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- Written by Scott Synder, illustrated by Greg Capullo, and inked by Jonathan Glapion. 

- Consists of issues #1-7 of Synder and Capullo’s Batman run on the New 52.

-176 pages of pure awesome.

First off, let me just say that you NEED to read this. No questions asked. Mmkay? 

Our story starts off with a beautiful intro of typical Batman crime-fighting. This then leads into a party in which Bruce proposes new ideas that he believes will shape up Gotham for the long run. 

As per usual, Mister Wayne has to take off suddenly once he hears of a mysterious murder. While investigating the crime scene he comes across a message left by the killer stating “Bruce Wayne Will Die Tomorrow”. Aside from this message, Batman also takes into account that the body found is covered in stab wounds made by a small blade featuring an owl at the top. This opens up a lot of questions and basically sets up the tale of the Court of Owls. 

To Batman, the Court of Owls is merely a myth. Besides, Gotham is his city. If there was some mysterious group of people watching the streets of Gotham, he’d be the first to know about it… or would he? Dun.. dun… dunnnnnnnnnn.

Anyways, this story is glorious. The Court of Owls and the Talon are like nothing else. Take a look at that second to last picture. Those right there are members of the Court of Owls. It’s perfect because it’s not just the Talon acting as this epic villain, it’s an entire organization of all ages. That’s what makes this battle so interesting because for once you’re not entirely sure how Batman is going to get out of it or how he’s even going to win. It’s all so new to him that his strategies are uncertain and it will leave you feeling nervous for his survival. 

Also, while you’re taking a look at those pictures, notice the incredible art work. Everything from the style to the colors gives this comic a modern feel. You can tell this is the New 52. 

I’d also like to point out that unlike a lot of Batman comics, the art in this one actually gives the reader a sense of Batman losing sanity. The last two pictures are perfect examples of how Batman hallucinates and truly starts to feel nervous about escaping the Talon. 

To further enhance the tension in this story, the pages shift while Batman is moving through a maze, so the reader actually gradually has to turn the book in order to read it, until at some point it’s actually upside down. It gets a quirky bonus in my eyes, but the scene is so intense that shifting the book really adds a sense of desperation. I seriously thought Bats was going to die on me with each panel I read. 

Enough of my babbling. Go get a copy and read it. Read and have a big fat nerdgasm because this story is oh-so satisfying. 

(Also, this artist’s depiction of Bruce Wayne is damn sexy. Don’t deny it.) 

(Source: comic-critic)


- Batman: The Long Halloween was published in 1996 and 1997 as a 13 issue series.

-Written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Tim Sale.

-384 pages

-Has the sequel Batman: Dark Victory.

-Considered one of the best graphic novels of all time.

Before I go into anything about the story, take a look at the second picture above. Have you ever seen the Joker drawn like that? LOOK AT THOSE FUCKING TEETH. He looks like he could rip your skin off with those teeth.  No, I’m not saying this in a negative way at all. My point is, Tim Sale is a comic artist like no other. He has this wonderful way of making all his characters either really skinny or super muscular and although it’s not an accurate depiction of the human body, they are oh-so pleasing to look at. If you pick up a copy, flip through the first couple of pages and just appreciate how square he makes the heads and bodies of his characters. It looks strange for a second and then you’re like whoaaaa, this is radical~

Anyways, the story takes place during Batman’s early years of crime fighting. I recommend reading this close to the time that you read Batman: Year One. It’s considered a “good sequel” or follow up. Basically, this is this origin story of Harvey Dent, otherwise known as the villain, Two-Face. 

Harvey Dent starts off as Gotham’s hot new district attorney and eventually collaborates with Batman and Commissioner Gordon on a  mysterious trail of murders that happen once a month only on holidays.

Most of the story follows Batman trying to find out who’s behind all these murders and why, but an even bigger plot unfolds as you read on. 

As always, I don’t want to say too much, but this graphic novel is the perfect mystery. Literally every page, every murder is going to confuse you and make you keep guessing who Holiday (our murderer) is. This is the kinda story that you have full permission to read through in one sitting because the suspense is going to painful. 

The verdict? Batman: The Long Halloween is not only bright, colorful and delicious to look at, but it has a great page-turning storyline. If you’re not going to read it for the above reasons, at least pick up a copy so you can see what exactly happened to Harvey Dent. It is in no way like the film, The Dark Knight

Mmmkay? Just read it. You’ll love it. Promise.

(Source: comic-critic)


-Written and illustrated by Bryan Lee O’Malley.

-Publish July 2004. 

-Known as being one of the best graphic novel series out there.

-Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (film) premiered August 13, 2010 in the USA. 

Alright. So first off, I saw commercials for the Scott Pilgrim movie back in 2010 and the trailers really discouraged me from seeing the film or reading the graphic novels. Based on the short clips on tv, it just looked like this silly indie, hipster comedy, but boy, was I completely, utterly WRONG.

Recently, a friend convinced me to get a copy of the first volume and not even after reading a few pages, I was in love. Also, you must ALWAYS read the back cover before starting a Scott Pilgrim volume. The opening line on the back is “Everything is totally sweet.” so before you even start reading you can see the sense of humor that you’re going to encounter in this book.

Here’s what’s great about Scott Pilgrim. He’s the hero of this series, but he’s not your average hero. Scott is a free-loading, whiny, cocky as fuck, 23 year old living in Canada. How often is a comic hero a whiny coward? Not often. Throughout the series Scott does have his moments of being a badass, but it’s so refreshing to see a hero portrayed as a young guy who cares more about making out with hot babes and playing in his band then actually being responsible or heroic.

Also, Scott is a HUGE nerd and the whole series is set up like a video game. There are so many great game references in it so you feel like you’re truly reading a story that’s part of the 2000s era. At one point Scott does something right and you see “ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED”. Come on. How could you not love that? 

This book is fucking hysterical. The plot itself is kind of silly, but very engaging. I’d say more, but I don’t want to ruin it for potential readers. There’s so many great characters and quotes said in this series that I actually went through the entire 6 volumes in less than 2 days. It’s perfect. It’s just funny, stupid, brilliant, there’s fucking kung fu in it. Not to mention the art style is manga influenced, but not completely so it feels very unique and it’s quite eye-pleasing. 

Just fucking read it, mmkay?

(Source: comic-critic)

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-Written by Alan Moore, illustrated by Brian Bolland.

-Published as a one-shot story in 1988.

-Declared one of the best graphic novels of all time.

We all know who the Joker is: a deranged, merciless clown who is said to be one of Batman’s greatest foes, but have you ever wondered why the Joker is the way he is? What made him crack? Who he was? Well, Batman: The Killing Joke answers all of these questions. 

The wonderful thing about The Killing Joke is that the story itself is incredibly short and yet the content of the story is so fulfilling you might find yourself wanting to read it a second time just so you can appreciate all you find out from just 64 pages. 

Basically the plot is centered around the Joker attempting to drive Commissioner Gordon insane so he can prove his point that even the most honorable man can crack. In between the Joker torturing Gordon, you’ll see flashbacks of the Joker’s past, revealing what truly happened to drive him insane. 

The Killing Joke is another absolutely essential Batman comic. It gives you the complete background on the Joker and sets up a very key character that you’ll read about in The New 52.

The Killing Joke is a masterpiece. I’ve never seen an artist capture the Joker’s insanity the way Bolland does. Whenever you get a glimpse of the Joker throughout your reading, make sure to look at his eyes. Notice just how chilling they are, how utterly lost he is. It’s scary. Also, Alan Moore, he wrote Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, and many other amazing stories so you know for a fact that the dialogue in this brilliant. 

Anyways, enough babble. Read this fucking comic, mmkay?

(Source: comic-critic)

If you’re new to comics or specifically new to Batman, then this is a perfect choice for you.


-Batman Year One, originally called “Year One”, was published in 1987. It was written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzucchelli (notice how many double letters are in David’s last name and smile.) colored by Richmond Lewis and lettering was done by Todd Klein.

-Year One was ranked #1 on the top 25 Batman graphic novels and is also known as one of the best graphic novels of all time.

-Originally appeared in issues #404 and #407 of the DC Batman comics.

The first thing that will grab your attention when you start Year One is that the artwork and coloring is glorious. Even if you’re not big on Batman, you should still take a look at this comic for the illustrations alone. Mazzucchelli has this amazing way of using a few lines to create what seems like a very detailed image. Count the number of lines used for the face of one of his characters, you’ll be amazed. 

Year One to put it simply is the ultimate story of Batman’s origin. It starts off with Bruce Wayne returning to Gotham City after being abroad for 12 years. During this time Bruce studied martial arts, science, and mastered the art of manhunting which are all obviously huge clues leading up to the rest of the plot. This comic also tells the origin of Commissioner, Jim Gordon and explores the struggles he went through getting to know the dark side of Gotham’s police force.

I’m not going to give the entire story away, but I will tell you this, Year One in every way is a GORGEOUS comic book. The colors are bright. The dialogue is spot on. The story is glorious and clear. You feel like you’re watching diving head first into a classic superhero tale. It is ESSENTIAL to read this TPB if you’re a Batman fan. It’s literally the gateway to all Batman comics. 

And if you’ve already read Year One, do yourself a favor and watch the 2011 animated film adaptation. You will not be disappointed. 

(Source: comic-critic)