Originally posted by: TheOtherGodhead
Arkham Asylum: Madness
Under the Red Hood
A Death In the Family
The Black Glove
Court Of Owels Vol 1
The Dark Knight Returns
The Dark Knight Strikes Again
I'm at work and have to actually start but those are all graphic novels and are able to be downloaded, bought at comic book shops or on Amazon, but I'll post more later pending what Brickhouse says.
all of this, except i will add
year one, two, three - especially year one
a lonely place of dying
all the batman/dracula books (three total)
son of the demon
and of course the killing joke, where joker rapes/maims commissioner gordon's daughter.
year one is frank millers version of how batman got his start, it's awesome. a lonely place of dying introduces a new robin. the batman / dracula books are pretty graphic, very dark. son of the demon goes into detail about the ra's al ghul saga. earth one is a retelling of the origin. the cult is literally about a cult.
my personal favorites are year one and the dark knight returns. the dark knight returns portrays batman as a man in his 50s, retired, who gets back into the game. in the book a female robin appears and he kicks supermans ass pretty badly.
also, all batman from 220-250 are pretty awesome, most tell gothic style/spooky type stories, which to me was the departure from the corny silver age stuff. this is probably my favorite, it's valued anywhere from 200-1000 bucks. my copy is in incredible condition.
the best modern storyline for me was hush. jim lee does the art, shit is incredible. also all-star batman and robin is also drawn by him with a storyline by frank miller, and portrays batman as a fucking lunatic. he backhands robin and calls him all sorts of names lol. it tells the story of how robin comes to be robin.