My Slightly Geeky Obsession: Part 2
A Journey into the Batman Graphic Novels
By Geeky Gem
Right so when we last meet I told you that over the last few months I have lost many weeks of my life to the adventures of the Dark Knight. I think I mentioned I hadn’t read any of graphics novels. I know hang my head in shame. Anyway when my friend Mr Hmsbeefnuts found out he gave me a list of a few I must read. Now I am trying to get my hands on a few he told me to read but they are proving tricky. Not long after this another friend (Kelvin) again outraged at my lack of reading gave not one but 4 lists of things I have to read and so my journey began.
Now the reason I was given these lists is at first all I wanted to do was read Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison, however I ended up with Arkham Asylum: Madness by Sam Keith. Not that it isn’t a good read it is, but I wanted the Grant Morrison one. Which I have now read and I very much enjoyed it. The art in the novel is mind-blowing and that was it I am now hooked. Now being the geek that I am I have been keeping track of the ones I have read on this really handy website.
So far I have read (in no real order):
Arkham Asylum: Madness
A Tale of Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
The Killing Joke
Under The Red Hood Volume 1
Streets of Gotham Volumes 1 – 3
Batman Adventures: Mad Love
Batman: Year One
Batman and Son
Batman and Robin Volumes 1 and 2
The Man Who Laughs
Battle for the Cowl
Booster Gold: Day of Death (This is a Batman cross over)
Superman/Batman Volumes 1 and 2
Now I know that is only 20 titles in the vast world of Batman and I have a long way to go but keep in mind I have read these in a two month period if that. So far I have been lucky and not found one I don’t like. I am so glad I started reading them they are so rich and full of wonderful art and stories. So far I have read stories by Paul Dini, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore and Frank Miller to name a few. All of whom are fantastic and I have so much more to read and I can’t wait. As a friend pointed out as I am not reading them in order of the events there are bits in my knowledge that are missing but will soon be filled up when I get to the ones that make sense. So as the back story of the Dark Knight grows I can’t wait to see what else I am missing and what the lists my friends give me bring.
Next time we meet I shall regale you with the tale of the Batman Video Games.