So, you’ve decided to start reading Batman comics, eh? Great! Welcome to the Bat-family! I’m sure you’re curious about what to read first, though, right? There’s a lot of Batman out there, and it can be overwhelming if you’re not sure where to start—it definitely was for me back when I picked up my first Batman book. But don’t worry. I’ve compiled a handy guide for you that features some of the best Bat-stories to introduce you to Batman, Gotham, and just about any other hero and villain that’s met up with the Bat throughout his crime-fighting career.
Just choose one of the following (or all of them—who am I to hold you back?) to get started and see my recommendations based on your interests:
- For those who played the Arkham games and want to read Batman comics
- For those who saw the Dark Knight Trilogy and want to read Batman comics
- For those who are coming in cold (i.e. little to no previous Batman experience— don’t be shy, it’s ok)
- For those looking to learn more about a specific heroic character in the Bat-Family
- For those looking to learn more about a specific villain who has clashed with the Bat
And when you’re done here, head over to Batman 201 for your next set of recommendations!