Category Archives: THE WRITERS OF BATMAN COMICS

Doug Moench’s over-the-top Batman

After an (unfortunately still) underappreciated run in Batman and Detective Comics in the mid-1980s, Doug Moench took a break for about five years before returning to Gotham City with a new attitude. If his earlier work had an emphasis on … Continue reading

Posted in THE WRITERS OF BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Doug Moench’s literary Batman

Doug Moench is up there as one of the most prolific writers of Batman comics ever. From an unforgettable 1983 tale about tentacle sex until the 2009 mini-series Unseen – in which the Dark Knight battles the Invisible Man – … Continue reading

Posted in THE WRITERS OF BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Peter Milligan’s heady Batman

Peter Milligan has written some of my all-time favorite comic series, including the surrealist fantasy Shade, the Changing Man, the existential crime thriller Human Target, and the superhero pop satire X-Statix. However, as even his biggest fans will point out, … Continue reading

Posted in THE WRITERS OF BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Gerry Conway’s marvelized Batman

After being largely ignored for a long time, Gerry Conway’s Batman run in the early 1980s has been the object of well-deserved rediscovery in recent years (not least because of the haunting pencils by Don Newton and Gene Colan). These … Continue reading

Posted in THE WRITERS OF BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Brian Azzarello’s off-the-wall Batman

Batman #620 Since 1939, there have been plenty of offbeat Batman writers, but I get a special kick out of the fact that Brian Azzarello has been allowed through the gates. After all, Azzarello seems mostly at home telling viciously … Continue reading

Posted in THE WRITERS OF BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Alan Moore’s mundane Batman

Although he has fallen from grace somewhat in recent years, I think it’s not controversial to say that Alan Moore is a strong contender for the title of greatest comics’ writer of all time, and possibly God. Watchmen alone would … Continue reading

Posted in THE WRITERS OF BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Frank Robbins’ cornball Batman

The 1970s were a great time for the Caped Crusader, even if, looking back, we did miss out on the chance to see Batman with a turtleneck or Catwoman with an afro (problem solved). After the kitsch of the ’60s … Continue reading

Posted in THE WRITERS OF BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Denny O’Neil’s pulpy Batman

Denny O’Neil has shaped modern Batman more than any other creator. And while he consciously sought to put the ‘dark’ in ‘Dark Knight,’ part of what makes his output so appealing is the fact that the ‘knight’ side is usually … Continue reading

Posted in THE WRITERS OF BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Frank Miller’s goddamn Batman

                    All kinds of people have written Batman stories. Not just people: even Snoopy has done it. But one author has the particularity of having written both the most critically acclaimed Batman comics of all time, and the most … Continue reading

Posted in THE WRITERS OF BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mike W. Barr’s paradoxical Batman

Mike W. Barr’s Batman comics – particularly his work in the 1980s – tend to have a deeply recognizable authorial voice, for two very distinct reasons. On the one hand, you’d be hard-pressed to find a modern Batman writer able … Continue reading

Posted in THE WRITERS OF BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment