Top Five Month (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far) continues with a look at Batman and Detective Comics. We know that both titles have featured a host of cool characters introduced in the first two decades of the existence of Batman, but what about more recently? Who are the top characters of the past two decades to make their debut in the pages of either Detective Comics or Batman?
Find out here!
He is a useful new villain, and those are hard to come by (especially those who aren’t just, like, the NEW Mad Hatter!, or whatever)
I REALLY liked what Greg Rucka did with her as he built her up as Batman’s bodyguard then trainee, but I am less of a fan of her Checkmate years.
That goes double for Allen, who was a GREAT GREAT character in Detective Comics and Gotham Central and is now a bit out of place as the Spectre.
5. Cameron Chase
Our own Greg Burgas makes a good point to note that Cameron Chase should belong on this list, as unlike other Bat-related characters who did NOT debut in Batman or Detective Comics (like Bane or Batwoman), she’s a non-Bat-related character who DID!
4. Stephanie Brown
This was a close call. I thought the idea of a vigilante who specifically messes with her father’s crimes was a cool idea and she became a great supporting cast member in Robin’s title. I like her as Batgirl, but I liked her better as Spoiler, particularly because her being Batgirl means that…
3. Cassandra Cain
can no longer be Batgirl. Cassandra Cain was a unique creation. Although, over the years, a lot of what MADE her unique were sort of glossed over. Still, she’s a cool character. I hope they do right by her in the future
2. Damian Wayne
It’s amazing, even Tim Drake fans seem to like Damian now!! What an addition to the cast!
1. Renee Montoya
This may be cheating a bit since while she DEBUTED in the comics, she was CREATED by the animated series, but whatever, we met her first in the comics, so I’m sticking with that as “introduced.”
And wow, what a character! For years she was a strong supporting cast member under mostly Chuck Dixon’s pen and then Greg Rucka came aboard and has done a ton of great work with her. One of the best new DC characters of the last 20 years.
Okay, that’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!