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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 1:20:19 PM PST
Art Franklin says:
"To defend Kevin Smith's Batman runs...he was high when he wrote those. Really, he was. He took up marijania after meeting Seth Rogen. '

Just seeing this post now. Usually this is not used as an excuse but as an explanation for why a piece of artwork is so great. Just finding this ironic. Of course, there have also been instances of people mistakenly believing that an artist was high when in fact they were sober (Frank Zappa and the Mothers were a band that people assumed were baked or on acid at all times).

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 3:20:35 PM PST
Last laugh was pretty bad, if that counts as a Batman story. I know it was some big crossover event, but I consider it Batman. I really wish I would have read some of it before buying nearly all the comics invloved.

DK2 was abissmal.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 8:55:49 PM PST
Joker's Greatest Boner?
Although that falls into the "Best/Worst/Best again" category. Although it isn't using "boner" as we use the word today. But regardless, reading it with modern eyes is hilarious. And also makes it seem horribly inappropriate. So many boners people are walking into in that story!

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 10:48:52 PM PST
Aaron says:
I dig Golden Age stuff. I'm a sucker for Silver-Age silliness, and the direction Batman took in the 70's and 80's is great. 90's gave us No Man's Land and Knightfall, and the 2000's saw Morrison do a wonderfully crazy take on the Bat. The worst, however? Kevin Smith's garbage. Cacophony and Widening Gyre are so abysmally terrible, I can hardly believe it. The guy did a great run on Green Arrow, and his Daredevil story was fun, too. That man should not be allowed to do Batman ever again. At least NEal Adams' insane Batman: Odyssey is bad in a balls-to-the-wall hilarious way. His stuff is just... bad bad baddddd.

As for recent titles? Finch's The Dark Knight ongoings are really really bad as well... and Tony Daniel's new run on 'Tec is crap too... but hey, we have Snyder on Batman and that's always a good thing.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 5:25:31 PM PST
some of the 1950's stories were really bad and aimed at very small kids. but the art was good.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2011 5:25:56 PM PST
really the whole age sucked? and the whole modern age with it's stupid multiple covers and overly cartoonish art sometimes was all good? TheY'D Draw captain america looking freakishly muscular , and junk like that. but I do love painted comics, we just needed both styles pencil and ink and painted around probably. sales are bad because they are so expensive for new ones.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 6:12:02 PM PST
Leon Evelake says:
I don't recall saying that all of the modern age was good.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2011 4:29:09 AM PST
Facelord says:
Knightfall was my favorite comic growing up, it's still my favorite Batman comic mini-series to date.

I'd say the Dark Knight Strikes Again was horrendous. The Dark Knight Returns was great, but Strikes Again was a slap to the personified face of the intelligence of everyone who read it. That's the most notably bad Batman comic I can think of, it was horrible in every single way.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2011 8:50:31 AM PST
Um...Case of the Chemical Syndicate? Really?
I get that it's not much of a story...but neither are most of those very first Batman tales.
I've got to say that just for its historical significance I'd give it a pass on the worst list. Plenty from that era are as bad or worse.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 12:01:45 PM PST
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2012 11:53:43 AM PDT
W.T. says:
A mess called "Seduction of the Gun" is easily the worst Batman comic I've ever read. It was a preachy gun-control story that was poorly done on all levels. However you happen to feel about gun control, the story and art were both terrible. AND at the end you find out that proceeds went to a gun-control advocacy group. So you were essentially tricked into making a political donation to a cause you may or may not have supported. Would a blurb announcing where proceeds where headed on the cover have killed them, just to protect the freedom of conscience of their readers?

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 6:28:04 PM PDT
Almost any story set during the run of the Batman TV show was god awful,with the exception of "The Million Dollar Debut Of Batgirl"from Detective Comics #359(1967).

Speeding Bullets is easily one of the best Elseworlds stories of all time.The follow up(Batman:In Darkest Knight)was ok,save for the ending because it was begging for a follow up story that never happened,whereas Speeding Bullets was very self contained and didn't necessarily have to be followed up on.

Another story,while not bad,is Brave and the Bold #200 because we were teased with the possibility of the Batmen of Earth's 1 and 2 teaming up,but that didn't happen.It's a decent story that could've and should've been a lot better,it had the potential of being one of the greatest Earth-1/Earth-2 crossover stories of all time.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 1:59:52 AM PDT
Ragdoll says:
Batman: Orphans. Not only is it one of the worst Batman stories ever it's also one of the worst comics of all time. Just knowing I wasted money on it makes me want to slam my head into a wall.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 5:56:45 PM PDT
Alexander P. says:
any Grant Morrison batman, except for Absolute Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn...

Batman: Snow I picked this up in hardcover because it was raved about... And seriously, it sucked hard.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2012 6:42:40 PM PDT
I agree 100% I bought it and wanted my money back. I feel like it was probably the worst story ever, not even the worst Batman story but all together, I was warned by the retailer that I bought it from that I would be dissapointed.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2012 7:24:55 PM PDT
You're the first person I've heard who dislikes The Cult so fiercely. It's generally considered a high-point of the era, and the Bernie Wrightson art? C'mon.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 7:42:42 PM PDT
Tony Daniel is working on a seriously bad Batman story as we speak. But it will never compare to the craptastic crapness that was Doug Moench and Kelly Jones' 90's run on Batman. One story sticks out in which Moench tried to work a little song into every page - "Dem Bones" or something similarly goofy.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2012 2:30:54 PM PDT
internech says:
The Batman comics made during the camp TV show had some really lame stories. Batgirl's Costume Cut-up Capers was embarrassing. Batgirl was letting crooks get away because she was having wardrobe malfunctions, eg. her cowl got shifted and blocked her vision. She redeems herself by showing off a run in her stocking, which distracts the crooks fighting Batman and Robin "What a pair of gams!" Exclaims one bad guy. Next favorite bad story had Bat-mite riding bat-hound while the mite tried to impress Batwoman. The imp disappears after Batwoman kisses him, causing the imp to retreat in embarrassment. No wonder Marvel quickly took over the field!
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2012 4:11:46 PM PDT
What some people don't realize is that Denny O'Neil was initially given the commission to write for Batman during the camp era,but declined because he refused to write within the guidelines/restrictions of the camp era.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2012 4:49:16 PM PDT
Leon Evelake says:
Wow.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2012 5:03:11 PM PDT
If I remember that Bat-Mite/Batwoman story right,didn't Batwoman basically use him to try and make Batman like her or something.

I remember reading a reprint of that story when I was 12 in Batman:From the 30's to the 70's.

You want a good Batwoman story,then read Brave and the Bold #182 sometime where Batman teams up with both the Robin and Batwoman from Earth-2(yes Virginia,Batwoman existed on Earth-2 also).

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 12:03:56 PM PDT
Ragdoll says:
I guess there's something wrong with me because I love those old goofy stories.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 12:10:04 PM PDT
Admittedly,some of the stories of that era fall into the "so bad that they're good"category!

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 10:14:42 AM PDT
I agree that Tony Daniel's run right now is such a huge let down. It was being called the flagship comic, I stopped buying it after the fifth issue. A story that I read all the way through that I thought was a huge letdown The Joker, I mean people say it is great but I thought it was boring and murdered some characters.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 10:34:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 23, 2012 10:35:17 AM PDT
Well Tony Daniels Detective Comics started out with decent premise, but it's not doing to well now.

David Finch's Dark Knight is...not really good at all. He draws a great Batman, but his writing is lackluster.

Thankfully, Greg Hurwitz will take over B:TDK and will make Batman and the Scarecrow phenomenal again. His work on Penguin: pain and prejudice is the best Penguin story ever written. And I'm not even a Penguin fan.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 6:28:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2012 6:43:44 PM PDT
Dark Bulbs says:
Just about all of Grant Morrison's run on Batman (especially Batman & Robin with Dick as Batman) , Prodigal, most of Paul Dini's story arcs, that Batman Beyond series they did 2010 ( or was 2011), and if it counts, The Dark Knight. Oh and both of Kevin Smith's arcs...with the exception of Ivy in/and the first issue of the Widding Grye, the use of the Burton/Furst batmobile, and Onomatopoeia. And then there are the arcs bad enough that I can't reall remember their names....
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