Top 10 Batman Graphic Novels

If Frank Miller could make movies as well as he writes books, he'd be the best director on Earth.

The Top Ten

1 Batman: The Killing Joke Batman: The Killing Joke Product Image

I've read this so many times I could repeat all of it from memory. I love reading the different editions, whether it be the original, the re-coloured deluxe edition, or the Noir version. Each one gives the story a different feel, and no matter which one you choose, you end up with the best graphic novel ever made. Alan Moore was at the top of his game (although he said otherwise) and Brian Bolland's art has never been better. The Joker commits terrible, vile acts of violence which could never be forgiven, and yet you feel sorry for him. You see how he was broken, how life kept on pushing him until he went over the edge. It's a side of Joker we had never seen, and haven't seen since. When you add up all these things together, you get what is, and always will be, the best Batman story ever created.

People who bash this book seem to miss the point. I first read the Killing Joke around 3rd or 4th grade, and I enjoyed it immensely. I didn't understand all the themes, but I knew it was good. Now, reading it, I understand what Alan Moore was trying to convey. Alan Moore himself said that he didn't think that this book was very good. Frankly, I think it was just another artist criticizing his own work. It is, of course, a great piece of literature. Some claim it's just shock value and nothing else. Absolutely wrong. I don't see how anyone could miss the crystal clear message here. What the book is trying to say, is that one tragic event can push someone over the edge. And that's what happened with the Joker. He's a depraved lunatic, one of the worst examples of humanity, but he's just that. Human. They weave this concept into the familiar world of Batman and create a timeless classic with stunning artwork from Brian Bolland.

For some reason, people seem to disregard this book ...more

See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum... And one night, one night they decide they don't like living in an asylum any more. They decide they're going to escape! So, like, they get up onto the roof, and there, just across this narrow gap, they see the rooftops of the town, stretching away in the moon light... Stretching away to freedom. Now, the first guy, he jumps right across with no problem. But his friend, his friend didn't dare make the leap. Y'see... Y'see, he's afraid of falling. So then, the first guy has an idea... He says "Hey! I have my flashlight with me! I'll shine it across the gap between the buildings. You can walk along the beam and join me! " B-but the second guy just shakes his head. He suh-says... He says "Wh-what do you think I am? Crazy? You'd turn it off when I was half way across! "

-Joker

Without this masterpiece, I think Heath Ledger's incredible acting wouldn't be possible.

2 Batman: The Long Halloween Batman: The Long Halloween Product Image

The perfect origin story for Harvey Dent / Two-Face and its sequel Dark Victory is just as good. Love this story!

Best detective story ever!

This is the best ever. period.

Writer: Jeph Loeb Artist: Tim Sale

3 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Product Image

This is one of the best comics I have ever read

I love this novel but I think it is overrated.

Simply the best

Writer FranK Miller Artist: Klaus Janson

4 Batman: Year One Batman: Year One Product Image

Writer: Frank Miller Artist: David Mazzucchelli

5 Batman: Hush Batman: Hush Product Image

This was the first Batman comic I read as an adult, and it got me right back into the legend of Batman. This has the best DC writer and DC artist. The story is amazing, and the art is truly stunning. To be able to introduce an entirely new villain to a superhero that has been around for over 70 years and be successful is impressive. I hope Hush has more video game/graphic novel appearances to come.

Spoiler Alert! So I liked this book. It was a great Batman mystery similar to Long Halloween. But I would have liked it more if Robin ( Jason Todd ) was Hush instead of Thomas Elliot

I thought it was great. A great Bat man mystery similar to Long Halloween. But I would have actually liked it more if Jason Todd Robin was Hush.

Catwoman-Batman relationship is top notch here.But I would have actually liked it more if Tim Drake Robin was Hush

6 Batman - Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth Batman - Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth Product Image

The art of this book is mysterious and disturbing. It has less to do with comic art and more looks like something you would expect to see at a museum.
Grant Morrison's take on the Batman universe here is edgy (e.g. the Mad Hatter is a pedophile) and at times creative (therapists trying to cure Two-Face by exchanging his coin with a die is a brilliant idea). There isn't much of an overall story, but every page is filled with pretentious, intellectual, esoteric references, but the overall mood Morrison creates mashes well with McKean's art.

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Dave McKear

7 Batman: Knightfall Batman: Knightfall Product Image

Without this. Bane wouldn't exist! I mean come on! Bane breaks the bat. It's iconic!

Dc animation really should consider making a movie for this. it will take about 3 years but it will be worth it.

SO SUSPENSEFUL! I READ IT IN 2 DAYS! IT WAS SO LONG<BUT SO GOOD - crazy fangirl

8 Batman: A Death in the Family Batman: A Death in the Family Product Image

Writer: Jim Starling. Artist: Jim Apero

9 Batman: Dark Victory Batman: Dark Victory Product Image

Writer: Jeff Loeb Artist: Jeff Sale

10 Batman: Death of the Family Batman: Death of the Family Product Image

Part of the Scott Snyder batman series.this joker story about the joker trying to destroy the batman family is a good comic and one that will haunt you

Joker is back and he is literally wearing his face

Need to move up further.

The Newcomers

? Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Product Image
? Batman: Noel Batman: Noel Product Image

The Contenders

11 Batman: Heart of Hush Batman: Heart of Hush Product Image

Writer: Paul Dini Artist Dustin Nguyen

12 Batman: Black & White Batman: Black & White Product Image
13 Batman: Black Mirror Batman: Black Mirror Product Image
14 Batman R.I.P. Batman R.I.P. Product Image

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Tony S. Daniels

15 Batman: Haunted Knight Batman: Haunted Knight Product Image
16 All Star Batman and Robin: The Boy Wonder

Writer: Frank Miller Artist: Jim Lee

17 Batman: The Man Who Laughs Batman: The Man Who Laughs Product Image

This is the perfect comic of the joker and how batman and joker met

18 Batman: Scarecrow Tales
19 Batman: Mad Love
20 Batman: No Mans Land Batman: No Mans Land Product Image
21 New 52 Batman: The Court of Owls New 52 Batman: The Court of Owls Product Image

This showcases everything awesome about Batman!

22 Batman: Going Sane
23 Batman: The Cult Batman: The Cult Product Image

Gritty and underrated.

24 Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying Product Image
25 Batman & Son Batman & Son Product Image

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Andy Kubert

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