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The Defense: Too Many Batman On-Going Titles?

Does he really need six?

When it comes to comic books, there's a lot to choose from, but when you find that certain character you love, you'll most certainly buy anything that character is involved in. Undoubtedly, one of the biggest comic book heroes to date is DC Comics Batman. Currently, Batman has six on-going books he's a part of, and he also has a few mini-series flying around as well. Not all the books currently feature Dick Grayson as Batman, but the mantle stays the same. There are quite a few to choose from, but are all of them needed?
 
Currently, Batman has 6 on-going titles: Batman, Detective Comics, Batman and Robin, Batman: Streets of Gotham, Superman Batman, and Batman Confidential. That's more comics starring the same character than any other hero at any publisher. Aside from that, he always has at least two mini-series going on at the same time. Does he really need this many books though? In the defense of Batman, I think he does.
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Each comic focuses on aspects within the Dark Knight's life. Take Batman and Robin for instance. As much as this is a super-hero book, it's also a book about father and son relationships. Now, Dick isn't Damien's actual father (Bruce Wayne is), but Dick has grown up a lot in the past year, stepped up, and become that father figure that Damien truly needs. Along the same lines, Superman Batman is much like that. Instead of a father son relationship, we see more of a "brotherly love" relationship. A man who has all the powers in the world, but is emotionally weak teams up with a man with no powers, but emotionally strong. Think of it as a modern day Odd Couple. 
 
There's two other on-going titles that many people seem confused why they exist: Batman: Streets of Gotham and Batman Confidential. Batman: Streets of Gotham, to me, is essentially, "What if Batman The Animated Series kept going, but got darker and more adult?" Paul Dini, who was also a part of Batman: The Animated series, has done an amazing job at keeping this book fresh and a lot of fun to read. The other book that doesn't get enough praise is Batman Confidential. This book does what other Batman books can't do, it tells stories that don't take place in main continuity. Many can argue that Superman Batman does the same thing, but one of the great things Confidential does is retell stories without messing with continuity, like the first time Batman met the Joker, or the first time Bad Cop (terrible name for a character, but a great character none-the-less) was introduced. Be weary though, sometimes the stories can be less than stellar. It all depends on what creative team is on the book.
 
That leaves us with the two big ones, Batman and Detective Comics. As weak as this argument may be, why get rid of them? It usually has the best, most innovative creative teams and the most interesting stories. Both books have been around for more than 70 years, and the majority of Batman stories you remembered, came from one of those two books. 
 
There you have it. Batman may have six ongoing comics currently, but each of them has their own place in the world of Gotham and Batman. What do you think? Is there one of these books that doesn't deserve to be a part of the Batman world? Tell us why!
 
~Mat "InferiorEgo" Elfring is a comedian, teacher, comic book writer, and comic store employee.~
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Posted by Dr. Maxwell

even as a Diehard Dark Knight fan I don't read all six titles, dump Superman-Batman and Confidential and it will be alright.
 
Let's not get started on the Batfamily titles

Posted by simply_me

It doesnt bother me (especially since batman is one of my favorite heroes) but some of the storylines are kind of slow.
Posted by AirDave817

One of the main reasons I stopped reading Batman long ago. When a story is spread out across six to eight or nine Bat-family titles, I call fowl.

Posted by igman51

people shouldnt complain because spidey, x-men and the avengers have many titles as well. batman is a diverse character, he has dealt with metahumans, the cult, and other kinds of criminals....i think a new title should deal with oddities that batman faces..
Posted by cbishop
@AirDave817 said:
"One of the main reasons I stopped reading Batman long ago. When a story is spread out across six to eight or nine Bat-family titles, I call fowl. "

lol annnnnd <rimshot>
Posted by trougedoor122

I personally buy all six, and like that I get to read something Batman every week.

Posted by Ston3face

What's wrong with him having 6?  In my opinion he is the greatest character in comics.

Posted by KevinMcClaran

You can't have to many Batman.

Posted by Video_Martian

I could care less about Batman, all I ever read are The Flash, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman (but mostly Flash).

Posted by MTHarman

Um, this topic should be labeled. 
 
TOO MANY ONGOING AVENGERS TITLES? 
or 
TOO MANY ONGOING X-MEN TITLES? 
 
Batman is awesome (despite if he wet his pants or not), DC has many titles to where Batman isn't a gloryhound anti-social asshole like many of the Avengers ive been seeing lately. Hell, I haven't even hardly noticed and I could careless. 
  
Batman has one huge reputation of complete awesomeness, he's like the Clint Eastwood of comics and its a fact that you can't get enough of Batman.

Posted by GraphicCasualFreak

Six IS too much, I love Batman but this doesn't mean he should have this many titles.  There aren't THAT many people who can write Batman descently. 

Posted by sdtopdog

Remember a time when there was only Batman and Detective!!!

Posted by EisforExtinction

If memory serves he is the god damn Batman.

Posted by danhimself

I could be wrong since I don't read Streets of Gotham, Batman Confidential, or Detective Comics but from what I've seen you don't need to read all of the books since they never crossover anymore...Batman and Robin is self contained and so is Batman and Superman/Batman is all out of continuity stories....so who cares if there's six books....read the ones you like and don't read the ones that you don't like....simple

Posted by jefprice

While he does have a lot, none of them are really about the same thing. Batgirl...IT'S BATGIRL not Batman. B&R? Not Bruce. Etc

Posted by shockwave632

I think Dark Claw should have 20 titles.

Posted by DeadlyWolverine

Dump Superman, I don't like the man of steel.

Posted by Mumbles

batman is the greatest.  tpb only, dont care how many titltes he has. if there good, i'll buy

Posted by inferiorego

I like how there's quite a few people that you can tell didn't actually read past the title of the article, since the whole article is defending why he should have 6 titles.

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Posted by ceniza

He's the godamn Batman.

Maybe wolverine and him should star in a reality comic book called "We can super-manage", showing all of the other lazy super heroes what is really like to have a job in several superhero comic books and comic book teams. 

Like a talk show/comic.

Posted by KJPPPimp

I say they break it down GL style: two main titles, Batman and Detective Comics. I say two instead of one just because the characters and rogues of gotham city have more stories to tell than what one monthly can deliver. The regular Batman series should focus on Batman (be he Bruce Wayne or Dick Grayson) and Robin, much the same way Green Lantern mainly focuses on Hal Jordan and sometimes John Stewart, and helmed by Grant Morrison with the intent of telling his jumbo arc he's been plotting. the series under Daniel has had its moments but it doesn't really feel like he needs a whole other series to show batman kicking ass that could be shown in the flagship title. Detective Comics should work on the same level as Green Lantern Corps in that it focuses on the other major players in Gotham (revamped villains, whatever the hell hush is doing, stuff like that) the stuff that you don't absolutely need to understand what's going on when Batman's fighting whatever pig faced, technicolor villain Morrison throws at him, but would show you that the penguin has been making power moves in Black Masks absence or that last time the Joker ran off he started building a gang. Stories that play into each other but aren't required to read either title. Cuz six a month is breaking my bank.

Posted by Aquamariner
@MTHarman said:
"

Um, this topic should be labeled. 
 
TOO MANY ONGOING AVENGERS TITLES? 
or 
TOO MANY ONGOING X-MEN TITLES? 
 
Batman is awesome (despite if he wet his pants or not), DC has many titles to where Batman isn't a gloryhound anti-social asshole like many of the Avengers ive been seeing lately. Hell, I haven't even hardly noticed and I could careless. 
  
Batman has one huge reputation of complete awesomeness, he's like the Clint Eastwood of comics and its a fact that you can't get enough of Batman.

"
You read my mind! If any there's such a thing as too many titles, then we should be talking X-men first and foremost... or X-anything for that matter! 
 
That being said, i do believe we could totally do without Streets of Gotham and Confidential.... those are just redundant!
Posted by BenYang

I don't really see that much of a need for Batman: Streets of Gotham or Batman: Confidential. Batman: Confidential to me just sounds like a string of mini-series being released, sort of like the main Wolverine title was a few years back. And I don't understand why you can't just merge Streets of Gotham with Detective, they have very similar premises.

Posted by Xion

I really like batman, but i only keep up with Batman, Batman and Robin and streets of gotham so i really dont mind cause i dont read all of the ongoing books

Posted by Bestostero

Wolverine is a big offender of this too, and yes, it is tiresome and gets way too messy with continuity and what not... this happens before this, but after this and during this, but in a different universe which corresponds to that lol yeeaahhhhh...just no lol

Posted by Aspenite

He is the new Deadpool!

Posted by Fabcomics

I think 6 is too much. And you also have Red Robin, Batgirl and Birds of Prey !! That's 9 "Gotham titles" ! 
Why not make one single batman ongoing title, keep Red Robin, Batgirl and BoP, and have some mini-series (but just one at a time !) starring other bat-related caracters or telling "out of continuity" stories ?    
Posted by .Mistress Redhead.
@inferiorego: great article Mat! 
 
and I am following almost all of the titles, you are right each one has a place in Gothams history and relevance.
Posted by the_orange_crush

Great article as you may an argument for each title. Currently, I'm only picking up the main Batman title. I only read Detective Comics when Batwoman was the lead character. And I plan on picking up Batman and Robin. I would pick up the other Batman books, but money is always an issue. With this article though, I may look into them though. Thanks InferiorEgo for making me spend even more money!

Posted by Silver Knight75

It can be difficult to keep track of at times

Posted by DEGRAAF

Yes i think he has to many titles, for sure but luckly i know which ones i need to pick up for the main continuity and the current timeline of the events going on.
Posted by versatilehearts

I read *nearly* every bat, and bat related book every month, and I do so happily. 

Posted by PetarVukobrat

Three is a crowd, but six? It's just too much. I still can't find my way through the load of comics that came out.

Edited by The Devil himself

It's justa way to get even MORE money for those hard core batman fans out there. Of COURSE people are going to buy them. It's Batman, but in diffrent stories at the same time! they don't put it in the main batman comics because 1) It gets them more money 2) It would be really confusing and too much all at once. I think It depends on what kind of stories they each have. What I think is really intersteing is that they don't have diffrent versions of the bat. Like for example, I'd love to see OWLMAN. Have his own series for a little while, battling thejokester (or jetser, red hood) and the reveal what the other villians and heroes would be like if they where swapped consciences'.