What are the best Batman comics to start with?

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    #1Batman: Year One

    Batman: Year One

    The ultimate story about the origin of Batman by Frank Miller and David Mazucchelli made in 1986. This new revision of the origin of one of the most seminal superheroes of all time has never been topped and shows the fantastic storytelling of both Miller and Mazzucchelli.

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    Willie Morales
    Written on April 15, 2019
    "The Batman Year One comic is the best comic to start with as it tells the story of Bruce Wayne in his first year as a vigilante after training for years to become one. This is also where we see him and James Gordon cross paths and sets the stage for their eventual partnership."
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    #2Batman: The Long Halloween

    Batman: The Long Halloween
    Batman: The Long Halloween is a graphic novel created by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. The story follows Batman during the early years of his career fighting crime and facing off against a mysterious killer that kills during the holidays.
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    Mick Fang
    Written on April 15, 2019
    "This is one of the first cases that Batman worked on during his early career when we see him take on more villains from the petty criminals that he has dealt with so far. This is also the story where we see Harvey Dent transform into Two-Face."
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    #3Batman: The Killing Joke

    Batman: The Killing Joke

    Alan Moore and Brian Bolland brought us in 1988 a revisitation of the Joker's origin in one of the most remembered graphic novels of the character. In the Killing Joke, Moore shows us Joker like a psychopath with no remorse and salvation. 

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    Justin Morris
    Written on April 15, 2019
    "If there is one comic that truly encapsulates the dark and complex relationship between Batman and the Joker, it would be The Killing Joke. Many consider this comic as one of the best story tackling their relation and for good reason. It goes deep and psychological. "
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    #4Batman: A Death in the Family

    Batman: A Death in the Family

    As the second person to assume the role of Batman's sidekick, Jason Todd had a completely different personality than the original Robin. Rash and prone to ignore Batman's instructions, Jason was always quick to act without regard to consequences

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    Justin Morris
    Written on April 15, 2019
    "This is a good story to understand how Batman went from being a lone operator to having a sidekick of his own and how a tragedy that led to the death of Robin has affected him as a person and as a crime-fighting vigilante overall."
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    #5Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth

    Batman: Arkham Asylum -  A Serious House on Serious Earth

    The inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over Gotham's detention center for the criminally insane on April Fool's Day, demanding Batman in exchange for their hostages. Batman is forced to endure the personal hells of sworn enemies in order to save the innocents and retake the prison.

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    Liu Hou
    Written on April 15, 2019
    "The most dangerous place in Gotham City, even for Batman, and he has to dive deep into its belly to stop Joker's rebellion. We get to see him deal with all the villains that he has to put away inside the institution once again and it affects his psyche."
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    #6Batman: The Man Who Laughs

    Batman: The Man Who Laughs

    A mysterious homicidal maniac is murdering prominent citizens of Gotham City, each time leaving a ghastly grin on the victims' lifeless faces. Batman soon tracks down the killer: The Joker!

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    Jonathan May
    Written on April 15, 2019
    "This story depicts the first encounters the Batman had with the Joker and nicely sets the stage for what would be the Caped Crusader's biggest foe and nemesis. You can consider story somewhat of a Batman origin story as far their relationship is concerned."
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    #7Batman: Fear Itself

    Batman: Fear Itself

    Batman: Fear Itself is written by Micahel Reaves and Steven Elliott Altman as the third installment in the Batman (Del Rey) series. This Batman prose novel is published in 2007 by Random House Publishing Group.

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    Wayne Arnold
    Written on April 15, 2019
    "A story about another main supervillain foe of Batman in the form of Scarecrow with his drug that not only induces people's deepest fears but also of the Caped Crusader's. We get someone who's just as good in bringing out the fear in other just as well as he does."
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    #8Batman: Earth One

    Batman: Earth One

    Batman: Earth One is graphic novel written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by artist Gary Frank and Brad Anderson. This comic book was originally published in July 2012 by DC Comics.

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    Tian Ye
    Written on April 15, 2019
    "There have been many attempts at retelling and reinventing the Dark Knight's mythos and this comic does quite an admirable job at transitioning towards something different but at the same time, still be acceptable and believable to the reader."

Summary

Best What are the best Batman comics to start with
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Batman: Year OneBooks 16 Paid
2Batman: The Long HalloweenBooks 15 Paid
3Batman: The Killing JokeBooks 8 Paid
4Batman: A Death in the FamilyBooks 3 Paid
5Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious EarthBooks 3 Paid
6Batman: The Man Who LaughsBooks 2 Paid
7Batman: Fear ItselfBooks 1 Paid
8Batman: Earth OneBooks 1 Paid
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