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    I've been on a bit of a Batman comic kick as of late. I've been sticking to short self-contained stories which I prefer to over-long ongoing stories that span over 50 issues with tons of crossover issues.

    About a week or two ago I finished Joker:



    Pretty interesting and twisted Joker story. It does bring up an issue I have with the character that the Joker shouldn't be alive. If Batman doesn't kill him, then why the hell has no one else attempted it? Surely the insanity defense can't save him every time. And if so, surely the government could form a hit squad to take him out. Anyway, great fucked up Joker story.

    Yesterday I finished The Man Who Laughs:



    This one was great. Perfect followup to Killing Joke and Year One. And I'm hoping to check out Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth sometime tonight. Are there any really good Two Face stories to check out? And anything involving Bane (my personal favorite Batman Villain) outside of the Knightfall saga?
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    One of my favorite Batman stories that I rarely see mentioned IIRC was titled "The Many Deaths of Batman" I think it ran 3 or so issues. I know the first issue was almost silent. Pretty sure Gordon said the only words.

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    I finished Arkham Asylum: a Serious House on Serious Earth.



    HOLY FUCKING SHIT! This was fucking amazing. The greatest comic I've ever read ever. Stunning in every conceivable way. I even picked the perfect background music, Boyd Rice. I fear that the next few comics I will read, which will be The Black Mirror and The Long Halloween, are not going to measure up to this experience. But I look forward to reading them regardless.

    Is there anything else like A Serious House on Serious Earth not necessarily Batman-related would you guys recommend?
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    Awesome, love tge b cover art.

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    Tried to read Black Mirror and just couldn't get into it. It doesn't help that I'm not a big fan of Dick Grayson either. Going to check out Long Halloween later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex K. View Post
    I finished Arkham Asylum: a Serious House on Serious Earth.



    HOLY FUCKING SHIT! This was fucking amazing. The greatest comic I've ever read ever. Stunning in every conceivable way. I even picked the perfect background music, Boyd Rice. I fear that the next few comics I will read, which will be The Black Mirror and The Long Halloween, are not going to measure up to this experience. But I look forward to reading them regardless.

    Is there anything else like A Serious House on Serious Earth not necessarily Batman-related would you guys recommend?
    One of the coolest things McKean ever illustrated was Big Numbers, written by Alan Moore. Worth looking around for it.
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    I looked up Big Numbers. It looks like McKean only illustrated some of the issues and it was never completed. Not an easy to find comic like you said.

    As an aside, I did find League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Moore's run on Supreme and will try to get into that after Long Halloween.
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    I really liked Long Halloween but read it first run and haven't picked it up since so my memory could be a bit foggy here.

    And maybe it was Bill Sienkiewicz who did Big Numbers, not McKean? Either way, it was rad, but yeah, unfinished and hard to find. I think I was confusing it with Violent Cases which he did draw.

    McKean worked with Neil Gaiman on a Black Orchid mini-series for DC in the late 80s that I enjoyed. Most of the Gaiman/McKean stuff is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex K. View Post
    I finished Arkham Asylum: a Serious House on Serious Earth.



    HOLY FUCKING SHIT! This was fucking amazing. The greatest comic I've ever read ever. Stunning in every conceivable way. I even picked the perfect background music, Boyd Rice. I fear that the next few comics I will read, which will be The Black Mirror and The Long Halloween, are not going to measure up to this experience. But I look forward to reading them regardless.

    Is there anything else like A Serious House on Serious Earth not necessarily Batman-related would you guys recommend?
    That's an amazing book. Hard to find a better comic book, imo.

    I'm the only person in the world who loved Frank Miller's ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN. Rather than a dud, I thought it was a clever, blackly comic swipe at the Batman mythos.


    The GOTHAM CENTRAL volumes are amazing: they do something different with the Batman story by focusing instead on the officers/detectives of the Gotham PD, with Batman as a character who's on the sidelines for much of the story.

    The BATMAN RIP run by Grant Morrison was pretty good, and I really liked Morrison's BATMAN, INCORPORATED too.
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    I've seen enough of All Star B&R to know it's terrible. WTF happened to Miller? After Sin City the dude seemed to have lost his mind.
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