Best "Early Batman" Comic Book Stories, Part 3 (of 4) Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (@BATMANONFILM)
Date: June 23, 2017
DC is billing BATMAN writer Tom King’s new storyline – “The War of Jokes and Riddles” (which begins in issue #25) – as it being "in the spirit of YEAR ONE and THE LONG HALLOWEEN."
This means that it’s set in the early years of Batman’s career...and I love me some rookie/young Batman stories!
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BATMAN: THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (2005)
Written by Ed Brubaker with art by Doug Mahnke, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS is a direct sequel to BATMAN: YEAR ONE and is also update of the “The Joker” from BATMAN #1 (vol. 1/1940). It tells the story of Batman’s first meeting with a mysterious and murderous villain known only as “The Joker.”
BATMAN AND THE MONSTER MEN (2006)
Written by Matt Wagner – who also does the art – BATMAN AND THE MONSTER MEN is the first part of Wagner’s “Dark Moon Rising” story featuring Bruce Wayne in his very earliest days as Batman. Continuity-wise, BATMAN AND THE MONSTER MEN and its sequel, BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK, are set between BATMAN: YEAR ONE and BATMAN: THE MAN WHO LAUGHS.
BATMAN AND THE MONSTER MEN is an update on the classic Batman story “The Giants of Hugo Strange” from 1940s BATMAN #1 (vol. 1). It’s the story of Batman’s first encounter with Dr. Hugo Strange who has created “monsters” by genetically altering human beings. Bruce Wayne’s first love interest from the comics – Julie Madison – is reintroduced into Batman continuity for the first time since 1941. Mobster Sal Maroni has a part in this tale which helps tie it into THE LONG HALLOWEEN.
Love this story and I love the entire “Dark Moon Rising” tale. Speaking of which…
BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK (2006-2007) BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK is the second and final part of writer/artist Matt Wagner’s “Dark Moon Rising” series. Like its predecessor, it’s an update of another Golden Age Batman story. In this case, it’s “Batman Versus The Vampire” parts 1 and 2 found in DETECTIVE COMICS #31 and #32 from 1939.
BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK is set after the events of YEAR ONE and MONSTER MEN, but before THE MAN WHO LAUGHS.
In Wagner’s updated version, Batman encounters a cult leader known as “The Monk” who may or may not have supernatural powers. Is The Monk really a vampire? The answer to that question is vague and up to the reader’s interpretation.
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And please, post your favorite "Young Batman" comic book stories in the comments section below! - Bill "Jett" Ramey