Updated on 16 October, 2021
Detective Comics is an American comic book series released originally only in DC comics, then shortened to just Detective Comics. The original title was derived from a twist on the detective Sherlock Holmes. It featured Batman as a private eye who solved crimes for the city during his spare time. The first volume, released in 1937 to early 1940, is also known for presenting the first Batman into the public's awareness. The character has been a constant presence in the world of comic books, and was recently brought back as one of the featured characters in the new blockbuster Batman movie starring Tom Hardy.
Since the re-branding of detective comics in September 1940, there have been several anthologies of comics released. Most notably, the Batman: The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, and Batman Beyond series. With the success of these anthologies, there was a move to create a standard "anthology" of comic book series printed on paper instead of being printed in comic book form. The result is a collection of comic book titles numbering hundreds and even thousands.
Two anthologies of Batman's crime fighting adventures were released prior to the launch of the Dark Knight. These were Dark Knight Holiday Special and the Batman Graphic Novel: Holiday Special. Both of these comic book series were written by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and featured various Batman villains such as the Riddler, Cat Woman, the Joker, The Penguin, and Two-Face. In fact, The Riddler has made several appearances in other Dark Knight comics, and has become a fan favorite in the eyes of many readers. The Christmas Special comic book released in June of 2021 featured characters from both the New 52 Batman comics and the Batman: The Dark Knight film.
In August of 2021, a new Batman: The Dark Knight series featuring Batman's nemesis, The Joker was launched. This series followed the events of The Dark Knight and was written by Christopher Nolan. Following the successful conclusion of The Dark Knight, the detective series featuring Batman began with the return of The Joker in the Dark Knight Rises. This time around, The Joker was portrayed as well as The Riddler, both new additions to the Batman universe.
With the successes of both The Dark Knight Rises, DC has created a new flagship title in the Batman universe called Batman: Gotham City. This ongoing series continues the tale left off of The Dark Knight. There are five ongoing issues that are produced in this series. Issues #1 through #6 belong to this series, and the last two issues were "tie-ins" to the release of The Dark Knight. These ongoing series are not as successful as the aforementioned two comic books, but they do continue to find a number of fans.
Another popular television show based on Batman is the television series Dark Knight. A movie of this type has been released in theaters. In this movie, The Dark Knight depicts the rise of Batman as a dark knight who takes on the evil mastermind, The Joker. In the TV show, the Joker is played by Ledger. The first arc of this movie depicted the murder of Rachel Dawes, the girlfriend of The Joker. Following her death, she left a necklace which was later discovered by an orphan, John Blake, who took the ring and used it to attack The Joker.
Another popular animated comic book series based on Batman is the Dark Knight: The Longbow Hunters. The story begins six months following the events of The Dark Knight. As the resistance against The Joker grows, the future of the Batman comics continue to grow.
All of these different types of Batman comic books have provided readers with many entertainment options. No matter what type of story you prefer, whether it's an origin story or ongoing series focused on the dark knight, these comic books will always be a hit. There is even a new TV series premiering that is all about the dark knight, and you can probably expect plenty more exciting storylines to come throughout the next year and beyond. Check back here at my blog for more updates.