMAN: HUSH is a thrilling mystery of action, intrigue, and deception penned by Jeph Loeb (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN) and illustrated by comics superstar Jim Lee (ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER) in which Batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious mastermind using the Joker, Riddler, Ra's al Ghul and the Dark Knight's other enemies - and allies - as pawns in a plan to wreak havoc.
 
Batman: Arkham Asylum (15th Anniversary Edition)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (15th Anniversary Edition)
by Grant Morrison
Paperback from DC Comics
Media Published: 2005-11-01
ISBN: 1401204252

In this groundbreaking, painted graphic novel, the inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over Gothams detention center for the criminally insane on April Fools Day, demanding Batman in exchange for their hostages.Accepting their demented challenge, Batman is forced to live and endure the personal hells of the Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and many other sworn enemies in order to save the innocents and retake the prison.During his run through this absurd gauntlet, the Dark Knights own sanity is placed in jeopardy.This special anniversary edition trade paperback also reproduces the original script with annotations by Morrison and editor Karen Berger.
 
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
by Frank Miller
Paperback from DC Comics
Media Published: 1997-05-01
ISBN: 1563893428

If any comic has a claim to have truly reinvigorated the genre, then The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller--known also for his excellent Sin City series and his superb rendering of the blind superhero Daredevil--is probably the top contender. Batman represented all that was wrong in comics and Miller set himself a tough task taking on the camp crusader and turning this laughable, innocuous children's cartoon character into a hero for our times. The great Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, the arguably peerless Watchmen) argued that only someone of Miller's stature could have done this. Batman is a character known well beyond the confines of the comic world (as are his retinue) and so reinventing him, while keeping his limiting core essentials intact, was a huge task.Miller went far beyond the call of duty. The Dark Knight is a success on every level. Firstly it does keep the core elements of the Batman myth intact, with Robin, Alfred the butler, Commissioner Gordon, and the old roster of villains, present yet brilliantly subverted. Secondly the artwork is fantastic--detailed, sometimes claustrophobic, psychotic. Lastly it's a great story: Gotham City is a hell on earth, street gangs roam but there are no heroes. Decay is ubiquitous. Where is a hero to save Gotham? It is 10 years since the last recorded sighting of the Batman. And things have got worse than ever. Bruce Wayne is close to being a broken man but something is keeping him sane: the need to see change and the belief that he can orchestrate some of that change. Batman is back. The Dark Knight has returned. Awesome. --Mark Thwaite

If any comic has a claim to have truly reinvigorated the genre, then The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller--known also for his excellent Sin City series and his superb rendering of the blind superhero Daredevil--is probably the top contender. Batman represented all that was wrong in comics and Miller set himself a tough task taking on the camp crusader and turning this laughable, innocuous children's cartoon character into a hero for our times. The great Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, the arguably peerless Watchmen) argued that only someone of Miller's stature could have done this. Batman is a character known well beyond the confines of the comic world (as are his retinue) and so reinventing him, while keeping his limiting core essentials intact, was a huge task.

Miller went far beyond the call of duty. The Dark Knight is a success on every level. Firstly it does keep the core elements of the Batman myth intact, with Robin, Alfred the butler, Commissioner Gordon, and the old roster of villains, present yet brilliantly subverted. Secondly the artwork is fantastic--detailed, sometimes claustrophobic, psychotic. Lastly it's a great story: Gotham City is a hell on earth, street gangs roam but there are no heroes. Decay is ubiquitous. Where is a hero to save Gotham? It is 10 years since the last recorded sighting of the Batman. And things have got worse than ever. Bruce Wayne is close to being a broken man but something is keeping him sane: the need to see change and the belief that he can orchestrate some of that change. Batman is back. The Dark Knight has returned. Awesome. --Mark Thwaite

 
Batman: The Killing Joke
Batman: The Killing Joke
by Alan Moore, Brian Bolland
Hardcover from DC Comics
Media Published: 2008-03-19
ISBN: 1401216676

One of the most famous Batman stories of all time is offered for the first time in hardcover in this special twentieth-anniversary edition.

This is the unforgettable that forever changed Batman's world, adding a new element of darkness with its unflinching portrayal of The Joker's twisted psyche.

Writer Alan Moore, acclaimed author of WATCHMEN and V FOR VENDETTA, offers his take on the disturbing relationship between The Dark Knight and his greatest foe. The Clown Prince of Crime has never been more ruthless than in this brutal tale.

This special new edition also includes a story written and exquisitely illustrated by Brian Bolland.

The Killing Joke, one of my favorite Batman stories ever, stirred a bit of controversy because the story involves the Joker brutally, pointlessly shooting Commissioner Gordon's daughter in the spine. This is a no-holds-barred take on a truly insane criminal mind, masterfully written by British comics writer Alan Moore. The art by Brian Bolland is so appealing that his depiction of the Joker became a standard and was imitated by many artists to follow.

 
Batman: The Long Halloween
Batman: The Long Halloween
by Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale
Paperback from DC Comics
Media Published: 1999-11-01
ISBN: 1563894696

It's refreshing when you find a Batman story that both is epic and successfully explores the core of a resolutely explored character. Taking as its catalyst a sub-plot from the seminal Batman: Year One, the story revolves around murders occurring on national holidays, the victims connected to Mob boss "The Roman." Dubbed "Holiday," the killer uses an untraceable handgun and leaves small trinkets at the scene. Plenty of suspects are available, but the truth is something the Dark Knight never suspected. This series scores two major coups: it brilliantly portrays the transfer of Gotham rule to the supervillains and charts the horrific transformation of Harvey Dent from hardened D.A. to the psychotic Two-Face. Both orbit around the sharply portrayed relationship between Dent, Commissioner Gordon, and Batman: a triumvirate of radically different perceptions of Justice. It is always great to see the formative incarnation of Batman, drenched in noir here.Jeph Loeb's writing is keenly aware that Batman is a detective, and Tim Sale portrays a Gotham that is a fertile breeding ground for corruption and madness. Here, Batman is coming to terms with the potent image he projects and the madness it attracts. There are many fine Batman stories, but the ones that capture the spirit with extreme clarity are few. On this alone, The Long Halloween comes highly recommended. Masterfully executed, this is an excellent chance to revisit the world of Batman as fresh as in the summer of 1939. --Danny Graydon

It's refreshing when you find a Batman story that both is epic and successfully explores the core of a resolutely explored character. Taking as its catalyst a sub-plot from the seminal Batman: Year One, the story revolves around murders occurring on national holidays, the victims connected to Mob boss "The Roman." Dubbed "Holiday," the killer uses an untraceable handgun and leaves small trinkets at the scene. Plenty of suspects are available, but the truth is something the Dark Knight never suspected. This series scores two major coups: it brilliantly portrays the transfer of Gotham rule to the supervillains and charts the horrific transformation of Harvey Dent from hardened D.A. to the psychotic Two-Face. Both orbit around the sharply portrayed relationship between Dent, Commissioner Gordon, and Batman: a triumvirate of radically different perceptions of Justice. It is always great to see the formative incarnation of Batman, drenched in noir here.

Jeph Loeb's writing is keenly aware that Batman is a detective, and Tim Sale portrays a Gotham that is a fertile breeding ground for corruption and madness. Here, Batman is coming to terms with the potent image he projects and the madness it attracts. There are many fine Batman stories, but the ones that capture the spirit with extreme clarity are few. On this alone, The Long Halloween comes highly recommended. Masterfully executed, this is an excellent chance to revisit the world of Batman as fresh as in the summer of 1939. --Danny Graydon

 
The Dark Knight: I Am Batman (I Can Read Book 2)
The Dark Knight: I Am Batman (I Can Read Book 2)
by Catherine Hapka
Paperback from HarperCollins
Media Published: 2008-06-03
ISBN: 0061561894

When Batman sees the Bat-Signal up in the sky, it means that danger is near! He'll need his Batsuit and Bat-Pod to help keep Gotham City safe from its newest enemy--the Joker!

 
Batman and Robin Vol. 2 Batman vs. Robin
Batman & Robin Vol. 2 Batman vs. Robin
by Grant Morrison
Paperback from DC Comics
Media Published: 2011-11-22
ISBN: 140123271X
Availability: Not yet published
Grant Morrison continues his habit of teaming up with A-list, critically acclaimed artists by joining Cameron Stewart (SEVEN SOLDIERS: MANHATTAN GUARDIAN) and Andy Clarke (BATMAN: FACE THE FACE) for the next exciting chapter of the adventures of the new Dynamic Duo!

The new Batman and Robin uncover clues involving the mysterious death of Bruce Wayne before facing off against each other in a heated battle instigated by Robin's mother that both heroes will regret - if they live through it! Featuring a 3-issues storyline that ties into the best-selling BLACKEST NIGHT event titled "Blackest Knight," this new collection is a must-have for both new readers and longtime fans of Grant Morrison's Batman epic as the superstar writer unveils more of his genre-defying masterplan!

 
Batman: Life After Death
Batman: Life After Death
by Tony Daniel
Hardcover from DC Comics
Media Published: 2010-10-19
ISBN: 1401228348

Tony Daniel returns to the BATMAN series as the new writer and artist after his best-selling BATTLE FOR THE COWL miniseries!
With Batman pounding the pavement in search of a new crime figure calling himself Black Mask and the completion of the new Arkham Asylum looming close, Gotham City has reached a boiling point! But when pandemonium breaks out at the inaugural ceremony of the new Arkham Asylum, the combined forces of Oracle, Huntress and Catwoman aren't enough help for Batman and The Caped Crusader takes on an unlikely ally - The Penguin! Chock full of fan-favorite characters and the debuts of new supporting cast members, this high-speed adventure is sure to hit the spot for Batman fans who like their comics bursting with mystery, action and fun. And you won't believe your eyes when Batman uncovers the Black Mask's true identity!
 
The Essential Batman Encyclopedia
The Essential Batman Encyclopedia
by Robert Greenberger
Paperback from Del Rey
Media Published: 2008-06-10
ISBN: 0345501063

The ultimate guide to the man behind the mask . . . and the mythology behind the man.
"Criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot. So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible. . . . I shall become a bat!" So declared millionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne, orphaned as a boy by a murderous thug and driven as a man to battle the scourge of crime by becoming Batman. Batman swooped into popular culture in 1939-and for nearly seventy years has thrilled audiences in countless comics, live-action and animated television programs, and seven feature films. Prowling the darkened rooftops of Gotham City, roaring through the teeming streets in the sleek, high-powered Batmobile, and leaping into action when the iconic Bat-Signal pierces the night sky, the Caped Crusader is a larger-than-life legend. And now, for the first time in more than thirty years, everything there is to know about Batman-from the beginning to the present, and from A to Z-is collected in one comprehensive new sourcebook. More than 500 pages of entries and illustrations include:
· fascinating details and the complete background on Batman's origins
· biographies of every major character in the Batman universe-including his closest allies, from Robin the Boy Wonder and faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth to Commissioner Gordon; and his countless enemies, from the Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, and the Riddler to Scarecrow, Two-Face, Ra's al Ghul and Poison Ivy
· classic black-and-white comic book artwork throughout
· two sixteen-page full-color artwork inserts
Even an all-access pass to the Batcave couldn't rival former DC Comics editor and Batman scholar extraordinaire Robert Greenberger's exhaustive ultimate archive. The Essential Batman Encyclopedia is a must for every Batman fan's bookshelf.
BATMAN, the DC Logo, and all related names, characters and elements are trademarks of DC Comics © 2008. All rights reserved.
 
Batman Masterpiece Edition: The Caped Crusader's Golden Age
by Les Daniels
Hardcover - 96 pages Package edition (July 1, )
Chronicle Books; ISBN: 0811827828
 
Batman: The Ultimate Guide
by Scott Beatty
Hardcover - 128 pages 1st edition
DK Publishing; ISBN: 078947865X
 
Batman: The Complete History : The Life and Times of the Dark Knight
Hardcover - 206 pages (December )
Chronicle Books; ISBN: 0811824705

Batman in Detective Comics : Featuring the Complete Covers of the First 25 Years
by Joe Desris (Introduction)
Paperback - 320 pages Reprint edition (August 1993)
Abbeville Press, Inc.; ISBN: 1558596437

Batman Unmasked : Analyzing a Cultural Icon
by Will Brooker

Batman Beyond: New Hero in Town
Paperback

Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker
Paperback

How to Draw Batman
by Ty Templeton (Illustrator), Walter Foster

Batman Beyond (How to Draw)
by Walter Foster
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Batman Animated
by Paul Dini, Chip Kidd
 

Batman in the Fifties
by Joe Samachson, et al
Paperback: 192 pages
DC Comics; ISBN: 1563898101; Comic edition
 
Batman : Year One
by Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli (Illustrator)
(Paperback)

Batman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 1
by Bob Kane (Illustrator), Bob Kahan (Editor)
(Hardcover)

Batman : The Killing Joke
by Alan Moore, et al 
(Paperback)
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Batman : Dark Victory
by Jeph Loeb, et al
(Hardcover)

Batman : War on Crime (Batman)
by Alex Ross (Illustrator), et al
(Paperback)

Batman : The Dark Knight Returns
by Frank Miller (Illustrator), et al
Paperback: 224 pages
DC Comics; ISBN: 1563893428; 10th anniv edition (May )

Batman Sticker Book
More than 60 full-color stickers featuring Batman, Robin, and a gallery of Gotham's most notorious rogues. Create your own action-packed Batman scenes. Easy-peel stickers can be used more than once.

Batman: Vengeance Official Strategy Guide for GameCube & Xbox
by Tim Bogenn, Bob Kane (Creator)
(Paperback)

Batman: Vengeance Official Strategy Guide for PlayStation 2
by Tim Bogenn
(Paperback)

Batman Animated
by Paul Dini, Chip Kidd
(Hardcover)

Batman Masterpiece Edition: The Caped Crusader's Golden Age
by Les Daniels, et al
(Hardcover)

The Batman Adventures : The Lost Years
by Hilary Bader, et al
(Paperback)
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Batman : Gotham Adventures
by Ty Templeton, et al
(Paperback)

Batman Archives (Volume 5)
by Bill Finger, et al
(Hardcover)

Batman : No Man's Land
by Greg Rucka
(Hardcover)

Batman : Night Cries
by S. Hampton, Archie Goodwin (Editor)
(Paperback - March 1993)

The Dark Knight Strikes Again Vol. 3
by Frank Miller, Lynn Varley
(Paperback)

The Dark Knight Strikes Again Vol. 3
by Frank Miller, Lynn Varley (Illustrator)
(Paperback -- July 31, )

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