Back in May, I did a write-up on some of my favourite Batman comics. Since writing that, my obsession for the franchise has been awakening little by little. I began playing through the Batman: Arkham video games (currently wrapping up Arkham City and should have a review up for it promptly) and I’ve even gone back and started to re-read the original Detective Comics, where it all began with Bill Finger and Bob Kane. It’s been an awesome ride, and one that I hope I shall be on for a while yet.
Since I have become so reinvigorated in my passions for the Batman comics, specifically, I thought it would be neat to read a few that have been on my backlog for a long time. Thanks to the handiness and the affordability of digital comics, courtesy of the DC Comics app, I have been able to snag a few graphic novels of my most-anticipated titles for a handful of bucks! Today, I wanted to share with y’all some of the volumes that I’ve hauled over the last couple of months.
Unlike novels, I don’t buy comics in bulk. I buy them as I read them. Chock it up to the fact that they are such an important part of my geek identity, or just how satisfying it is to be able to blow through volume after volume (with respect to my ADHD and desire to constantly feel productive); whatever the reasons are, I’m immensely happy with this practise, but it’s also the reason that most of my comics hauls tend to be smaller.
Either way, I’m excited to talk about these, and am looking forward to discussing them in more details when their reviews go live on the blog in the near future. If you see something you like, click their titles to visit their respective DC webpages.
Batman: The Golden Age Volume 1 by Bill Finger & Gardner Francis Fox (writers); Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson (artists)
These incredible originations of the Batman franchise in what will come to be a worldwide phenomenon, is a beast of a collection (approximately 400+ pages) and is the best place to start reading the comics if one is interested in learning the full scope of The Bat’s backstory. The graphic novel collection contains all of the very first adventures from The Dark Knight’s debut in Detective Comics #27, including Detective Comics #27-45, Batman #1-3, and New York’s World Fair Comics #2.
I’m about halfway through this. I started reading it in the beginning of June but have been taking my sweet time with it while I play through the action-adventure video game series. By partaking in them simultaneously, side-by-side, the experience of diving into the narrative feels far more in-depth and all-encompassing. Plus, it’s been wild to see the differences and similarities between old and new.
Insha’Allah, I can provide an in-depth review for this towards the end of August, as that’s when I expect to finish reading it, as well as when I’m aiming to complete the original trilogy of Arkham games.
This was a graphic novel that I snagged immediately after starting Arkham Asylum. Victor Zsasz is one of my favourite Batman villains as he’s one of the few that is a true sociopathic serial killer who doesn’t have any mutations or terrible deforming events in his past, and I find that to be positively brilliant. Plus, his stories are so incredibly fucked-up that I just can’t get enough of it.
I haven’t started this yet, as I’ve been saving it for a binge session, where I don’t have to worry about any interruptions or obligations. If I don’t get to it in August, then I sure as hell will in September.
The collection is part of a larger series where each volume focuses on a specific villain or antagonist and this is one of two that I snagged. It collects Shadow of the Bat #1-4 (his debut), Batman: Streets of Gotham #10-11, a story from Batman Chronicles #3, Batman: Batgirl #1, Detective Comics #815-816, a story from Detective Comics (2001) #18, Rogue Gallery #1, and a previously unpublished story intended for Batman: Gotham Knights #12.
Contributors: (Writers) Alan Grant, Devin Grayson, John Layman, Kelley Puckett (Artists) Jim Balent, Norm Breyfogle, Cliff Chiang, Derek Fridolfs
Killer Croc is one of those characters who looks so badass because of his size and intimidating nature, yet underneath it all, he’s always been a gigantic mystery to me. Encountering him in the Arkham Asylum game was a bit of a trip because, while it’s easy to imagine the sheer scope of his physicality, it was something else entirely to witness it visually.
Waylon Jones was born with a rare medical condition that basically ensured no one would ever treat him with respect. Toss in various forms of abuse and it becomes quite understandable how he would grow up to become Killer Croc. But beyond the basics, I know so little about Jones. So, I grabbed this volume to help deepen my understanding of him on multiple levels since he is such an intriguing case study.
The collection includes Detective Comics #525, #660, and #808-810; Batman #358, #359, #471, #489, #512, #522; Batman and Robin #23.4; Joker’s Asylum Killer Croc #1; and Batman Chronicles #3.
Contributors: (Writers) Gerry Conway, Chuck Dixon, Andersen Gabrych, Alan Grant, Jack Harris, Doug Meonch, Tim Seeley (Artists) Jim Aparo, Jim Balent, Norm Breyfogle, Tommy Castillo, Mike Gustovich, Gabriel Hardman, Kelley Jones, Dan Jurgens, Rodney Ramos, Cliff Richards, Curt Swan, David Yardin
My second most-anticipated graphic novel from this entire haul, White Knight follows The Joker as he’s become completely sane. Now known as a Jack Napier, he embarks on a headstrong mission to heal the very same city that he has terrorised to no avail. Upon reconciling with his partner, Harley Quinn, he starts up a scheme to carefully discredit the one person that Gotham has always viewed as their saviour, Batman.
It’s no secret that The Joker is my favourite fucking villain of all-time. So, when I came across this story, there was no way in hell that I was going to pass it up. Also, I managed to snag it for under ten bucks, which is a total steal. One day I will get the physical deluxe edition of it, but for now, the digital suits me fine. If I end up enjoying this as much as I suspect I shall (given the writer, how the bloody hell can I not???), then y’all can expect a very fanhumaning-type review.
Collects the entire White Knight miniseries, which consists of eight issues that were released between 2017-2018.
Not to be that comic nerd, but Catwoman has been a long-time crush of mine for… well, for a remarkably long ass time. I remember my first encounter with her was in Batman: The Animated Series and ever since then, I have been completely head-over-heels smitten-like-a-kitten for this glorious woman. Considering how much I love reading comics, and how many Batman comics I’ve read, I was a bit ashamed that I hadn’t read much of anything that focused entirely on her. So, I snagged this as a way of remedying that.
Part of 2011’s New 52 release, this volume introduces readers to Selina Kyle, a danger and shiny-objects addicted vixen of a lady that also happens to have a curiously wild interest in the Bat himself. When she steals from the wrong person, he comes looking for his loot as well as blood.
The graphic novel collects the first seven issues of the Catwoman series.
My most-anticipated comic of 2020 is finally in my grasp!! This is definitely another collected graphic novel that I shall be acquiring the deluxe edition for in the future, but when I saw the digital on sale, there was no way I was going to pass it up. Not only is Stjepan Sejic fucking brilliant, it’s a Harley Quinn origin story. Why would “no” even be an option here?
After months of interviewing criminals at Arkham Asylum, Dr Harleen Quinzel starts to have very strange dreams about one of them in particular. What begins as overwhelming nightmares, slowly mutates and evolves into dangerous fantasies. Despite many warnings from Batman himself, she’s just so damn fascinated by the one individual who seems to be a perfect fit for her theory; the one dude who says everything she wants to and needs to hear; the only guy who is starting to know her better than she knows herself… or does he?
The graphic novel collects the entire Harleen series, which consist of three issues.
Those are the six graphic novels that I have hauled recently, relatively speaking, and I’m floored that I got them at all at great prices. While I’m not a humongous fan of digital reading (hard on my weak eyes), I honestly can’t beat the affordability of them. Plus, it does have its benefits, like helping me decide which ones are actually worth the investment of physical copies and which ones are better off in their digital environments.
Do you see any comics here that interest you? What are some of your favourite Batman comics? Please, come chat with me in the comments. I’d love to hear from you. Until next time, happy nerding.