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32. Alan Brennert
Alan Brennert did not write a whole lot of Batman comics, but his percentage of stories written that turned out to be classic Batman stories is right up there with the very best of them. Besides his acclaimed Elseworlds graphic novel, Holy Terror (what if Batman is a rebellious priest on a world where the Church rules the world?), Brennert wrote the classic Batman anniversary issue in Detective Comics #500 that lets Batman save his parents in an alternate universe and explores whether Bruce Wayne would have become Batman even if his parents HADN’T been killed…
as well as the striking Brave and the Bold issue detailing the relationship between Earth-2 Bruce Wayne and Catwoman.
31. Neil Gaiman
For years, Neil Gaiman had not written a single issue of Batman or Detective Comics and had still had a significant impact on the Bat-Universe through his work on Batman’s villains. He revamped Riddler a bit in the pages of Secret Origins and he dramatically revamped Poison Ivy in Black Orchid and then Secret Origins. The modern Poison Ivy is essentially a creation of Gaiman’s.
He finally got his chance to take on the Bat-books when he wrote a two-parter after Batman “died” during Grant Morrison’s run. Gaiman came on to do his take on “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” with “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader,” an out-of-continuity examination of Batman’s life and death through a sort of Canterbury Tales approach of Batman’s friends and foes coming together at his funeral to tell the story of how he died. It’s an excellent tribute to Batman’s history (and some of the finest work Andy Kubert did on Batman)…
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