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Why Batman by Scott Snyder?
After Grant Morrison famous run on Batman, came the New 52 and Scott Snyder. With stories about The Court of Howls, Batman Eternal, the Dark Nights: Metal event and more, Snyder became one of the major authors of the decade.
Mostly working with artist Greg Capullo and writer James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder gave us one of the best Batman and a lot of great adventures. The impact of his work on the character is important and there are a lot of great stories to read, so here is the guide.
Batman by Scott Snyder Reading Order:
1. Before the New 52
Like Grant Morrison did before him, Scott Snyder didn’t begin writing Batman with the main series. He worked on two stories:
- Batman: The Black Mirror – After a crime-fighting lifetime of confronting what they thought was the worst humanity had to offer, an even darker and more dangerous evil pushes Batman and Commissioner Gordon to their limits. As the conflict comes closer to its resolution, they find that the truth behind this murderous crime spree isn’t just careening toward their doorstep… Collects Detective Comics #871-881.
- Batman: Gates of Gotham – At the turn of the last century, a trio of prominent Gotham families joined together to shape the modern skyline of their growing city. Now a madman with 300 pounds of plastic explosives and a hundred-year-old grudge is threatening to bring it all crashing down. Beginning with the simultaneous destruction of three of Gotham’s oldest bridges, the mysterious figure known as the Architect is targeting the properties and legacies of Gotham’s most notable names–including that of Bruce Wayne. Collects Batman: Gates of Gotham #1-5, Detective Comics Annual #12 and Batman Annual #28.
2. The New 52
This is when Scott Snyder became the main writer on the Batman series, working with Greg Capullo on 52 issues.
- Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls – Batman has heard tales of Gotham City’s Court of Owls: that the members of this powerful cabal are the true rulers of Gotham. The Dark Knight dismissed the stories as rumors and old wives’ tales. Gotham was his city. Until now. A brutal assassin is sinking his razor-sharp talons into the city’s best and brightest, as well as its most dangerous and deadly. If the dark legends are true, his masters are more powerful predators than the Batman could ever imagine. Collects issues Batman #1-7.
- Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls – For over a century, the Court of Owls has ruled Gotham City in secret—their reach inescapable, their power unstoppable. Until they battled the Batman. Collects issues Batman #8-12 and Batman Annual #1
- Talon Vol. 1: Scourge of the Owls (optional) – As a young performer with Haly’s Circus, young Calvin Rose was secretly being raised to be a master assassin–a killing machine called a Talon. The Talons have always served the mysterious Court of Owls, a group of wealthy individuals who will stop at nothing to maintain their grip on power in Gotham City. When Rose defects from the Talon’s ranks, he is marked for death and spends the next few years using all his training to hide from his former masters.
- Batman: The Court of Owls Saga is also collected in full in a DC Essential Edition and an Absolute Edition.
- Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family – One year ago, the Joker limped off the streets of Gotham, mutilated and scarred when someone had taken the pale white skin right off of his face. But now, the Dark Knight’s greatest foe has returned but for once and turns his vile hatred towards the only family Bruce Wayne has left. Collects Batman #13-17 along with backup stories.
- “Death of the Family” is a 23-issue comic book story arc that includes tie-ins from Batgirl, Batman and Robin, Catwoman, Detective Comics, Nightwing, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Suicide Squad, and Teen Titans. The main story is contain in the Batman series.
- Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year – Secret City – Before the era of superheroes began-before the Batman spread his wings to protect the innocent and punish the evil-Gotham City’s prodigal son, Bruce Wayne, had been missing for years. But this was exactly the cover of darkness Bruce needed. Patrolling Gotham’s streets in a series of disguises, he began a career as a faceless vigilante. Collects issues Batman #21-24.
- Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year – Dark City – Collects Batman #25-27 and 29-33.
- Batman Vol. 6: Graveyard Shift – This book collects individual stories. Three of then take place during the Zero Year storyline, others during Batman Eternal, or in the present, after the death of Damian in Batman Incorporated by Grant Morrison. Collects Batman #0, #18-20, #28, #34 and Batman Annual #2.
- Batman Eternal – Gotham is in chaos. Gang wars. Viral outbreaks. Riots. Hauntings. Terrorist strikes. Every one of Batman’s allies is fighting to keep the city under control. Someone is orchestrating the pandemonium, but who? Worst of all, Batman’s greatest ally inside the city, police commissioner Jim Gordon, has been arrested and can’t help. Until his name can be cleared, he’ll be locked up alongside all the dangerous criminals he put in jail. Meanwhile, Batman, the Robins, Batgirl, Red Hood, Spoiler, and more will have to contend with not just the usual villains, but a corrupt police force as well! You can find all the issues in one omnibus or in TPB form:
You can now find the first part of Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo’s Batman run in Omnibus form.
This first volume collects Batman #0-33, #23.2 and Batman Annual #1-2.
- Batman Vol. 7: Endgame – Batman’s greatest foe has returned for one last gag. But this time, not even the Joker is laughing. In their last encounter, the Dark Knight failed to live up to Joker’s grand plans, so now the Joker is deadly serious. The games are over. And everything is on the table. Collects stories from Batman #35-40.
- Batman Vol. 8: Superheavy – Following the disappearance and presumed death of Batman, former police commissioner Jim Gordon has been called to carry on the Dark Knight’s legacy and become the Dark Knight’s successor. Collects Batman #41-45.
The sequel to Batman Eternal. Bruce Wayne may no longer be Batman, but his legacy lives on. When an assassin begins targeting all of Batman’s past partners, the former Robins must join forces to untangle a mystery that stretches back to the early days of the Dark Knight’s career.
- Batman & Robin Eternal
- Batman Vol. 9: Bloom – Bruce Wayne is back and has a nearly perfect life. But the Batman is calling Bruce back… Collects Batman #46-50, as well as a story from Detective Comics #27.
- Batman Vol. 10: Epilogue – The conclusion! Collects Batman #51-52, Batman: Futures End #1, Batman Annual #4 and Batman: Rebirth #1.
From that point on, Tom King is writing the Batman series, but Scott Snyder still wrote Batman in other series.
- All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy – Batman finds himself trying to help old friend Harvey Dent…now known as the villainous Two-Face! The Dark Knight accompanies his foe on a cross-country trip to fix his scarred face and hopefully end the Two-Face identity forever. But when the former Gotham City D.A. sets a plan into motion to free himself, the road gets bumpy and every assassin, bounty hunter and ordinary citizen with something to hide comes out in force with one goal: kill Batman! Collects All-Star Batman #1-5.
- All-Star Batman Vol. 2: Ends of the Earth – Collects All-Star Batman #6-9.
- All-Star Batman Vol. 3: The First Ally – Collects All-Star Batman #10-14.
- Batman and the Signal – Someone has been giving deadly metahuman powers to teenagers living in the Narrows. With the help of the Bat-Family, the Signal and Batman must protect the city from the rampaging adolescents. Collects Batman and The Signal #1-3 as well as “The Cursed Wheel” from All-Star Batman #1-4 and #6-9.
- Dark Nights: Metal – Big Event Alert. Beyond our universe, there is the Multiverse … and beneath the Multiverse is a nightmare realm where every fear that has ever been felt on our Earth becomes reality. Now an evil force as old as time wants to drag us down into the shadows, into the realm of never-ending terror. You can find the reading order here.
4. DC Universe
In the aftermath of Dark Nights: Metal, the DC Universe changed a little bit. Mostly, it was the end of the Rebirth era. At that point, Scott Snyder took charge of the main Justice League series, featuring Batman, of course, but also Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash (Barry Allen), Aquaman, Hawkgirl, Cyborg, Martian Manhunter, and Green Lantern (John Stewart).
- Justice League: No Justice – Mystery. Wonder. Wisdom. Entropy. These four forces govern all of existence, and now the godlike beings who embody them have awakened. All life is in jeopardy, and the only chance the superheroes of Earth have to stop the unthinkable lies in new alliances…the likes of which have never been seen before!
- Justice League
- The Totality – Nine heroes with powers as different as their personalities, but one thing in common: a dedication to defending the Earth. They are the Justice League, and they have never seen anything like this. Collects Justice League #1-7.
- Graveyard of Gods – Collects Justice League #8-12, Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth Special #1 and Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth Special #1.
- Hawkworld – Collects Justice League #13-18 and Justice League Annual #1.
- The Sixth Dimension – Collects Justice League #19-25.
- The Doom War – Collects Justice League #26-39.
You don’t need to read Justice league before reading the next miniseries.
- The Batman Who Laughs – Half Batman. Half Joker. Combining everything that makes the Caped Crusader a hero and the Clown Prince a killer, the Batman Who Laughs is the Dark Multiverse’s deadliest criminal mastermind. Now he’s come to Gotham to turn Bruce Wayne’s home into an incubator for evil. Collects the full seven-issue miniseries and the one-shot special issue The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight.
- Batman: Last Knight on Earth (with Greg Capullo) – Twenty years in the future Bruce Wayne wakes up in Arkham Asylum. Young. Sane. And…he’s never been Batman. He embarks on a quest through a devastated DC landscape. As he tries to piece together the mystery of his past, he must unravel the cause of this terrible future and track down the unspeakable force that destroyed the world as he knew it… Collects Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1-3.
Outside of the DC Universe continuity, Scott Snyder wrote with Steve Orlando a miniseries featuring Batman and The Shadow.
Batman/Shadow: The Murder Geniuses – While investigating the murde of a Gothamite, Batman identifies his prime suspect as Lamont Cranston… but there are two problems with that. One, Batman is not aware Lamont’s alter ego is the master detective known as the Shadow. Two, and more importantly, Cranston seems to have died over half a century ago!