In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, we make a special mid-week appearance to break down the Batman Day Sale.
Where did the New Releases and Sale pages go?
In case you’re having troubles with the new UIX (a LOT of people have been):
The Batman Day Sale runs through Monday, 9/26.
We understand some people were having trouble getting into the full sale, and we sure haven’t been able to get at it on the desktop version of the site. No worries, we found the link for the full sale. Since there have been some complaints about that, we’re popping in a little earlier to get Batman sorted out and then we’ll be back at the usual time for everything else.
We’re not wild about there being zero sorting options (we’ll update the link if we find another), but it gets roughly alphabetical after a little scrolling. First the collected editions, then the single issues follow.
As is our custom, we’ll start out with the highlights by series, so you can sort through a bit more efficiently, but be warned – there are plenty of minor/stray volumes that didn’t make the highlights
- All-Star Batman ’16 – Scott Snyder’s version
- All-Star Batman & Robin – The Frank Miller/Jim Lee version
- Batman ’40 – ’11 – The original run through Morrison.
- Batman ’11-’16 – The Scott Synder / Greg Capullo run
- Batman ’16 – current – The Tom King / James Tynion IV eras
- Batman ’66 – Volume 4 adapts the lost Harlan Ellison episode outline
- Batman & Robin ’09-’11 – From the Grant Morrison era. ($3.99@)
- Batman and Robin ’11 – ’15 – The Peter Tomasi/Patrick Gleason run
- Batman and Robin Adventures ’95-’97 – Paul Dini and Ty Templeton working in the animated Batman universe, sorta like they’re doing now. First 2 volumes are $3.99
- Batman: Shadow of the Bat – Alan Grant gets his own Bat-book, initially with Norm Breyfogle
- Batman: The Adventures Continue: Paul Dini/Alan Burnett/Ty Templeton returning to the setting of Batman: The Animated Series… and it’s excellent
- Batman: The Dark Knight ’11-14: The David Finch New 52 title with Greg Hurwitz hopping on shortly after
- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Miller’s classic
- Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (original) – Individual arcs from the anthology
- Batman: Universe – Brian Bendis and Nick Derington
- Detective Comics ’37 – ’11 – The original run
- Detective Comics ’11-’16 – New 52 relaunch – Tony Daniel, then Layman/Fabok (early volumes are $3.99)
- Detective Comic ’16 – current – discounts run into the Tomasi run, the James Tynion IV era is $3.99 a pop
- Superman / Batman – $3.99 is a good deal for the thick collections of the Jeph Loeb/Ed McGuiness run
Single Issues (the ones that aren’t all in collected editions and the older ones are all $0.99/issue)
- Batman ’40-’11
- Batman Family
- Batman Chronicles
- Batman Confidential
- Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight
- Detective Comics ’37 – ’11
- Gotham Knights
So what’s good here? It’s Batman, so you can pick your flavor across the decades and zero in on that. Now, preferences aside, a lot of the less recent collections are $3.99, which is pretty low for DC these days.
We’d recommend having a browse through Legends of the Dark Knight, particularly the single issues, most of which haven’t been collected. With a few notable exceptions where it crosses over with a line-wide event, these are all self-contained story arcs. Teams are assembled for the individual story and the quality is pretty high throughout.
We also like the Batman: The Caped Crusader and Batman: The Dark Knight Detective reprint series that collect the mid-80s Batman and Detective runs (and are getting into the 90s). We particularly like the Alan Grant/Norm Breyfogle run that bounces between those books, before ending in Shadow of the Bat. We’ve been reading that in the background for the last couple years and it’s a good time.
We also like $5.99 for the two volumes of the Greg Rucka / Shawn Martinbrough / Rich Burchett Batman: New Gotham. A good run with a unique look.
And for something odd and obscure? Batman Special #1, “The Player on the Other Side” wherein Mike W. Barr and Michael Golden (remember him?) introduce Batman’s opposite number, the original Wraith.