No.5 “The Dark Knight Returns“
Number Five finds us in an Alternate Future of Gotham City, Written and Illustrated by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson, Bruce had given up the War on Crime after the loss of his ward, Jason Todd, he hung up the cape and cowl and became a bored bachelor. After witnessing the rise in Crime thanks to a gang called “The Mutants,” and a grim reminder of the death of his parents due to a rerun of the film The Mark of Zorro on the Television, Bruce makes his presence known again as he reignites the War on Crime as Batman again! While facing opposition from the GCPD and the US Government. This also introduced a new character that became an instant favorite, Carrie Kelly. This series not only brought on countless sequels, prequels, and a One-Shot Comic, these series elements were also used in various films, animated shows, and live-action television shows.
No. 4 “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?“
This celebration of Batman’s History makes it to the fourth spot in the Top Ten, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Andy Kubert, this two-part story considered to be the “Final Story” taking place during the Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis event, in the wake of the psychological trauma that the Dark Knight endured, prominent figures in the Dark Knight’s life each tell a tale of Batman and how he eventually died, giving multiple, unique histories of Batman, his life, and his death. Similar to Alan Moore’s Superman Story, “Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow?“
No. 3 “Hush” Batman #608-619
Number Three finds us in the midst of a mystery, another tale was written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Jim Lee, Hush is an Eleven-Part story that brings a Mysterious Stalker with a strange connection to Bruce Wayne, set to sabotage the Dark Knight. It introduces Tommy Eliot and gave us a look into a romance between Catwoman and Batman. In 2018 the story was adapted into an animated film, but elements were changed in the process, it also introduced Hush and Tommy Eliot in the recent Live-Action series, Batwoman.
No. 2 “The Court of Owls“
It may be near the end of the countdown but not if the Court of Owls has a say in it! The New 52 was one of the most abysmal times in Comic Book History (mainly due to the fact that it may have had good sales and jaw-dropping moments,) but the Batfamily had a great run and Batman had one hell of a run going on with writer Scott Snyder and illustrated by Artists Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion, the Court of Owls is a conspiracy theory that has controlled Gotham for centuries. A violent cult of the City’s oldest and wealthiest families who use murder and money to wield political influence throughout history. The Court has made their appearances on the Television series Gotham and there were elements from this story used in the animated film Batman vs Robin.
No. 1 “The War of Jokes and Riddles“ Batman (Rebirth Era) #25-32
Finally, made it to the Number one spot in the Top Ten List, this time it is the Rebirth Era Batman story “The War of Jokes and Riddles” written by Tom King, illustrated by Mikel Janín, June Chung, and Clay Mann; takes place early in Batman’s career and served to be as one of the darkest chapters in his history, the villains taking sides as war is waged between Joker and the Riddler, taken to the streets of Gotham which causes Batman to make the most important decision in his life.
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