Que devez-vous lire sur Batman? What you need to read about Batman?

[FRA] Si vous êtes fan de Batman au cinéma ou en dessin animé, que vous voulez tester les comics mais ne savez pas par où commencer voici,à mon avis, les meilleurs story arc de Batman. Si vous n’aimez pas les histoires, c’est simple, vous n’aimerez jamais les comics!:-)

ps: Je suis d’accord que The Killing Joke" est une histoire clé dans la mythologie de Batman. Ceci étant dit ce n’est pas une de mes préférés, si je devais faire un top 5. Je vous invite tous à découvrir Gates of Gotham parce que c’est pas un arc connu. C’est une grande histoire de la fondation de Gotham City qui inclue les familles influentes comme les familles Wayne, Cobblepott, etc. Cette histoire est vraiment excellente et indispensable!

[ENG] You’re a fan of Batman from the movies or/and from the animated series and you want to try the comics but you don’t know where to start. Here, in my opinion, all the best stories of Batman. If you don’t like these issues, that’s simple, you will never love the comics! :-)

PS: On my photos you can see the french edition of all these comics, So if some covers are slightly different from what you find in your comicshop this is normal. ^ ^

PS2: Unpopular opinion.^^ While I agree that “The Killing Joke” is a key story in the mythology of Batman, this is not one of my favorite if I had to make a top 5. I invite you all to discover “Gates of Gotham” because is not a famous story arc. This is a great story about the founding of  Gotham City including influantes families such the Wayne, the Cobblepott, etc. This story is really excellent and essential!

-Batman: Year One (France: Batman : Année Un)  (Story by Frank Miller & art by David Mazzuchelli )

The story recounts the beginning of Bruce Wayne’s career as Batman and Jim Gordon’s with the Gotham City Police Department. Bruce Wayne returns home to Gotham City at the age of twenty-five from training abroad in martial arts, manhunting, and science for the past 12 years, and James Gordon moves to Gotham with his wife, Barbara, after a transfer from Chicago. Both are swiftly acquainted with the corruption and violence of Gotham City, with Gordon witnessing his partner Detective Arnold John Flass assaulting a teen for fun.

-Batman: The Long Halloween(Story by Jeph Loeb / art by Tim Sale)

Taking place during Batman’s early days of crime fighting, The Long Halloween tells the story of a mysterious killer named Holiday, who murders people on holidays, one each month. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Captain James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month, while attempting to stop the crime war between two of Gotham’s most powerful families, Maroni and Falcone.

-Batman: Dark Victory .(France: Batman: Amère Victoire) (Story by Jeph Loeb/ art by Tim Sale)

The series takes place primarily during the third/fourth year of Batman’s career. The plot centers on a series of murders involving Gotham City police officers by a mysterious serial killer only known as The Hangman. Central to the storyline is a territory war between Two-Face and the remnants of the Falcone mob, led by Sofia Falcone.

The story is also a re-telling of the origins of Batman’s sidekick Robin and his adoption by Bruce Wayne. The story brings closure to many characters introduced in Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One.

-Batman: The Killing Joke (Story by Alan Moore/art by Brian Bolland )

The story’s effects on the mainstream Batman continuity included the shooting and paralysis of Barbara Gordon (a.k.a. Batgirl) by the Joker, an event that laid the groundwork for her to develop the identity of Oracle, an expert computer hacker and a vital source of information for Batman and other superheroes (though Barbara’s paralysis would be healed with the 2011 initiative The New 52).

-Batman: Knightfall (Story & art by various artists)

The story takes place over approximately six months. Bruce Wayne (Batman) suffers burnout and is systematically assaulted and crippled by a “super steroid”-enhanced genius named Bane. Wayne is replaced as Batman by an apprentice named Jean-Paul Valley, who becomes increasingly violent and unstable, tarnishing Batman’s reputation. Eventually, Wayne is healed through paranormal means, and reclaims his role as Batman.

-Batman: Hush (France: Batman: Silence) (Story by Jeph Loeb/ art by Jim Lee)

Hush is a 2002-2003 comic book story arc that ran through the Batman monthly series. It was written by Jeph Loeb, penciled by Jim Lee, inked by Scott Williams and colored by Alex Sinclair. The story depicts a mysterious stalker called Hush, who seems intent on sabotaging Batman from afar, and it includes a large number of guest appearances by Batman villains. It also emphasizes the romantic feelings between Batman and Catwoman.

-Batman: The Black Mirror (France: Batman: Sombre Reflet)  (Story by Scott Snyder / art by Joke)

This story tells the adventures of Dick Grayson (Nightwing), which took over the Batman costume during the year when Bruce Wayne was gone.
It is also the debut of writer Scott Snyder on Batman.

-Batman: Gates of Gotham (story by Scott Snyder/art by Kyle Higgins)

The series revolves around a decades-old mystery connected to the founding fathers of Gotham City that comes to light in the present day, leading Batman to assemble a team of detectives to try to unravel the conspiracy. In addition to Batman, the series features Red Robin, Black Bat (Cassandra Cain) and Robin (Damian Wayne) as the main characters.

The series will be used as a launching point for several high-profile Batman storylines in 2011, and will also touch upon elements introduced in Grant Morrison’s The Return of Bruce Wayne limited series

-Batman: The Court of the Owl (France: Batman: La cour des Hiboux) (Story by Scott Snyder/art byGreg Capullo)

Direct sequel to “Night of the OwlsThe Court of Owls is an ancient conspiracy that has controlled Gotham City for centuries. They are a violent cabal of some of Gotham City’s oldest and wealthiest families who use murder and money to wield political influence throughout history. Their bases of operation are hidden in some of the city’s oldest structures, existing beneath everyone’s notice.

-Batman: The Night of the Owl (Story by Scott Snyder / art by Greg Capullo)

The story arc stretches across various comic books, each building the story for the Night of the Owls by following different Gotham characters as they deal with the onslaught of the Court of Owls. Upon hearing a distress call from Alfred, all the members of the “Bat Family” race to various targets in an attempt to save them from the Court’s assassins, the Talons.

BATMAN & ROBIN: Born To Kill (France: Batman & Robin: Tueur Né) (Story by Peter J. Tomasi/ Art by Patrick Gleason).

Battling evil with his son, Damian, at his side, Batman now realizes that the hardest part of the job may be trying to work together! As Batman and Robin try to adjust to their new partnership, a figure emerges from Bruce Wayne’s past: His name is NoBody, and he’s not happy that Batman Incorporated is shining a light on his own shadowy war against evil…

-The Death of the Family(Story by Scott Snyder/ art by Greg Capullo)

The story involves the return of Batman’s arch-enemy, the Joker, and his plan to destroy all of the people Batman has come to rely on since their first encounter: the multiple Robins, Batgirl, Catwoman, Alfred Pennyworth and Commissioner James Gordon. The title is a reference to the classic Batman story arc “A Death in the Family” (1988), in which the Joker murders Jason Todd.

-Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Story & art by Frank Miller )

The Dark Knight Returns tells the story of Bruce Wayne, who at 55 years old returns from retirement to fight crime and faces opposition from the Gotham City police force and the United States government.

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