Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Grim Reaper is one of my favourite comic book characters. I have collected many titles over the years and this one stands out for a number of reasons. For starters, it's just funny; and secondly, the writers keep topping themselves with new twists to the character. Here are my favourites.
- "The Grim Reaper" (written bypen name Ben Edgy). The original grim reaper, born of a poor blacksmith from Kansas. The only thing remember very well about it is the woman steals the dog of another person who dies in her hand. At the end of this original comic, the reaper shows just how he actually killed the person instead of just the woman who was meant to die due to starvation. Now, obviously, this was a very funny book and an excellent detective story. The woman got what she truly deserved.
- "Grim Reaper" by John Grisham. The first in a long series of spin-off featuring Grisham. It was a huge success. The reaper we see now is more ruthless and ambitious than any of his predecessors and even rivals Batman's dark knight. It would be wrong to say the series is less interesting, just different in tone.
- "Grim Reaper" by Tom Spurgeon. I'm not a huge spinner of action or books with a lot of guns and killing people. But this one had me laughing from cover to cover. The main story involves a research scientist creating a serum that has the power to make people live longer. It also has a lot of twists and turns and some really bizarre characters. Spurgeon does a good job of keeping the reader hooked.
- "Grim Reaper" by Steve Englehart. Another fantastic comic. This one was written as a sequel to "Reaper" and again, another excellent tale about the dark knight and his villains. This time around, Batman is caught up in a war with the vicious Joker and the grim Reaper sent to finish the job.
- " Gotham City Versus The Grim Reaper" by Greg Ruckley. A dark comedy of a story about two parallel lives. Two women, one a professional thief and the other a failed actress try to stop their boss from killing them. Ruckley has put it in the public domain that both of them die in the end, but that hasn't stopped some people from believing otherwise. Maybe it's just the humor.
- "Gotham Academy" by Frank Miller. A darkly humorous story about a school for the super-rich. Jim Gordon is a bad-girl reporter, while Harvey and Bullock are the students.
These were some of my favorites. I'm not complaining. I highly recommend any of these. They each have their own benefits and drawbacks, but they're definitely worth reading if you like this type of comic. I myself like all three, so I would recommend them to you, whether or not you consider yourself a grim optimist.
However, there is one thing that all of the above books have in common, and that's they're extremely popular among both old and new fans of Batman. So if you're a fan, why not read one of these? It may give you a similar experience to when you first started reading Batman comics.
Besides, what fan wouldn't want more of this? Batman is a known quantity to virtually everyone. He's an icon that transcends his sex and race status. And we know that as long as he's around, we'll always see more of him.
What makes him so special then? Why is he so beloved by millions? It's simple really. People adore heroes that are purer in nature. We admire characters that are strong and noble, and who have a genuine desire to right the wrongs done to them.
Bruce Wayne is a perfect example of this - as he did prove himself to be a totally honest, deeply loyal friend to his friends and family, and he showed us that he was a fighter who was ready to face anything that comes his way. The grim reaper isn't like that. Instead, it shows us that Bruce Wayne is far from his usual confident and arrogant self, as he took on this somewhat challenging role to try and prove that he's still worthy of being the Knight.