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Date: 2008-07-23 01:31 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Batman: Long Halloween, Batman: Dark Victory
Two thirteen-issue collections, each one spanning a year of Batman's career (the first two years, pretty much. They're a very good place to start, seeing as it gives the origins of how Gotham is today; over the course of the two stories the various Mafia families are ousted from Gotham and the villains we know move in. The Long Halloween also covers Harvey Dent's transition into Two-Face, and Dark Victory is Dick Grayson's origin and debut as Robin.


Catwoman: When In Rome
This six-issue miniseries (availble is TPB) takes place parallel to the later issues of Dark Victory. Selina Kyle, accompanied by the Riddler, travels to Italy in search of her real father. It's a fun but bittersweet story, showing Selina at her most resourceful and the Riddler at his most scarily competent.


Batgirl: Year One
Very basically, this is the story of how Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl. What makes it so amazing is the realisation she doesn't really admire or idolise Batman. She dresses up as him originally as a jibe at her father, then has to save his ass when bad guys crash a police ball. She's inspired by Black Canary to become a crime fighter, and it's only really because she's in Gotham that she becomes entangled with Batman and Robin. Definitely on of the best Year One books out there.

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Date: 2008-07-23 02:17 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
IF I LIKED "BATMAN: HOUDINI" A LOT, AND FELT LIKE "ARKHAM ASYLUM" TOOK ITSELF TOO SERIOUSLY... WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT?

ALSO, ED BRUBAKER CATWOMAN Y/N?

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Date: 2008-07-23 02:58 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
VERY MUCH Y TO BRUBAKER'S CATWOMAN.

I HAVEN'T READ HOUDINI, BUT I ENJOY ALL OF LOEB & SALE'S BATSTUFF

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Date: 2008-07-24 02:50 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
BRUBAKER'S CATWOMAN IS AMAZING. BRUBAKER'S GOTHAM STUFF IS USUALLY AMAZING, PERIOD.

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Date: 2008-07-23 03:44 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
THE KILLING JOKE IS IMO THE DEFINITIVE STORY ON BATMAN'S AND THE JOKER'S RELATIONSHIP, WITH THE ADDED BENEFIT OF SOME GORGEOUS BRIAN BOLLAND ART. IT'S WRITTEN BY ALAN MOORE, WHICH IS A REC IN AND OF ITSELF. IF YOU LIKED THE DARK KNIGHT - READ IT. THE ONLY PART THAT LEAVES A BAD TASTE IN MY MOUTH IS WHAT HAPPENS TO BARBARA GORDON, BUT THE TREATMENT OF THE CHARACTER SINCE THEN KIND OF MAKES UP FOR IT. KIND OF.

WHILE I REALLY LIKE THE LONG HALLOWEEN, SOMETIMES I JUST GET STRUCK BY HOW DERIVATIVE SOME SEQUENCES ARE. BUT THE ENDING IS REALLY AMAZING. AND I WOULD ALSO REC THIS IF YOU LIKED THE DARK KNIGHT, ESP HARVEY DENT IN IT.

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Date: 2008-07-24 12:22 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
IAWTC. I READ THE KILLING JOKES AS A COMPLETE COMICS N00B. I'D SEEN THE JOKER IN BATMAN MOVIES, BUT HE WAS JUST ANOTHER NEAT MOVIE VILLAIN.

THE KILLING JOKE MADE ME LOVE THE JOKER, AND BATMAN'S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. ESPECIALLY AT THE END, WHEN BATMAN LAUGHS AT THE JOKER'S JOKE.

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