Here’s a challenge: Below is a list of Batman graphic novels that have come into my possession. If someone wanted to spend, say, spend a summer reading them in a narrative chronological order (from inception to death/retirement/banishment to another dimension), what would that order be?
The question carries with it a deeper, theoretical question: At what point does “liking” become “fandom” become “nerd” (or “fanboy,” if you prefer)? I’m using the word “nerd” in a non-derogatory way here, with a connotation of expert knowledge about a topic. My philosophy is that we’re all nerds about something. I tend to think that when a person moves from having a cursory knowledge about something (Batman graphic novels) to a theoretical stance (a chronological order), that has to signify some shift in the continuum.
Now, for the list. A note: I realize this is an impossible task, considering that some of the works, say, Gotham by Gaslight or Nine Lives, takes place in a vastly different time period. But, just for kicks and giggles, give it a shot in the comment section below.
The graphic list:
Batman: Knightfall, Part 1: Broken Bat
Batman: Knightfall, Part 2: Who rules the Night?
Batman: Knightfall, Part 3: Knightsend
Batman: Nine Lives
Batman: Year One
Batman: Dark Victory
Batman: Haunted Knight
Batman: The Long Halloween
Gotham Central: Dead Robin
Batman: A Death in the Family
All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder I
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
Batman: The Killing Joke
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Batman: Death Mask
Good Luck. And, to be honest, this isn’t a farce. I’d like to know some answers.