Hello /co/ i've recently got into Batman and i don't know what comics to buy, this is actually the reason why i'm putting off comics as a hobby because there's so many "universes, timelines, spinoffs and whatnots" that makes it seem impossible to catch up.
I don't know if every comic is related to each other or each comic has its own plot. I guess i'd like to know what are the must haves of Batman comics.
Any help is greatly appreciated! I'm also very interested in Jason Todd's arc, will he be having his own comic as the Red Hood?
Stop giving a shit about continuity, at this point the companies themselves don't even know what's canon and what isn't. Just read the good stuff.
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Comics are one of the best storytelling mediums when done well. Just start reading and all the other meta knowledge and shit will fall into place.
There's really many Batman stories. Try with this, with you being new reader http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Batman_Recommended_Reading
Red Hood comics are... weird. Red Hood and Outlaws becomes dumb readl fast, didn't read Red Hood/Arsenal.
>this is actually the reason why i'm putting off comics as a hobby
Comics are a medium, like film or literature or theater.
What you're describing only applies to mainstream superhero comics from two publishers, Marvel and DC.
Comics look complicated because you are CHOOSING to focus exclusively on the comics that are complicated.
Let me explain some things for you, OP.
Superhero comics are not one long story. You know how with, say, manga, you have to read volumes 1-42 to understand volume 43, or how with a TV show like Game of Thrones, you have to watch the first four seasons to understand season five? That's not what comics are like.
Comics are written in "runs", which usually means just a time where one writer and artist work together for a certain number of issues. For example the current Batman run for the past 46 issues has been Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. You don't need to read any previous run of Batman to understand this run. Everything you need to know is explained in the book itself. You also don't need to read any concurrent comics, as even with crossover events they usually only add EXTRA information, not essential, primary information.
The best comparison is the James Bond movies. Each one is made by different people, features the same character, but is its own standalone story.
So if you want to get "into" Batman, you just should read the recommended runs or graphic novels.
Here's what you should get to start off with:
>The Long Halloween
>The Dark Knight Returns
>The Killing Joke
>Hush (people here will give you shit for it but it's really good for beginners)
Those are all standalone graphic novels. The following are made up of several books, or "trades", that are like volumes in manga:
>Batman by Scott Snyder
>Batman, Batman & Robin, and Batman Inc. by Grant Morrison
Luckily Batman's best stuff is all in standalone graphic novels, so they're easy to collect.
Morrison is one of the few writers who makes use of Batman's ENTIRE history, and his Batman run is relatively complicated. His run is incredible, but not at all for someone new to the character.
Imagine Batman like you do Bond films. For the most part you don't need to have seen prior Bond films to understand any particular one. Except in this case you're going to want to treat writers as the individual films.
Aww, that's cute.
Oh wow that actually helps wonders!
I found a Batman: Year One in a comic book store so i guess i should be getting that one. Are the Detective Comics any good? I think it's already in the 500s was wondering if i should collect them.
I also heard Death in the Family is good?