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75 Greatest Batman Stories: #15-11

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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 #15-11!

Enjoy!

NOTE: Don’t be a jerk about creators in the comments section. If you are not a fan of a particular creator, that’s fine, but be respectful about it. No insulting creators or otherwise being a jerk about creators. I’ll be deleting any comments like that and, depending on how jerky the comment was, banning commenters.

15. “Mad Love” (The Batman Adventures: Mad Love #1)

In this classic one-shot, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm spotlighted their creation, Harley Quinn, with a spotlight and a look at her origin.

Plus, Harley decides that the only way to make Joker really pay attention to her is to kill Batman for him. She seems poised to pull it off, too, when Batman plays upon her fragile psyche (and what he knows of the Joker’s ego)…

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This is an extremely well told story with stunning artwork from the great Timm.

14. “Black Mirror” (Detective Comics #871-881)

Scott Snyder’s first extended Batman story is a twisty tale of Dick Grayson (as Batman) and Commissioner Gordon as they each deal with problems with their past. In Dick’s case, he encounters the daughter of the gangster who killed his parents while Gordon is dealing with the return of his psychologically disturbed son, James (the kid who Batman saved from dying in a fall from the bridge in Batman: Year One). Their intertwined stories make up the 11 issue arc, with short stories combining to form the larger narrative. Snyder is joined by two brilliant artists, Jock (who does the Batman stuff) and Francesco Francavilla (who does the Commissioner Gordon stuff).

One of the most impressive aspects of this story is that Snyder initially was telling the Batman stuff as a main story with the Gordon stuff as a back-up tale and then lost the back-up tales shortly after his run began but still managed to make it all work very well. It is a dark, character-driven work that deals strongly with the idea of whether people can change and how you can always trick yourself into looking past the problems in the people you care about.

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13. No Man’s Land (Batman: No Man’s Land #1, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #83-94, Batman #563-574, Detective Comics #730-741, Azrael: Agent of the Bat #51-61, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #116-126, Robins #67-73, Catwoman #72-77 and Batman Chronicles #16-18)

No Man’s Land was a year-long story that took up practically ALL of the Batman-related titles in 1999. Gotham City was cut off from the rest of the world and devolved into a lawless group of chaos. Luckily for Gotham, Batman and some of Gotham City Police Department’s best and brightest stuck around to fight back and win back the city…

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The story was very well constructed and extremely well-coordinated by the Batman editorial staff, with a series of short stories by a rotating staff of creators. The fact that it all made sense was a real testament to editorial.

Go to the next page for #12-11!

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Court of Owls is top 5 imo and should be at least top 10 but I’m not surprised that it’s not since the old school people voting have probably never read it.

I’m pretty stunned that MAD LOVE didn’t make the Top 10. It was my #3 choice.

So far only four of my choice have made it (Autobiography of Bruce Wayne, To Kill a Legend, and the first Joker story were the other three). Of my remaining six, I’m pretty sure that three of them will be in the Top 10.

I’m pretty stunned that COURT OF OWLS didn’t make the Top 10. It was my #3 choice.

Mad Love was my #1. I think it may actually be my favorite single comic on some days.

On another day, it would’ve easily been my #1 as well. I certainly wouldn’t debate much with anyone who picked it as their first choice.

I’ve never read it, but Mad Love looks really good. You can always count on Dini.

Black Mirror was very good. It didn’t make my Top Ten but it was one of the stories that made me glad I got back into comics in 2011.

No Man’s Land had some good chapters.

Death in the Family had Aparo art.

Uh, The Court of Owls had guys dressed like owls. I like owls.

For a guy who doesn’t draw a lot of comics, holy crap is Bruce Timm good.

Parts of No Man’s Land are so, so good. Parts of No Man’s Land are so, so bad. I think it came at a weird time for the bat-books, after they had just fired all of the writers that had been on the books for years. There’s an Alan Grant interview floating around that details the political nightmare between the Bat-writers and editors at this time, I think No Man’s Land might have been the editors attempt to do a cross-over “their way.” This is why you get people writing and drawing the coveted mainline Bat-titles during this time that you would never hear from again, it felt like the editors were just pulling whoever they could to fill the schedule at times.

The Bob Gale and Greg Rucka chapters are pretty good though, and the initial special excerpted here is one of my favorite Bat-comics. But for something that surely required a lot of coordination to work out, I still don’t know why Bruce left Gotham to rot for six months (which I think was Alan Grant’s main issue with the story), or why he didn’t use some of his money to rebuild Gotham the way Luthor did. Probably the best example of “sounds great in the pitch meeting/writer’s summit/whatever, we’ll work out the details later” I can think of.

Here’s the interview I mentioned: http://ohdannyboy.blogspot.com/2007/01/batman-alan-grant-norm-breyfogle-speak.html

“Mad Love” is the only one I like here. NML had its moments. “Death in the Family” was the weakest point in Starlin’s late 80s run.

Shouldn’t this list be titled “most popular Batman stories”?

I’m surprised that Court of Owls didn’t make the Top 10. It was my #3 choice. I guess all the old school voters never read it. I like Mad Love, but imo it receives too much Mad Love from fans. It was a very good one shot about Harley Quinn, but definitely not a top 10 Batman story.

scarletspeed7

July 20, 2014 at 8:15 am

No Man’s Land will forever be my number one batman tale. I don’t think I ever felt that Gotham was as alive in comics as when it was closest to death; the logical interplay between territories worked excellently, and the slowly conquest of Gordon’s Blue Boys always made me feel like things were being accomplished and moving forward through every action of every story. Not to mention the excellence of the Riddler’s one simple moment – he takes one look at Gotham, and unlike every single other Batman character, decides “Hmm, maybe I should, like, NOT focus my efforts on the destroyed city full of raving lunatics.”

InformationGeek

July 20, 2014 at 8:17 am

Ah yeah. Four out of five of these comics I just love so much and three of them are in my top ten favorite Batman stories.

Can’t believe I forgot about No Man’s Land. I figured it wouldn’t show up being this far in, but what a pleasant surprise!

Mad Love is a mixed bag for me for this list. I’m sure people get sick of hearing this, but it really is a Harlequin/Joker story more so than a Batman story (Batman simply is the connective tissue for the motivations of Joker/Harley). That said, it’s also exceptionally well done and one of my favorite villain pieces, so I get why people voted for it.

Death in the Family is one of those that I think has suffered over time. The politics in it weigh it down and age the story, and some of it seems just silly (Joker becoming a UN ambassador with immunity with no issues, for example). I suppose it did a lot to re-establish the character as the main arch-nemesis along with another story, but looking back on that, there were probably a lot of better ways to get there (and I liked the Starlin/Aparo run a lot). I get the placement; I’m just not sure it holds up as well as some others.

I love Mad Love haha, not so much the others (though I haven’t read Dark Mirror).
No Man’s Land was actually where I stopped reading Batbooks with any regularity. The idea of cutting off Gotham, denying any aid, etc. was so totally ludicrous in terms of the way disaster situations work (and even after the debates over hurricane aid last year it still looks so) that it felt ludicrously heavyhanded (“How can we make this book grimmer? Wait, I have an idea!”).
Court of Owls is creepy and eerie, but the Court never seemed to have any sort of agenda other than lurking and being sinister and secret.
Death in the Family was a gimmick story, though it was well executed.

Mad Love is the great here. It was my #4 behind #2batman Nobody Knows and #3Autobiography of Bruce Wayne and one other sure to come. I also had Joker’s fiveway revenge which I woul have guessed after the other polls would have been in top 5.

So without naming them I come up 11 classic stories left Looking at the choices sadly probably becuase of age it llke “Man behind the Red Hood” will be odd story out, if it doesn’t make it three “homages” or progeny do.

A lot here I don’t really like… plus Mad Love.

ML is one of the only great comics that *also* brings a great other-media adaptation immediately to mind. When I read it, I head every line in my mind with the voice acting from B:TAS.

I’m surprised that Court of Owls didn’t make the Top 10. It’s #3 on my list. I guess a lot of the old school voters never read it.

They read it.

it shouldn’t surprise people that the greatest/favorite stories are from the last 35 years, and not the first 40.

my favorite sitcom isnt from 1958 or 1985.

Can’t wait to see where Hush falls!

Jacob I can’t hear Harley as anyone but Arlene Sorkin.

@Fraser re: Harley’s voice – that is one of the truest statements ever said. When Sorkin put her stamp on that character she branded it in!

I regret not voting to save Robin (Jason Todd) but the writers had really turned him into an obnoxious punk who showed no signs of turning around; I would have voted to save the well-written Doug Moench (sp?) Jason/Robin who was a much better character. I also; don’t understand how Batman could have ever taken on another Robin after what happened to Jason.

I love Black Mirror, but can honestly say it doesn’t earn such high placement in the pantheon of great Batman stories. Top 75? Absolutely. Even top 50, maybe top 30. But not top 15.

Mad Love deserves Top 10 in this or any era. One of the best COMICS of all time, not just Batman comics.

I’m having a hard time time thinking of what the top ten is going to consist of. 3 of them should be obvious, but what’s left? I’m thinking it may end up being wall-to-wall Grant Morrison stories comprising his entire run to fill the rest lol.

At this Point, Grant Morrisson really has dominated this list. Nearly his entire run is on this list so far, which is damn impressive.

Of my top ten, the only ones that haven’t appeared are Batman R.I.P., Year One, and the Joe-Kelly retelling of “The Origin of the Batman-Superman team up.”

I have no doubt the first two will be on the list, but it’s shame that the Batman/Superman Annual didn’t make it. Without a doubt, it’s the funniest Batman Story I’ve ever read. Where else are you going to get Batman, Superman, Lois Lane, Deathstroke, Ultraman, Owlman, and De**Po- all together in wacky high seas hijinks?

All of Morrison’s run has already appeared. And all of Snyder’s run as well. Black Mirror is the only genuinely great thing Snyder wrote.

Strange Apparitions hasn’t appeared in, so yay for it being top 10.

Well, there will be two Morrison’s stories.

interesting for was expecting death in the family to be part of the top ten mostly because it showed that fans if given the choice to get rid of a hated character like jason they would take the chance plus it also changed batman mentaly. black mirror found it interesting over dick as batman having to deal with the daughter of the man who whacked his parents not to mention gordon being shown how helpless he is trying to help his metaly disturbed son james who is as nuts and scary as the joker. mad love nice to see it on the list. for harley quin added some nice fresh air to the bat rogues. court of owls interesting for not only did scott indroduce a batman starting again but also like dr. hurt playing mind games with batman that the head talon could be bruces long lost brother. not to mention creating a new set of rogues that seem to be batmans new white whale trying to get .

I’ll go against the crowd here. Mad Love was okay, but I really don’t see why it gets so much love. That said, Bruce Timm’s art is great.

I enjoyed the stunt aspect of A Death in the Family (though I’d have voted to keep him alive) but as a story it really doesn’t stand up.

I haven’t started on Snyder’s Batman yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

Mad Love and Black Mirror made my list. Sadly enough I’ve never read No Mans Land. Just seemed to cost to much. Death In the Family is a solid enough book. Court of Owls was great.

my son's name is Wolvie

July 20, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Where is “Dark knight, dark city” ranked?

I figured a lot of people would vote for it, but I never dreamed that Batman/Spawn would end up in the top 10! How exciting.

In all seriousness, though, I think I can figure out enough of the remaining entries that I can bemoan the overlooking of Sam Hamm’s 3-parter in Detective, Morrison’s story with El Gaucho and Batwoman, and Goodwin/Simonson’s “Manhunter” team-up “Gotterdammerung!” Those are all great stories, although it’s understandable that they would be overshadowed by (very good) perennially in print juggernauts.

A resounding yes for Mad Love! Of course I voted for it. I think it’s about as perfect a comic as you’re ever likely to find. Perfect pacing, genuinely funny humor, thrilling action sequences…all of the story elements on display are expertly balanced. The character voices are pitch perfect. When I read this, it’s impossible to not hear Sorkin, Hamill, etc. Bruce Timm’s art is basically flawless. His style is deceptively simple compared to someone like Jim Lee, but his clean, fluid lines and economic character designs allow for a vast array of emotion. His work in this is some of the most expressive character work I’ve ever seen in a comic. I really have to applaud the tone as well. Dini and Timm could have taken advantage of the format and made a much more mature story here since they didn’t have network standards and practices looking over their shoulders, yet they wisely chose to largely stick to the tone already established in The Animated Series. The tone here is a bit more mature than TAS typically was, yet the story is only better for it.

I’m really surprised to see Court of Owls so high up here. I really enjoyed it, but I thought the ending was flat and would have benefited from less monologue. Despite the ending, I can definitely see why people would like this story so much. The idea that Gotham is a city of secrets, some that even Bruce doesn’t know about, is one I really like and is something I hope is explored further. The issue where Batman is stuck in the maze (#5) is a fantastic issue, and the following issue where he finally gets free is a good one as well.

I voted for The Black Mirror. Loved it from start to finish. It’s the one Batman story that Snyder’s stuck the landing on, and it was one heck of an ending. Snyder laid some exciting groundwork here: this story more than any other felt like Dick’s formative Batman story, the reversal of the Batman/Joker dynamic was clever and brimming with potential, and the relationship between Jim Sr. and Jr. was heartbreaking. Jock and especially Francavilla turned in some wonderful art, with the latter’s palette bringing home the doleful tone of the story of the Gordons. DC squandered so much potential here when they rebooted with the New 52. A real shame.

How did Court of Owls beat Black Mirror? That’s criminal. Black Mirror has SUCH better writing. Scott Snyder’s best Batman, without doubt. That story gives me chills. Court of Owls got way too bloated, imo.

You left out the best part of Death in the Family: Joker as an ambassador for Iran

Of course Dini/Timm’s vocal cast was overall awesome. They were groundbreaking in choosing voice actors who weren’t established cartoon actors but weren’t picked just because they were names everyone would recognize either.
There’s one episode with R’as that I really didn’t care for but it’s worth watching just to hear David Warner give the Head of the Demon his voice.

Mad Love is incredible.

I disagree with the notion that Black Mirror is better than Court of Owls. Black Mirror is kind of jumbled and I hated that James Jr. became a sociopath. Court of Owls was compelling at every turn and didn’t need to bring back a previously benign character to be a villain. I mean, both are good stories in their own way (I like the collector guy in Black Mirror), but I definitely prefer Court of Owls.

Seriously?! Court of Owls placed higher than No Man’s Land?

– Always loved Mad Love — both the original comic and the animated adaptation/episode from Batman: TAS.

— Death of Jason Todd — may have been an insane stunt but it was still a great tragedy. Of course, it was later reversed by the Red Hood/return of Jason Todd storyline but it’s still a great story.

I’m an old-schooler and I’ve read Court of Owls. Personally I fail to see the attraction. Decompressed story-telling at its worst.

No Man’s Land is a Top 5 Batman story, and THE best Gotham story. It really is THAT good.

Kind of surprised Death in the Family finished out of the Top 10. On the other hand, totally gobsmacked Mad Love made it to the Top 15! The Dini/Timm generation explains the overwhelming popularity of Harley Quinn for sure. :D

A Horde of Evil Hipsters

July 21, 2014 at 2:52 am

As much as I’ve enjoyed some of Jim Starlin’s other work, “A Death in the Family” kind of annoys me. It’s not that I have particularly strong feelings about Jason Todd or killing off characters as a gimmick, but the whole “using superhero stories to push Reaganite propaganda” thing this period of Batman (see also the KGBeast story) had going is pretty disturbing. “Family” is the main offender here, what with the entire “Iran hires the Joker” thing.

On an unrelated note, @Eric Henry: “Decompressed story-telling” is not the same thing as “long story arcs”. I realise Warren Ellis is the only one who ever used the term properly (I suppose he’s the one who coined it, at that), but this is still a pet peeve of mine.

Mad Love is Top 10 material.

Horde, was that story the one with the “Joker as Iranian ambassador thing?” Because yes, that was awfully stupid.

People keep saying how good No Man’s Land is but the premise is so monumentally dumb in my opinion that I have never been able yo make myself read it. I agree with Alan Grant’s take on it in the interview above. Especially the idea of no other hero being allowed to help.

All of my votes that are going to appear have already done so. Mad Love came close to getting one, though.

NML was the last great Batman story, for me. I have occasionally dipped in to the constant stream of Batcomics published since then, but I never went back to reading all the new issues of the main Bat-books after Denny left. So many awful decisions were made in the next few years: Leslie Thompkins, murderer; Arnold Wesker, murder victim; Jason Todd, resurrectee.

There have been some redeeming moments since, such as Dini’s run, and I expect I would enjoy much of Morrison, but I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the enthusiasm I had in the glory days when we had teams like Grant/Breyfogle, Milligan/Aparo, Dixon/Nolan and the jaw-dropping awesomeness of the early LOTDK

I keep seeing all this love for Alan Grant but he only has 1 story on this top 75 list. So please tell why people constantly say how great he was???

Bill, you should really read “The Black Mirror”. Personally for me it’s the best Batman Snyder has written. Don’t know if that is because of Dick Grayson but yeah, give it a try.

The Top 15!

I’ve read :

Mad Love
No Man’s Land
Death in the Family

I have no idea which stories will make the top ten. I can guess at maybe three of them.

Mad Love is truly top 10 material. It is a masterpiece and possibly the only one I TRULY loved in this list. There is a reason it won an Eisner! Plus the art is beyond fantastic. And its incredibly dark and twisted despite its cartoon appearance. You just cannot help but devour it! Even if its more Harley/Joker over Batman. Batman is still very much a necessary element to the story. Hell, isn’t it ironic? The Joker has a better love story than the caped crusader despite the fact Joker tries to off her so much she STILL manages to survive. Always one step ahead.

Charles J. Baserap

July 21, 2014 at 7:15 am

Court of Owls wasn’t bad, outside of not sticking the landing (a trait of Snyder I hope is bucked with the finales of Zero Year and Wake looming), but I felt it did a disservice to Batman the DETECTIVE as he’s repeatedly made the claims about Gotham being HIS city and how he’s so awesome and yet there’s a secret cabal under his nose for DECADES he only thought was a myth? The dude sniffed out white martians in two issues, finds conspiracies related to one another by looking at a matchstick, and never ONCE suspected the Court was an ACTUAL thing, even as they took up shop in properties he owned? That was the only thing about the Court that really irked me, and while I wouldn’t have put it this high on the list, it would have been there not much lower.

Of course Dini/Timm’s vocal cast was overall awesome. They were groundbreaking in choosing voice actors who weren’t established cartoon actors but weren’t picked just because they were names everyone would recognize either.

Nowadays when I re-read a lot of the classic Batman stories in trade paperbacks or back issues, I often “hear” Mark Hamill as the Joker, Paul Williams as the Penguin, David Warner as Ra’s Al Ghul, George Dzundza as Ventiloquist / Scarface, Richard Moll as Harvey Dent / Two-Face, John Vernon as Ropert Thorne, etc.

Andrea Romano did an absolutely superb job at casting and directing the voice actors for that show, as well as much of the rest of the animated DC Universe.

Mad Love was definitely under consideration, and deserving. I guess I just wasn’t sure it was enough of a Batman story to count. But it is tremendous. And the voice of the AS are the voices of the characters. (Which makes me sad any time they release another movie using others. I’ll never forgive them for Dark Knight Returns not being Conroy’s crowning jewel).

Death in the Family was a big story, but not quite great enough to make my list. I voted for Robin to live.

Might still happen, but I’m not sure NML is better than Cataclysm, in the whole Contagion-Legacy- run. It’s the line of suspension of disbelief in a super hero universe. I can believe an earthquake hits, and Superman isn’t around to stop it. Because it’s instantaneous and Superman can’t save everything. But an in-universe, extended cut off, and nobody flies in to help? Pushing it. But with all those mega-crossovers there were writers with good takes and writers with no so good takes.

Suspension of disbelief….kind of my problem with Court of Owls. I really can’t stand these “bad guys have always been around behind the scenes for X number of years!” (Sometimes thousands). 1. It makes our hero look completely incompetent, and 2. it goes against that suspension of disbelief thing where all this stuff has gone down in Gotham for decades, and they didn’t see the need to make a peep about any of it…until now? It’s up there with the “hero lived a life in an alternate dimension for thousands of years” to take me out of a story immediately. (Like they did with Superman and just did with Captain America). It’s ok if you’re Doctor Who, but I don’t buy a person can be the same person after fighting a war for a thousand years even if he doesn’t age and he gets plopped back into the same time afterwards. Just lazy storytelling to prop up your story to faux-epic proportions.

The Court clearly hadn’t been active for decades.

T:”People keep saying how good No Man’s Land is but the premise is so monumentally dumb in my opinion that I have never been able yo make myself read it. I agree with Alan Grant’s take on it in the interview above. Especially the idea of no other hero being allowed to help.”

I feel the same way. Whenever I try to read it, I just can’t get past the basic set-up.

I just finished Court of Owls. I liked it, but with reservations. I feel like Scott Snyder has taken the formal aspects of how Alan Moore approached superheroes but has missed the deeper purpose of it. I couldn’t tell the reason for all the ret-con in the story because I felt that Batman didn’t need it. And while the Owl was established as a nice foil to Batman, I didn’t see how it advanced his character.

I feel the same way. Whenever I try to read it, I just can’t get past the basic set-up.

I feel in general, modern Batman fans, I’m talking post-Dixon, post-Moench, post-Grant, have the highest tolerance I’ve ever seen among a comic fandom for ridiculous premises, and I mean ridiculous even for superhero comics.

Batman’s an urban legend, despite a Batmobile he openly drives ans a Bat-signal the police shine in the sky? Sure, why not? That works.

No Man’s Land, with Batman threatening other heroes not to help Gotham’s recovery because it’s “his city?” Yeah, why not?

The government abandoning Gotham, Batman quitting for 3 months while villains carve out whole territories, the government forbidding other heroes to assist and those heroes listen, etc? Yeah, great writing. Top 15 story.

Court of Owls, running Gotham for centuries but Batman never had any idea? Brilliant.

I sometimes feel the writers are trolling the fans to see what new ridiculousness they’ll accept. Like Grant, I thought No Man’s Land would be laughed at and regarded as one of those crazy “what were they thinking?” storylines, like Iron Man’s nose or Norman Osborn’s O-face. Little did I realize…

“this story is about the revelation that there has been a secret organization controlling Gotham City from behind the scenes”. Really? If I remember correctly the Court of Owls didn’t control anything at all. They didn’t control drugs, prostitution nor corrupt politicians. Nothing. Actually, they were kinda cool and added, free of charge, extra floors to your buildings.

And they were so pathetically introduced. I mean, you don’t introduce a secret society in your first arc, you do it on your second, while leaving clues during the first arc.

And please, please, let’s not forget one of the worst characterizations of Batman in ages: “I didn’t find the Owls when I was 8 so they don’t exist”. Riiiiiight. Batman is going to trust an investigation he did when he was 8 years old and shocked by the death of his parents.

I keep seeing all this love for Alan Grant but he only has 1 story on this top 75 list. So please tell why people constantly say how great he was???

Partly, his work is largely uncollected so unless you bought the issues you will pretty much only have read his contributions to big crossovers – plus The Last Arkham and Anarky.

Also, Alan Grant has a quirky sense of humour that gets him a lot of fans, but I don’t know how much widespread appeal that has. I like it – but he didn’t get any votes in my top ten.

Agreed totally. Grant’s run on Detective Comics needs to be collected so modern fans can read them, and realise that great stories can be told in one or two issues, and don’t need to drag on for an entire year.

Part of the reason he is underrepresented on this list is because it is the 75 Greatest Batman Stories, not greatest runs. “The Last Arkham” is a neat 4 issue run that is readily identifiable as a single story. It is hard to know which other Grant stories you would. I would be tempted to go with “Fever”, the first Ventriloquist story. Others might go for the first Anarky story or the first Ratcatcher.

I voted for “Identity Crisis” from Batman #455-457 by Alan Grant & Norm Breyfogle. I actually like it much better than “The Last Arkham.” And I agree with Eric Henry, their runs on Detective Comics and Batman deserve the trade paperback treatment.

Standout Grant stories include (some already mentioned, which I’m seconding) Fever, Trash, Ecstasy, the first Cornelius Stirk story (all from Detective, I think) and the Nobody from Shadow of the Bat. But the average quality was very, very high. Here was a tough but human Batman, who could still be surprised, amused or shocked. Since I couldn’t vote for them all, I voted for Trash. It was actually recently reprinted in one of the immediately pre-new52 “Retro-active” specials

Why is it that, as we get closer to #1, people get more and more venomous with their opinions? Seriously, it’s a list for FUN. People like these things, so they’re here. It never ceases to amaze me how many people are seemingly just infuriated by people liking things that they don’t like.

“How is (BLANK) higher than (BLANK)?” or “(BLANK) placed? Well, the people who voted for it obviously aren’t real Batman fans/haven’t read enough comics.” Both of these kinds of statements are incredibly egotistical things to say. Every story on this list has a right to be here, because it made people happy. Every creator on this list has a right to be here, because they wrote/drew/edited something that affected people positively. Older does not equal better, nor does newer equal better.

I know I post a comment like this on seemingly every list, but it still blows my mind every time that so many people are so closed-minded about the things they do or don’t like. Take this for what it is: a fun list of things that people like, for the purpose of inspiring discussion about this thing that all of us love (comics, in case anyone forgot) and giving us all a reason to seek out stuff we haven’t read, or to pull out our old copies and reading them again.

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