Sunday, December 14, 2008

12 Days of Christmas: Day Two!

Stressed out? Worried that you might not be able to find that one fantastic Christmas gift for the special gamer or comic book aficionado on your Nice List? No problem -- Curious Comics is here to make things easy for you! Over the next 12 days , we'll post the lowdown on what goodies we think would be great to wake up to on Christmas morning.

On the 2nd Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

Batman Graphic Novels!

With The Dark Knight already charging into stockings everywhere this Christmas, you might be of a mind to try a little merchandising tie-in of your own and dig up a gift or two from the impressive array of Batman graphic novels on the shelves at your local Curious Comics. For the fan of the hard-core modern movie Batman and his impressively psychotic enemies, allow us to recommend...

Joker, by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo; The Killing Joke, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland; The Man Who Laughs, by Ed Brubaker and Doug Mankhe.

All three of these books feature the deranged Clown Prince of Crime as we have come to know and loathe him over the last year -- mad, bad, and very dangerous to know. For readers who particularly enjoyed Heath Ledger's portrayal of the messed-up menace, Azzarello's controversial Joker effectively blurs the line between comic book villain and big screen lunatic.

Still, for all of the financial and critical success the Batman movie franchise has earned in 2008, there are still many readers who want the classic Dark Knight Detective they remember from way-back-when. For the old-school Batman fan out there, look out for gems like:

Batman Chronicles Volume One, by Bob Kane; Showcase Presents: Batman Volume One, by Various; Batman & Superman: Saga of the Super Sons, by Bob Haney.

And we know there are plenty of hard-to-please Batman fans out there as well -- the ones who know exactly which grandfather clock in Wayne Manor leads into the Batcave, where Dick Grayson got the original Robin costume in the first place, and even how the heck Batman got that Tyrannosaurus Rex into the Trophy Room by himself without anyone noticing. For these jaded been-there read-that Batman fans, try throwing them a curveball with one or two of these very unusual Batman stories:

Batman: Year 100 by Paul Pope; Batman: Black and White, by Various; Batman: Vampire, by Doug Moench and Kelley Jones.

Of course, this is just the smallest sampling of potential Batman-related gifts for that special Bat-Fan on your Christmas shopping list. Next time you're in the shop, ask a friendly Curious Comics staff member for a few more ideas along these lines -- I guarantee we've got plenty more where these came from!


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