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In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman, culminating with the official 75th anniversary of Batman on July 23rd. We’ve done Batman covers, Batman characters, Batman creastors and now, finally, Batman stories!
You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Batman Stories! Here are #65-56!
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65. “Heart of Hush” (Detective Comics #846-#850)
After being the main villain of the storyline that bore his name, Hush had fallen by the wayside as a Batman villain, reduced to basically being a henchman of other villains like the Joker. Paul Dini, though, changed everything in his Heart of Hush story (art by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs) where Dini brings Hush back to his mastermind days while also spotlighting his surgeon skills by first having him horrifically remove Catwoman’s heart and then to perform surgery on himself to make himself look like Bruce Wayne…
Dini also did some fine work examining Thomas Elliot’s relationship with his family growing up (the mother he tried to kill when he was a kid, only to see her saved by Bruce Wayne’s surgeon father).
64. Bruce Wayne: Fugitive (Batman #603-607, Detective Comics #768-775, Batman: Gotham Knights #29-32 and Batgirl #29-33 plus some other tie-ins here and there)
In the crossover Bruce Wayne: Murderer?, Bruce Wayne stood accused of murdering one his old girlfriends, Vesper Fairchild. The bigger issue is that while there is no apparent motive to outside examination, to those who know Bruce’s secrets, they discover that it appears as though VESPER knew his secrets, as well. Could their friend and mentor really be a murderer? Nightwing, Batgirl, Oracle and Robin have to wrestle with that doubt while still trying to set Bruce free.
Eventually, Batman decides that he has been off the grid for too long and decides to escape from prison as Bruce Wayne and then simply retire the identity and become Batman full-time.
The largest piece of the Bruce Wayne: Fugitive crossover is about Batman’s allies still trying to prove his innocence while he doesn’t seem to care at all. Ultimately, the series becomes about the importance of Bruce Wayne in Batman’s life, which comes to a head when he is hanging out with Catwoman and Batman risks himself to save another crook….
The last Batman crossover by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker (Rucka would leave Detective Comics soon after and Brubaker would finish up about a year later, after taking over Detective Comics from Rucka while Jim Lee and Jeph Loeb took over Batman.
63. “Going Sane” (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #65-68)
In this intriguing storyline, J.M. DeMatteis explores just what would happen if Joker DID kill Batman. He theorizes in this story that he would basically go…well, SANE…
Of course, he didn’t REALLY kill Batman and that’s where things begin to fall apart (the art is by Joe Staton and Steve Mitchell).
Go to the next page for #62-59!
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