75 Greatest Batman Stories: #35-26
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 #35-26!
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35. “Club of Heroes” (Batman #667-669)
In this three-part mystery by Grant Morrison and J.H. Williams III, Batman is reunited with the international club of heroes (a short-lived superhero team that was introduced in a 1950s issue of Batman) to solve the seeming murder of the man who originally funded the Club of Heroes. Can Batman and a team of C-List heroes solve the murder mystery before they’re all picked off one by one?
Williams was especially impressive when he showed a flashback to the heyday of the Club (when the British hero the Knight was known as the sidekick to his father)…
and then transitioned to modern times…
34. “A Lonely Place of Dying” (Batman #440-442, The New Titans #60-61)
Marv Wolfman theorized that a reason that fans didn’t like Jason Todd was that he was in conflict with Dick Grayson, so in this storyline by Wolfman (spread out over Batman and New Titans) that introduced the third Robin, Wolfman makes sure to directly tie Tim Drake in with Dick Grayson, by having Tim figure out Dick and Bruce’s secret identities and then trying to get Dick to take over as Robin again as Batman is having troubles since Jason died…
Jim Aparo and Tom Grummett did the art for this storyline.
33. “Year 100″ (Batman Year 100 #1-4)
In a Gotham City that is essentially a federal police state, there is little room for honest cops like Jim Gordon (grandson of the famed Commissioner Jim Gordon) but there is even less room for unexplained phenomena – after all, everyone is being constantly monitored – there is no such thing as privacy, no such thing as secrecy. That is, of course, until Batman somehow shows up on the grid. It is unclear if this is the original Batman (since it is so far in the future it certainly seems unlikely) but whatever the case, this Batman is a thorn in the side of a corrupt federal government and writer/artist Paul Pope does an amazing job showing how Batman manages to evade capture while showing how Batman (along with his pair of young helpers, including a young man known as Robin) keeps up his aura of mystery (think fake teeth to make him look demonic)…
Go to the next page for #32-29!