The Joker comes back to Gotham City with a plot to kidnap Selina KyleÑBruce WayneÕs girlfriendÑand restore her to her true selfÉCatwoman! The revitalized femme fatale is just the beginning of the rogues returning to plague Batman and Robin; on her heels follow the Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter and Two-Face. Writer Mike W. Barr (Batman and the Outsiders) and the dynamic art duo of Alan Davis (Justice League of America: The Nail) and Paul Neary (The Authority) present Batman: The Dark Knight Detective Vol. 1. Collects Detective Comics #568-574 and #579-582! DonÕt miss out on the companion series, Batman: The Caped Crusader.
"In these stories that immediately followed BATMAN: YEAR ONE, the Caped Crusader learns what kind of compromises he must make to be the hero that Gotham City truly needs. As he battles against the deadly Reaper, the city's first vigilante hero, Batman must work with the man who murdered his parents and a cadre of mob bosses to protect Gotham City."--
The streets of Gotham City seemingly get darker and more twisted as each night passes over the city, if it werenÕt for the one beacon of hope fighting against the darknessÑBatman. With a never-ending stream of villains stalking the city, can the Dark Knight hold the darkness back? While the Ventriloquist is peddling a new designer drug called Fever, Batman sets his sights on cleaning up the streets and silencing the gangsterÕs dummy. As the fever breaks, rats swarm out of the sewers, marching to the commands of the mysterious Ratcatcher. Plus, can the Dark Knight survive the touch of the villainous Corrosive Man? Writers Alan Grant (Batman: Shadow of the Bat) and John Wagner (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight) and legendary Batman artist Norm Breyfogle (Detective Comics), present Batman: The Dark Knight Detective Vol. 2, collecting Detective Comics #583-591 and Detective Comics Annual #1!
Batman must confront the evil that he is responsible for creating and personal demons that have haunted him since that fateful night in Crime Alley. Plus, the Dark Knight Detective usually works alone, but the threat of mass murder in the financial district forces him to team up with a bizarre private eye. Then, movies of death are being filmed in Gotham-and Batman may be the next star. This and more iconic stories from the late 1980s! Collecting Detective Comics #592-600.
Batman has been one of the world’s most beloved superheroes since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Clad in his dark cowl and cape, he has captured the imagination of millions with his single-minded mission to create a better world for the people of Gotham City by fighting crime, making use of expert detective skills, high-tech crime-fighting gadgets, and an extensive network of sidekicks and partners. But why has this self-made hero enjoyed such enduring popularity? And why are his choices so often the subject of intense debate among his fans and philosophers alike? Batman and Ethics goes behind the mask to shed new light on the complexities and contradictions of the Dark Knight’s moral code. From the logic behind his aversion to killing to the moral status of vigilantism and his use of torture in pursuit of justice (or perhaps revenge), Batman’s ethical precepts are compelling but often inconsistent and controversial. Philosopher and pop culture expert Mark D. White uses the tools of moral philosophy to track Batman’s most striking ethical dilemmas and decisions across his most prominent storylines from the early 1970s through the launch of the New 52, and suggests how understanding the mercurial moral character of the caped crusader might help us reconcile our own. A thought-provoking and entertaining journey through four decades of Batman’s struggles and triumphs in time for the franchise’s 80th anniversary, Batman and Ethics is a perfect gateway into the complex questions of moral philosophy through a focused character study of this most famous of fictional superheroes.
Alfred Pennyworth...attacked at Wayne manor! Who’s hunting those closest to Batman? Commissioner Gordon calls in the Dark Knight Detective when there’s a murder at the Gotham City Aquarium-staged to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne’s crime scene, right down to the playbill and pearls. How does this bizarre homicide tie into the shadowy monster that attacks Dr. Leslie Thompkins? This creature looks to wage a war on Batman-and it’s using Joker gas to do it! Collects Detective Comics #994-999.
American popular culture has produced few heroic figures as famous and enduring as that of the Batman. The dark, mysterious hero who debuted in 1939Õs DETECTIVE COMICS #27 as the lone ÒBat-manÓ quickly grew into the legend of the Caped Crusader. After his landmark debut and origin story the Dark Knight was given many seminal elements including his partner in crime-fighting Robin, the Boy Wonder, and such adversaries as the Joker, Hugo Strange and Catwoman. BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE VOLUME ONE collects all of the Dark Knight DetectiveÕs first-ever adventures from DETECTIVE COMICS #27-45, BATMAN #1-3 and NEW YORK WORLDÕS FAIR COMICS #2.
American popular culture has produced few heroic figures as famous and enduring as that of the Batman. The dark, mysterious hero who debuted in 1939’s DETECTIVE COMICS #27 as the lone “Bat-man” quickly grew into the legend of the Caped Crusader. After his landmark debut and origin story, the Dark Knight was given many seminal elements, including his partner in crime-fighting Robin, the Boy Wonder, and such adversaries as the Joker, Two-Face and the Scarecrow. This fourth volume of BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE collects the Dark Knight Detective’s adventures from BATMAN #12-15, DETECTIVE COMICS #66-74 and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #7-9.
Often credited with revitalizing the Dark Knight in the 1980's, Norm Breyfogle's Batman was known for his signature dynamic style. Collected here for the first time are some of the Bat's most seminal moments-from the first appearances of Ratcatcher, the Ventriloquist and Cornelius Stirk to an epic battle against all four Clayfaces, all drawn with Breyfogle's always dramatic style. Written by comics greats Alan Grant (BATMAN: ANARKY), John Wagner (JUDGE DREDD) and more, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: NORM BREYFOGLE collects DETECTIVE COMICS #579, #582-594, #601-607 and stories from BATMAN ANNUAL #11-12.