For as long as I can remember, my favourite super hero has been Batman, or The Batman, or the Caped Crusader, etc. Yet, it was mostly television and film that influenced my appreciation of the character. Not that I haven't read any of the comics, I have, but not nearly as many as I'd have liked.
In 2012, I will do my darndest to discover, really discover, Batman in all his comic book and graphic novel glory. From his earliest days in DC's Detective Comics, to the most recent, majestically drawn graphic novels, I want to know it all.
Why 2012? For simple reasons, some rather obvious, other more personal. I merely like the idea of giving myself exactly a year to read as much as I can. Also, new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises
, comes out next year, so this marathon can tie into that. A more practical reason is that it gives me a couple months for me to actually gather some info on where to begin, which stories and authors are the essentials that I simply cannot miss, and maybe most importantly, info from any Filmspotting Batman fans. What are some of the stories that, according to you
, should not be overlooked? As we get closer to 2012, I'll post a pseudo-lineup of what stories shall be read next year. To the best of my abilities I shall post reviews of all those stories in this thread. I say to the best of my abilities since I have zero experience in reviewing books, let alone comic books.
Last but certainly not least, if Filmspotters whish to join along, nothing would make me happier. Any input, positive or negative, is more than welcome.