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 Dark Knight Returns

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 - SuperheroSith

2 Batman: The Killing Joke

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.

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! "


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

This is the best Graphic novel ever made! PUT THIS ON NUMBER 1! - asantalo

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3 Batman: The Long Halloween

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!

Writer: Jeph Loeb Artist: Tim Sale - SuperheroSith

This is the best ever. period.

4 Batman: Year One

Writer: Frank Miller Artist: David Mazzucchelli - SuperheroSith

5 Batman: Hush

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. - Blakezilla

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

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

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 - SuperheroSith

7 Batman: Knightfall

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

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


8 Batman: A Death in the Family

Writer: Jim Starling. Artist: Jim Apero

9 Batman: Death of the Family

Need to move up further.

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

10 Batman: Dark Victory

Writer: Jeff Loeb Artist: Jeff Sale - SuperheroSith

The Contenders

11 Batman: Heart of Hush

Writer: Paul Dini Artist Dustin Nguyen - SuperheroSith

12 Batman R.I.P

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Tony S. Daniels - SuperheroSith

13 All Star Batman And Robin: The Boy Wonder

Writer: Frank Miller Artist: Jim Lee - SuperheroSith

14 Batman: Scarecrow Tales
15 Batman: Mad Love
16 New 52 Batman: The Court of Owls

This showcases everything awesome about Batman!

17 Batman: The Man Who Laughs

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

18 Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying
19 Batman & Son

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Andy Kubert

20 Batman: Knightfall Part One: Broken Bat

By the way, Who rules the night is part TWO not part one.

21 Batman: Black Mirror
22 Batman: Knightfall Part One: Broken Bat
23 Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

Writer: Frank Miller. Artist: Lynn Varley

24 Batman: Lovers and Madmen

This is Batman Confidential isn't it? - SuperheroSith

25 Batman: Prey
26 Batman: The Cult

Gritty and underrated.

27 Batman: Gotham By Gaslight
28 Batman: Earth One
29 Batman: Under the Hood Vol. 1
30 Batman: No Mans Land
31 Batman: Haunted Knight
32 Batman: Gotham County Line
33 Batman: Snow
34 Batman: Strange Apparations
35 Batman: Son of the Deamon
36 Batman: Absolution
37 Batman: Red Rain
38 Batman: Year 100
39 Batman: Black And White
40 Batman: Gothic
41 Batman and the Monster Men
42 Justice League of America: Tower of Babel
43 Batman: Thrillkiller
44 Batman: Venom
45 Batman: Nine Lives
46 Batman & Dracula: Red Rain
47 Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn
48 The Batman Chronicles Vol. 1
49 The Untold Legend of the Batman
50 Batman: Knightfall Part One: Who Rules The Night
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
2. Batman: The Long Halloween
3. Batman: Year One
1. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
2. Batman: The Killing Joke
3. Batman: Hush
1. Batman: The Killing Joke
2. Batman: Knightfall
3. Batman - Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth

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