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72. Earth One (Batman: Earth One Volume 1)
When Geoff Johns, Gary Frank and Jonathan Sibal re-invented Batman for this alternate reality “fresh start” graphic novel series, they didn’t just slightly adapt the Batman mythos, they took an entirely different approach to Batman and how he evolved as a character. Here was a Batman who was still unsure of himself even after BECOMING Batman.
It was a heartfelt and inviting look into a new hero who doesn’t even really realize just how badly his parents’ deaths has messed with his head, even as he swears vengeance for their deaths. Alfred, also, is a much more hardened character…
It was a smash success and DC is continuing the series.
71. “The Night of the Reaper” (Batman #237)
This story was based on an idea by Bernie Wrightson and was drawn by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano, scripted by Denny O’Neil and involved some input from Harlan Ellison. It was one of the classic 1970s trips that DC and Marvel made to Rutland, VT for their annual Halloween celebration. Here, Dick Grayson heads out to the celebration but gets caught up in a dangerous situation…
Holy crap that Reaper page is amazing.
The story behind the reaper is a very much “of the time” story, but Adams and Giordano’s artwork sells the story beautifully. Such epic pages.
70. War on Crime (Batman: War on Crime)
Speaking of epic pages, War on Crime is an oversized graphic novel by Paul Dini and Alex Ross.
Ross just goes nuts with all the space he is given as he puts a tragically human face on crime in Gotham City, juxtaposing Bruce Wayne’s ruined childhood with kids whose childhoods are ruined in a whole other fashion…
Epic is a great word to describe it.
69. “Deathmask” (Detective Comics #437)
This powerful story by Archie Goodwin was the first time that Jim Aparo drew a Batman story outside of The Brave and the Bold. Aparo did not disappoint as he was wonderful on this gripping story of men being “driven mad” by a “haunted” mask…
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