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Worst Batman stories??

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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 9:31:18 PM PDT
Alias says:
Grant Morrison, Paul Dini, "Prodigal", The Dark Knight??? What Batman stories DO you like?

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 10:46:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 11, 2012 10:47:33 AM PDT
Dark Bulbs says:
Well I loved Batman: Year One, The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, Batman: Year Two, Year Three, A Death In The Family, Catwoman: Year Two (I count it as a Batman story due to the focus of their relationship), almost the entire Knightfall (just not Prodigal), Contagion/Legacy, Cataclysm/Aftershock/NML, Hush, War Games, Under The Red Hood, The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke, Batman Versus Predator, Spawn/Batman. I can't say I've really read a Legends Of The Dark Knight arc I didn't care for, I'm quite fond of all Catwoman series, and I really enjoyed the Cassandra Cain BatGirl series. The only real exceptions to the Paul Dini rule being the Arkham games and their prequels, though the stories have some of his typical flaws. Oh, and the two Keaton/Burton Batman films and Batman Begins.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 2:47:59 PM PDT
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Posted on May 11, 2012 4:00:50 PM PDT
R. S. Chaney says:
Can anyone tell me if there are any collections of Gerry Conway's early 80's work on Detective Comics?

Posted on May 11, 2012 5:39:49 PM PDT
I love Moench and Kelly's Batman run, which is why I mad the mistake of buying the Gotham after Midnight tpb. Its written by Steve Niles and drawn by Kelley Jones. Painfully obvious "mystery villain"(anyone with half a brian will know who Midnight is after the first issue), forced use of several villains, cringeworthy dialogue, and suprisingly uneven artwork by fan favorite Kelley Jones. Only reason I haven't sold my copy of that book is for comedic value, and Jones' art still has some good panels. I don't know it its the worst Batman story, but its certainly one of the worst I have read.

Posted on May 11, 2012 6:39:39 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:09:29 PM PDT
Alias says:
That's just like...your opinion, man ;) (to quote The Dude). But may not be your cup of tea but it certainly isn't "trash."

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 10:10:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2012 6:41:48 PM PDT
Dark Bulbs says:
@Alias, There was quite bit more but I don't really remember all the arc titles. Batman TAS was pretty good, however I feel Dini screwed up a lot of the characters/their back-stories/psyches/powers (particularly Poison Ivy, Hugo Strange, Bane and Clayface) and adding Harley Quinn...ugh...if she had just stayed in TAS as one of the many homages to the Burton film, it'd have been okay, but adding her to the comics, just a bad idea to me. Also some of the various generic story-timeline problems with comic based toons appeared in there.

Posted on May 18, 2012 12:54:06 AM PDT
Nicos says:
The one where he and Robin fight the mummy. Fortunately Robin carries around an anti-mummy raygun in his utility belt for just such occasions.... except that it doesn't work on the mummy so they defeat him with a twinkie instead.

You know what, scratch that, that is one of the best Batman stories.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 12:40:21 PM PDT
Dark Bulbs says:
^Wouldn't work now. I think if I remember correctly they recently stopped making them and now the twinkie is all but extinct....

Posted on May 22, 2012 8:22:17 AM PDT
Esgaldil says:
Hostess has filed for bankruptcy (again), but Twinkies are still being made and probably will be indefinitely - the brand has value even if the company cannot continue in its current structure.

Posted on May 22, 2012 12:57:31 PM PDT
Hitmanclark says:
I really, really hate The Black Glove and RIP. Some of the most pretentious, self-indulgent crap ever written on the character.

War Games was also a gigantic turd.

Posted on May 24, 2012 8:22:19 AM PDT
Picardfan007 says:
The Dark Kight Strikes Back---the sequel to the DarK Knight Returns has got to be the biggest let down for me. I gave a copy of DK Returns and DK Strikes Back as a gift and my friend even said how bad the sequel was.

Posted on May 26, 2012 8:56:48 PM PDT
Elvin Ortiz says:
The Land behind the Light from Detective Comics #44

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 9:26:17 PM PDT
Hey, MAR2D2 --

I'm not trying to talk you into changing your opinion on DARK KNIGHT RETURNS -- you're entitled to your opinion. But in case it help you to "see the other side," here's two cents from someone who wrote a pretty well-received BATMAN graphic novel in the late '90s...

What makes DKR work for me is simple: Miller has come up with the best of all possible endings for Bruce Wayne. Gotta figure, out of all the possible ways it can end for him, very few are really "good" endings ... but Frank found just about the best. You get the satisfaction of leveling a final whup-down on your friend, whom you think has taken a _very_ wrong turn. In the process, you get to fake your own death so people will leave you the heck alone. That accomplished, you literally go underground to teach what you know -- to the Batgang and, more important, to the female Robin, as apt a pupil as you're likely to find. In the end, Bruce gets what we all want -- to leave a legacy, to pass along his accumulated wisdom to a new generation that may be able to make more of a difference than we ourselves have been able to make.

Aside from that being a pretty satisfying way to ring down the curtain on Bruce Wayne (and DK STRIKES AGAIN was a clear misstep, in my opinion, so for my money, DKR is where I get off the train, chronologically speaking), this is one of the rare times in his total output where Frank Miller gives us a really _satisfying_ ending. Elektra is dead -- no, she's not. RONIN was all just a dream. SIN CITY ends with Marv frying in the chair in one installment, our hero cop blowing his brains out in another. "Endings are tough to do right," says Woody Allen, and Frank M. has often proved the truth of that statement. But DKR, in my opinion, is a clear case of Frank not just finding a _good_ ending, but the _perfect_ ending.

That's the view from here, anyway; take it for what it's worth ...

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 9:42:34 PM PDT
Wasn't that either a episode of the 1960's Batman TV series or Batman:Brave and the Bold?

If that's the case,wasn't that story meant to be cheesy?

Posted on May 26, 2012 10:50:50 PM PDT
Nitewing '98 says:
My nominations are two-fold.

First we have the train wreck that was Neal Adams' Batman Odyssey. Stupid, stupid, stupid. It read like an LSD trip, and a bad one at that. Was it written for kids?

Second is Grant Morrison's Batman Incorporated story arc about Leviathan. It jumps around more than a cat on a hot stove. And Morrison will continue Batman Inc in the new 52? WHY?!

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012 8:57:04 AM PDT
Nicos says:

Posted on May 27, 2012 9:56:26 AM PDT
David Brown says:
There are stories that I'm not crazy about...HUSH for example is nice and goofy; but that story along with BATMAN: RIP uses the "I know who Batman is, but I'm not going to tell anybody, I'm going to drive him crazy and destroy him from within!" plot that is just inane. I mean, come ON.

Knightfall is crap, but it was the 90s. The things going on with Superman, Captain America, Spider-Man, and Iron Man in that same time frame were scarcely any better.

The worst Post-Crisis Batman IMHO is A Death In The Family (aka the Death of Jason Todd Robin). And let me be clear about something: I WORSHIP Jim Starlin's cosmic work in both Marvel and Dreadstar!!! But here? The only thing that reaches cosmic proportions is the stupidity and illogic of this story. Jason Todd is tracking down his real mother; he finds her and she just HAPPENS to be working in league with Batman's arch enemy the Joker. Joker kills them both and then BECOMES AN IRANIAN DIPLOMAT. Good Heavens this is one horrible book but of course since it was one of the most talked-about books at the time (of course the general public had no idea that this was a NEW Robin, not the Dick Grayson Robin) everyone bought it. Awful, awful book.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 12:15:42 AM PDT
BatmanNerds says:
Seriously? Venom and Knightfall have some of the best authors and writers of that time period working together. Talented individuals like Chuck Dixon, Scott McDaniel and Norm Breyfogle who are still going working in comics. If you're not in awe of the impact that whole story line had on Batman's character then I don't see why you read DC comics. That sort of attitude and blatant disregard for talent is more suited for Marvel comics.

Posted on May 28, 2012 4:53:48 PM PDT
Elvin Ortiz says:
Book of Enchantment, Batman #5

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 5:32:27 PM PDT
Dark Bulbs says:
@Esgaldil, and here I was worried it'd go the way of the dodo before I got to try one....

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 9:04:58 PM PDT
Hitmanclark says:
Nitewing, I agree wholeheartedly.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 7:38:55 PM PDT
Elvin Ortiz says:
The Isle that Time Forgot by Joseph Greene (his first Batman story) Batman #10.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 6:51:18 PM PDT
A Gamer Guy says:
I agree with Morrison's run being pretty bad. And my reason is the same as many others. Its TOO HARD to understand! At then elitists bash people like me by saying if you can't understand then you shouldn't read comics. I read comics for enjoyment, not to try and figure out what the heck I just read by having to read wikipedia articles to explain it to me. Morrison had some neat ideas, I just don't think he presented them well.
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