5- Jeph Loeb
Say what you may about the ending, which I won't spoil here, I loved this story. Yes, it had many cliches and some things were a bit predictable despite the red herring thrown in the middle of the story, but still, it was fun! And like I mentioned in the last blog, I didn't have to buy a million other titles I usually don't buy just to finish a storyline. It was just a straightforward, good old fashioned story arch. And not to mention, JIM LEE. Fast paced, intriguing, beautiful art, usually not held in such high regard as The Long Halloween maxi-series, but definitely a fun read for a rainy day.
4- Alan Grant
He had great runs through Detective Comics, Batman, and Batman: Shadow of the Bat.
Recently DC Comics have been releasing collected editions of Batman runs. As I mentioned before, I really hope one day there will be an Alan Grant/Norm Breyfogle compendiums.
3- Doug Moench
The team would go on to set the build-up and do the main story for Batman: Knightfall. I loved Knightfall as I mentioned in a blog I wrote a couple of years back. The one thing about his writing was there was always something I just could not put my finger on about why I didn't like it as much as I probably should. I thought maybe it was a pacing thing if anything, but I still don't know.
But after the whole Knightfall/KnightQuest/KnightsEnd/Prodigy storylines ended, Kelly Jones went from cover artist to regular interior artist, and THIS is my favorite Doug Moench run. It was dark, spooky, gritty, the writing REALLY meshed well with Kelly Jones' dark, horror art. People may have complained that it was "too dark", but to me, it was just right. If you can, I do recommend picking up the compendiums that DC Comics put out last year that collected a big chunk of the Moench/Jones run.
2- Chuck Dixon
I will never know how he would write consistently good stories with such a HUGE workload. I still think he wrote the definitive Nightwing and Robin series. And he had a huge run on Detective Comics.
Starting with issue # 644-729 (with issue #0, 738, and 1,000,000), he had one of the greatest runs on the legendary title. His stories were mostly action-packed laced with humor, and some great character development, especially on Robin. His trademark was always start off with a big page to draw you into the story immediately, and damn if it worked. Very few writers IMO can simply draw you into a story on just the very first page like Chuck Dixon could do.
So if you like your Batman with a healthy dose of action, you can;t go wrong with Chuck Dixon!
Before I go on, just a brief honorable mention. As I stated before I missed most of Greg Rucka's and Ed Brubaker's wonderful runs on Detective and Batman, I only have a handful of issues of each, but they were SO good, but like with the artist list last week, if I haven't read at least most of their run, it won't be on this list. Same with Grant Morrison.
Now, without further ado, I now present my......
1- Scott Snyder
Before the New 52 reboot of Batman, I had never heard of Scott Snyder before. As I mentioned in my previous blog, I had stopped reading mainstream comics for about 5 or 6 years. So when the new issue #1 came out, I was really looking forward to Greg Capullo doing art on the series, and I had no expectations on the story because I had no idea really who he was. And it was spectacular. The Court of Owls quickly turned into one of my all-time favorite Batman stories. And then for my birthday, a few years back, my girlfriend gave me THE gift. The hardcover trade collection of Snyder's first big story on Batman, The Black Mirror, which ran through issues 871-881 with the combined artwork of Jock and Francesco Francavilla.
It was during the time Dick Grayson was Batman and Bruce Wayne started up Batman Inc. It was a series of stories that interwove at the end in a spectacular climax. I don't want to give too much away for those who haven't read it, but if you are looking for one of the best Batman stories ever, there is The Black Mirror.
After a fantastic Court of Owls story, he followed up with Death of the Family and Zero Year. Scott Snyder has managed to somehow channel all of what I loved of previous bat-writers AND put on his own spin as well. He even wrote my now new favorite Superman story, Superman Unchained, not to mention his other works like American Vampire, The Wake, Wythches, he's just an outstanding writer, and I have been so fortunate to have met him on a couple of occasions, and just like with Greg Capullo, he is so humble and grateful towards his fans.
And there you have it. My 5 favorite Batman writers. Well, thank you for reading these series of Batman blogs, it was fun to walk down memory lane once more with these blogs, I really appreciate that you've taken the time to read these ramblings. Once more, may this new year be a great one for you all, and full of new memories. Until next time, have a good one!