Updated on 16 October, 2021
Selecting the right Batman graphic novel is no easy task. With more than four new Batman comic series launched on even just a quiet week, there is simply so much to choose from. Plus, you would probably die before you finally read all of the issues released since the first Batman comic book was released in 1939. This article will focus on the latest Batman comic storylines and give my opinion of the various titles.
Batman: The Dark Knight is easily the most recent Batman comic book storyline. It is written by Tomasi and DC Comics has really done an excellent job of retelling the events that happened in the Dark Knight. I enjoyed reading it, but I am not the biggest fan of comic book mythology. If you are not familiar with Batman, then you may want to skip this one. The story is filled with action, adventure, Batman fighting villains, and a love story that could not be any better for Batman. The story is definitely worth a citation needed, but if you are not a huge fan of Batman, then I would highly suggest reading the other Batman graphic novels before reading this one.
Batman: Gotham City Dark is the second most recent graphic novel. I enjoyed reading this one just as much as I enjoyed reading the previous Batman Graphic Novels. This story tells the tale of how the dark knight returned to Gotham City after he was presumed dead. The storyline was excellent and I was pleasantly surprised with how much detail was put into this book.
Another of the dark knight's Graphic Novels is Batman: Gotham City Racer. I feel like this is more of a filler book than anything else. I never cared for Harvey Dent, so I did not expect to care for this story. I will say that Grant Morrison did a fantastic job of making this a fun and exciting read. The storyline was excellent, the imagery was riveting, and the story was overall well written.
The third and final installment of the Dark Knight series is Batman: Earth Island. This is the end of the third year of the Batman comic book series and it featured the last story arc that occurred throughout the previous year. This one-shot issue contained only the very end of the Dark Knight's story, and it is exciting to see what direction the series heads in next. One of the biggest complaints about Batman: Earth Island was the fact that there were no future stories told. However, DC has assured us that they will continue to tell future stories starring Batman through the monthly publication.
One other new storyline featured in the Batman Graphic Novels is Batman: Out of Time. It is written by Paul Dini and drawn by Howard Chaykin. This two-issue miniseries featured the return of Two Face and took place within the same continuity as the Dark Knight movie. I have enjoyed reading both of these story arcs, and I feel that both of them are fantastic. I especially liked the appearance of Two Face in the "Year One" arc, which was an interesting take on the character.
The year one Batman Graphic Novel is Batman: Zero Year, and it features the final events of the Dark Knight movie. Following the death of Batman's mother and presumed death of the Dark Knight, the Dynamic Duo go into exile and begin a series of adventures trying to figure out what happened to their friend and nemesis, including capturing the villain, Two Face. Although I am not sure how much detail is actually given to the plot, I do enjoy the miniseries overall, even though it is not the best Batman Graphic Novel I've read. It is still a solid collection that would make a great gift for any fan of this popular comic book.
My next Batman Graphic Novel review will be on the upcoming " Gotham Nights " movie! The third installment in the Dark Knight series, this movie will pick up right after the end of Dark Knight Rises. The movie will continue the story set after the events of the Dark Knight, and feature the return of some classic Batman villains, as well as some new ones. I'm not sure whether I am going to like or not, but I am willing to give the movie a try, seeing as it is starring Tom Hardy. I hope I like it, because Hardy is really great in this film. He plays the role perfectly, and I look forward to future Batman movies featuring this great actor.