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ORBITAL READING LISTS: BATMAN – PART 3

Welcome back to our extensive Batman chronology and reading list! These storylines, in my opinion, include some of the best Bat-books to grace our shelves and feature some the best creators in modern comics. So without further ado…   BATMAN: DEATH…

SPOTLIGHT ON: ALAN MOORE

  When you think of ‘Graphic Novels’, we’re willing to bet that even if you only have a passing knowledge of what that term means, the first name you think of is Alan Moore. There are few writers whose names…

ORBITAL READING LISTS: BATMAN – PART 2

Welcome back to our reading list for Batman trade paperbacks. As before, we’re breaking this down by storyline, in chronological order. What’s interesting about this period is the sheer amount of titles with which Batman story-lines crossed over. If a…

SPOTLIGHT ON: THE JOKER

There is no more indelible and iconic villain in the history of comics than the crown prince of crime. Making his first appearance in Batman No.1 in April 1940, the Joker was originally meant to be killed-off. But editorial intervention…

SPOTLIGHT ON: HARLEY QUINN

Harleen Francis Quinzel, or Dr. Quinzel to you, first made her appearance in an episode of the Batman Animated Series. Harley has made a name for herself originally as the Joker’s squeeze (seduced by the clown prince of crime when…

SPOTLIGHT ON: THE SUICIDE SQUAD

Although many of you may have only become familiar with the Suicide Squad in recent months, they have been a fixture in the DCU since 1959, where they appeared in the Brave and The Bold. Though their core membership has…

SPOTLIGHT ON: KIDS COMICS!

One of the long-standing problems in the comics industry has been getting kids to read comics. Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? The original child’s medium, not being looked at by children. With many of us growing up reading The…