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Poll: Comic Book Question of the Week VOTING: Favorite Batman Story (459 votes)

A Death in the Family 1%
A Lonely Place of Dying 0%
Arkham Asylum 2%
Batman and Son 1%
Batman Reborn 2%
Batman R.I.P. 6%
Born to Kill 0%
Bruce Wayne: Murderer? 0%
Court of Owls 10%
Death of the Family 4%
Gates of Gotham 0%
Gotham by Gaslight 0%
Heart of Hush 0%
Hush 15%
Knightfall 5%
Mad Love 0%
No Man's Land 4%
The Black Glove 0%
The Black Mirror 4%
The Dark Knight Returns 9%
The Killing Joke 11%
The Long Halloween 8%
Tower of Babel 1%
Under the Red Hood 5%
Year One 8%
Other (Please Specify Below) 3%

DC's legendary character has been at the center of countless excellent stories. Over the years, dozens upon dozens of talented writers and artists have spent some time with the Dark Knight, producing superb tales which are widely loved and often considered classics.

There's always so much to recommend when it comes to Batman's "must read" stories, but this week, we want to know which one is your personal favorite and why. We have quite a few on the list, but it's unrealistic to think we could get everything. So, in the event your top read isn't on the poll, vote "Other" and be sure to specify what it is in your post.

The poll will stay open until Thursday morning (ET). Once the poll is locked, a new article will go live with the results and more. If you want to go the extra mile, go ahead and get your elaboration on. Tell us why a certain story is so special to you and maybe this will motivate one of your fellow Viners to give the book a read. Check the homepage Thursday to see the results and more!

#1 Edited by 14NC3 (1748 posts) - - Show Bio

S**T. I got mixed up and voted for death in the family when I meant to vote for death of the family :( Anyways, I wanted to vote for that because the plot was amazing, as was the art and because the Joker was frickin awesome in it. I loved all the tie-ins that I managed to read as well. Hush is a very close second and the killing joke is third.

#2 Edited by Extremis (3344 posts) - - Show Bio

I know its new and it's not considered a classic (yet), but Court of Owls is my favorite.

#3 Edited by The_Tree (7250 posts) - - Show Bio

Definitely RIP. It's genius in every sense of the word.

#4 Posted by Mucklefluga (2544 posts) - - Show Bio

Jeeez this is really hard.

#5 Posted by patrat18 (9446 posts) - - Show Bio

DOF.

#6 Posted by Saren (25571 posts) - - Show Bio

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#7 Posted by Cap10nate (2208 posts) - - Show Bio

I voted Year One. Long Halloween and Hush are up there as well for me.

#8 Posted by Mucklefluga (2544 posts) - - Show Bio

I wish I could just say Morrison's whole run :/

#9 Edited by ThomasElliot (362 posts) - - Show Bio

I love the 'classics'... I tend to re-read Dark Knight Returns for the heck of it every couple of years... but R.I.P. (and its connected arcs like Black Glove) is the one story arc that not only did I read and re-read, but was scouring the internet for explanations, opinions and insight. It took my interaction with a comic book to a whole other level. Many of these comic blogs that I peruse now on a daily basis is BECAUSE of R.I.P.!

Some people hate that and that's ok. Some people say you shouldn't have to do a Google search to understand some points of a story and I get that... but I personally found it entertaining and engaging and ultimately, you don't have to do all that to understand R.I.P.

And for reference, I've been collecting Batman since I was a kid... beginning around the Year Three story arc.

#10 Posted by AllStarSuperman (21372 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm gonna read more before I vote

#11 Posted by Mucklefluga (2544 posts) - - Show Bio

Perhaps everyone would say Zero Year if you asked a few months later

#12 Posted by CommanderShiro (175 posts) - - Show Bio

Voted for The Long Halloween

#13 Posted by Lvenger (19094 posts) - - Show Bio

It's a toss up between RIP and Killing Joke. Oh what the hell, I've actually read RIP first hand so I may as well vote for that. But for me, RIP and Killing Joke are the two best Batman stories ever.

#14 Posted by leokearon (1782 posts) - - Show Bio
#15 Edited by G_Money_Christmas (882 posts) - - Show Bio

The Dark Knight Returns. Under the Red Hood was a close second.

#16 Edited by Zeeguy91 (1103 posts) - - Show Bio

You know what, I was gonna vote Year One, which I really loved, but I ended up voting "Other," and I'm gonna say its a tie between Year One, Prey, Court of Owls, and Tower of Babel.

#17 Posted by G_Money_Christmas (882 posts) - - Show Bio

@14nc3 said:

S**T. I got mixed up and voted for death in the family when I meant to vote for death of the family :( Anyways, I wanted to vote for that because the plot was amazing, as was the art and because the Joker was frickin awesome in it. I loved all the tie-ins that I managed to read as well. Hush is a very close second and the killing joke is third.

I agree on the Joker, how awesome he was. I thought the whole story was awesome all together but I was a little disappointed in the end. I didn't think it was a dramatic enough ending for that awesome story.

#18 Edited by 14NC3 (1748 posts) - - Show Bio

@g_money_christmas said:

@14nc3 said:

S**T. I got mixed up and voted for death in the family when I meant to vote for death of the family :( Anyways, I wanted to vote for that because the plot was amazing, as was the art and because the Joker was frickin awesome in it. I loved all the tie-ins that I managed to read as well. Hush is a very close second and the killing joke is third.

I agree on the Joker, how awesome he was. I thought the whole story was awesome all together but I was a little disappointed in the end. I didn't think it was a dramatic enough ending for that awesome story.

I understand why you'd say and it wasn't bang out amazing but it was satisfying enough for me.

#19 Posted by saoakden (1037 posts) - - Show Bio

This is a really hard question.

#20 Edited by TDK_1997 (14651 posts) - - Show Bio

The fact that Court of Owls has more votes than R.I.P is really sad.

#21 Edited by NoahMcnasty (43 posts) - - Show Bio

how in gods name is R.I.P higher than hush. im guessing the people voting haven't read it.

#22 Posted by Flying_J87 (31 posts) - - Show Bio

Picked "Other." Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader. Close seconds were Long Halloween, Killing Joke, and Black Mirror. And sigh, the love Grant Morrison's run gets just baffles me. Overly convoluted, weird for the sake of being weird, disjointed as hell, and frankly just uninteresting IMO.

#23 Edited by MrPrivateStock (7 posts) - - Show Bio

i voted the killing joke because thats one of my favorite batman stories ever written, but i think my true favorite scene that has to do with batman is in Identity Crisis when batman finds zatanna mindwiping doctor light and the lesser JLAers watching her do it, only to be frozen and mindwiped by zatanna as well. this really was the first comic book title to make me cry when i was younger and was influential in how i saw superheroes growing up.

#24 Posted by Lvenger (19094 posts) - - Show Bio

how in gods name is R.I.P higher than hush. im guessing the people voting haven't read it.

If you'd read RIP, you'd see why people think it's higher than Hush. Hush is at best a good story. RIP is analysing, testing and stripping Batman down to his essence with plenty of intelligent themes and plots coming into play. In short, it's an intelligent work of literature that examines the Batman mythology right down to the bone so to speak.

#25 Posted by LCazT1996 (522 posts) - - Show Bio

Hush :)

#26 Edited by Saren (25571 posts) - - Show Bio

how in gods name is R.I.P higher than hush. im guessing the people voting haven't read it.

Hush is fun for new readers, but that's about all it is ultimately.

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#27 Posted by microwave25 (109 posts) - - Show Bio

Hush is so average! And Court of Owls doesn't deserve to be called the greatest Batman story just yet in my opinion.

#28 Edited by War Killer (20105 posts) - - Show Bio

Currently my favorite Batman storyline is...

Second to this I'd have to go with The Court of Owls/The City of Owls storyline.

#29 Edited by fil123 (512 posts) - - Show Bio

toss up between hush and long Halloween for me (RIP trade is actually on it way to my house from amazon as i speak). decided to go with hush because batman revealing his identity to catwoman and beating up superman

#30 Edited by Saren (25571 posts) - - Show Bio

i voted the killing joke because thats one of my favorite batman stories ever written, but i think my true favorite scene that has to do with batman is in Identity Crisis when batman finds zatanna mindwiping doctor light and the lesser JLAers watching her do it, only to be frozen and mindwiped by zatanna as well. this really was the first comic book title to make me cry when i was younger and was influential in how i saw superheroes growing up.

10 years later, I don't think the spoiler block is necessary :)

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#32 Posted by Saren (25571 posts) - - Show Bio

Hush is so average! And Court of Owls doesn't deserve to be called the greatest Batman story just yet in my opinion.

Court of Owls doesn't deserve to be mentioned in a list of the best Batman stories, but it's an accessible, easy to read story and Snyder's the flavor of the season. It'll win.

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#33 Posted by Billy Batson (57914 posts) - - Show Bio

Hush is the sucksorz!
BB

#34 Posted by anthonyhillman (18 posts) - - Show Bio

To me, The Long Halloween is everything a great Batman story should be. A dark detective story, which really gets the reader thinking from the beginning. Batman predominantly taking on mobsters rather than superpowered criminals (though the superpowered criminals do play a crucial role, of course), and providing a fantastic story for Harvey Dent and Two-Face. Quite simply, Batman at its best... though it was a really tight between that and a selection of others which also showcase Batman at his best:

Year One
Hush
The Man Who Laughs
The Black Mirror
The Killing Joke
Dark Victory
The Dark Knight Returns
R.I.P.
Batman & Robin Must Die!
The Court Of Owls

#35 Posted by RustyRoy (11891 posts) - - Show Bio

Too many great choices, too hard to decide, specially between Arkham Asylum, RIP and YO.

#36 Edited by Mulder15 (331 posts) - - Show Bio

How is The Killing Joke being beaten. @_@

#37 Posted by k4tzm4n (39190 posts) - - Show Bio

You know how Battle of the Week has a Viner Argument highlighted for the winner? I think I'll do the same for the question of the week. "Viner Post of the Week For..." could be fun.

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#38 Posted by SynCig (410 posts) - - Show Bio

This was extremely difficult for me. I ended up going with the easy answer of Year One but Court of Owls, Hush, The Long Halloween, and The Black Mirror were all under consideration for me. I ultimately went with Year One because it is one of the books that I pick up and reread quite regularly. Court of Owls may become that as well because I have already reread that one just a couple months ago. In the end, no matter the answer given, there are a lot of great Batman stories by great writers. I am lucky to be able to read such wonderful writing for my favorite character.

#39 Edited by TheAmazingImmortalMan (2873 posts) - - Show Bio

I chose Under the red Hood but Hush is a close second for me.

#40 Edited by MrPrivateStock (7 posts) - - Show Bio

@citizenbane: true but eh, i know if i was just getting into comics now, i'd appreciate having the option to not have a crucial part of any story arc spoiled

#41 Edited by Saren (25571 posts) - - Show Bio
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#42 Posted by SynCig (410 posts) - - Show Bio

@fil123: Good pick. My favorite aspects of Hush are absolutely Batman's relationship with Catwoman. It was done so well.

#43 Posted by kingdomenic (159 posts) - - Show Bio

The Many Deaths of Batman: Batman 433-435. There's some cool stuff in these issues.

And people need to stop voting for RIP. Like now.

#44 Edited by ReachDestroyer (51 posts) - - Show Bio

When you understand who Batman is, and truly LOVE (yeah I went there) the character you are ready to read Grant Morrison's run. Until then, you can have your Scott Snyder and Hush.

As for the poll, I'll be voting for RIP as a representative for the whole of Grant Morrison's run.

#45 Posted by Wolverine08 (40708 posts) - - Show Bio

Year One.

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#46 Posted by ULTRAstarkiller (6097 posts) - - Show Bio

Hush. Also I notice Nightwing is not in Batman's cape.

#47 Posted by anthonyhillman (18 posts) - - Show Bio
#48 Posted by impossibilly (885 posts) - - Show Bio

Year One. I read it again recently. It still holds up.

#49 Posted by Darklexeus (39 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm surprised there aren't more votes for No Man's Land, that's the one I picked because of how well it developed the characters in Gotham, especially the villains with how they controlled different areas. Penguin was really amazing in it.

#50 Posted by clemj (817 posts) - - Show Bio

the killing joke or the dar knight returns... respect the classics