Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve done over the years.
Batman has appeared in a bunch of Elseworlds stories, some of them really quite excellent. Here are the top five!
Batman: Detective No. 27
This charming tale by Michael Uslan and Peter Snejbjerg tells of a group of super detectives, with members including Theodore Roosevelt and Allan Pinkerton, and how their group needs desperately to recruit their 27th member in 1939 to save the world…a member named Bruce Wayne…
Batman: In Darkest Knight
This Mike W. Barr/Jerry Bingham joint is perhaps a bit TOO on the nose, but it is written with such earnestness that it really does work…
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham
Mike Mignola co-plotted and scripted this story with a co-plot by Richard Pace and art by Troy Nixey and Dennis Janke. Simply put, it is a combination of Batman’s mythos with H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulu mythos. The series is set in the late 1920s where explorer Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City for the first time in years.
The ancient sorcerer Ra’s Al Ghul is bringing rise to a “thing” that only Batman can stop. Check out Ra’s introduction…
and check out this creepy as hell sequence…
Mignola has a keen eye for how to combine various Batman characters with the Lovecraft mythos, with particularly inspired choices being Mister Freeze, Poison Ivy and, of course, this striking take on Two-Face…
John Byrne did an excellent prestige format mini-series detailing the concept of “What if Batman and Superman and their casts aged in real time from when they first appeared?” and Generations shows exactly how this would come about. Along the way, Byrne naturally alters his style to reflect the era that each story is being told in. Great stuff. It was followed by two sequels. By the time it ended, Byrne had practically created a whole other universe filled with stories starring these characters (the final sequel was twelve issues long).
Here’s a sample from when Batman II (Dick Grayson) is killed by the Joker and Robin II (Bruce Wayne Jr.) takes over….
Go to the next page for the last honorable mention at the beginning of the top five!
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