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I've recently gotten into comic books and I'm interested in reading the Batman comics. I have no idea where to start. I've seen all of the live action Batman movies so I pretty much know origin stories already.

I'm not interested in Catwoman or Harley Quin, they annoy me.

I love the Riddler and Dr Crane though, and of course the Joker. What are some good recommendations for the comic book beginner in this series?

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enter image description here Despite this being sort of a subjective question I have provided a list of what I think of as the 10 Best & Essential Batman Collections to get started & caught up w/ the Legend of the Dark Knight. They feature, either important events in the life and legend of The Batman or important moments which sharpen the character for readers:

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Here are an additional 5 More Collected Batman Stories that you may find fun and interesting, though be aware some stories listed here out of continuity or take place in a different world/future:

enter image description here Finally here are 5 Collected Side-Stories in the Batverse that you might also enjoy reading:

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    Nicely done and definitive list. I am sure the OP will enjoy it. – Thaddeus Howze Oct 19 '14 at 20:26
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    Agreed - very streamlined! Impressed to see Turning Points here, it is not as widely known though an excellent addition to a list like this. Still I would have dropped Gothic for Tales of the Demon – Hikaru Ichijyo Oct 20 '14 at 3:07
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    Thank you Thaddeus & Hikaru... And you aren't wrong about Tales of the Demon being an excellent story Hikaru, but that's the problem with a list like this for a character who has so many great stories. I was looking to give a broad look so I had to drop things like Strange Apparitions, Tower of Babel, RED RAIN & even Broken City...to name just a few – 22nd Century Fza Oct 20 '14 at 3:44
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    @Fza - I just read Broken City on your recommendation and it was an interesting take on the origin. Thank you! – Hikaru Ichijyo Jun 2 '15 at 5:28
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    @DrRDizzle: I thought about KF but 3 things stopped me: 1) It's very-very long 2) It's very unevenly written 3) I don't believe it's in current continuity. Since the person posting was looking to get caught up as well as read some good Bat-Tales I left it out. Honestly if they hadn't been interested in reading current stories I wouldn't have even added The Court of the Owls/Night of the Owls arc as I don't feel it's all that impressive. Really the only part of that arc I really enjoyed was the new Mr Freeze origin (which was excellent).. I think the Fugitive or Gang War arcs were better tales! – 22nd Century Fza Jun 3 '15 at 4:57
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I'd add the Batman: Year Zero and Death of The Family story arcs as well. Also try A Death in the Family, and Under the (Red) Hood.

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    If you're just adding onto another answer, you'd be better off just commenting. Otherwise, go ahead an write up a list with all of your suggestions to flesh this out into a full answer. – phantom42 Oct 19 '14 at 23:19

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