A Batnerdic Challenge

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:

Final Crisis

Batman: Knightfall, Part 1: Broken Bat

Batman: Knightfall, Part 2: Who rules the Night?

Batman: Knightfall, Part 3: Knightsend

Batman: R.I.P.

Batman: Nine Lives

Batman: Year One

Batman: Dark Victory

Batman: Haunted Knight

Batman: The Long Halloween

Gotham Central: Dead Robin

Batman: Hush

Batman Gothic

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.

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2 thoughts on “A Batnerdic Challenge

  1. Off the top of my head:

    Gotham By Gaslight would have to come first. But only if we ignore the title of Batman: Year One. The Dark Knight Strikes Again happens after the Dark Knight Returns, which both follow the Killing Joke (if I remember correctly). The Knightfalls (obviously) run in order I-III, before the Dark Knight series, yet after the Killing Joke.

    Public Enemies came out the latest (real time) but probably happens sometime in the Golden-Era (based off the costumes/art style).

    My girlfriend would be so much better at this…

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