The Five Elements of Story
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- A Batman Comic Masterpost
- Batman is a superhero created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, debuting in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. The character has gained worldwide recognition and has become an icon of not only DC comics but comic books as a whole. After the death of his parents, Bruce Wayne makes an oath to fight crime in Gotham. He is confronted with a rogue gallery of complex villains, including the psychotic Joker. Gaining the assistance of the Gotham Police Department, Batman fights the faces of crime in the city, gaining and loosing allies through the process.
- Note: This masterpost only includes the main Batman centric storylines. These titles are just pulled from my own personal collection, so some story arcs may not be included. I know a lot of people are interested in Batman because of other forms of media (TV shows, movies, etc.) however get intimidated by the sheer volume of storylines. I tried to list the comics in the best canonical order instead of publishing order. If there’s any errors or broken links feel free to message me. To read .cbr and .cbz files you’ll need a program such as Comical, CDisplay, or ComicRack. Support the industry; please buy the currently ongoing titles if you’re interested in the series.
/ Year One / After Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC rebooted its Batman series. Year One is the origins of Bruce Wayne as Batman, and also introduces Selina Kyle as Catwoman.
/ The Man Who Laughs / Batman’s first ever encounter with The Joker, taking inspiration from the original Batman #1
/ The Long Halloween / Takes place during Bruce’s early days as Batman a killer named Holiday is wrecking havoc on Gotham. Comissioner Gordon and Harvey Dent are also on the case as the Falcone and Maroni family continue to fight among one another. Origins of Harvey Dent as Two-Face./ Dark Victory / A follow up to The Long Halloween. Batman and the Gotham City Police Department face another murder named Hangman. The Falcone family is out on their final limb as Two-Face tries to wrap up business. Introduces Dick Grayson as Robin. / Catwoman: When in Rome / Miniseries taking place in between The Long Halloween and Dark Victory. Selina travels to Rome with The Riddler in search of her father. / Robin Year One / A collection of stories narrated by Alfred about Dick Grayson’s first year as Robin. Takes place after the events of Dark Victory. / Batgirl Year One / The origins of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl as she decides to pursue her wish of fighting crime. / A Family Fight: Nightwing Year One / / #408 (Debut of Jason Todd) #409 #410 #411 #412 #413 #414 #415 #416 #417 #418 #419 #420 #421 #422 #423 #424 #425 / Bruce Wayne discovered Jason after he attempts to take a wheel from the Batmobile. He gives him the identity as Robin, but soon their relationship grows more and more bitter. / The Killing Joke / The origins of the Joker as escapes from Arkham Asylum. He decides to challenge Batman and kidnaps Gordon, while also paralyzing his daughter. / A Death in the Family: #426 #427 #428 #429 / Jason Todd decides to go search for his mother in the Middle East. While the Joker is dealing with terrorists after escaping Arkham, he attempts to try at Robin’s life. / #430 #431 #432 #433 #434 #435 / / Year Three: #436 (Debut of Tim Drake) #437 #438 #439 / Somewhat of a sequel to Batman Year One. Including the origins of Dick Grayson, his to return to Gotham after becoming Nightwing, and Bruce’s mourning of Jason. / A Lonely Place of Dying: #440 The New Titans #60 #441 The New Titans #61 #442 / Tim Drake, a long time fan of Batman and Robin, and Dick Grayson begin to notice Bruce’s strange behavior after Jason’s death. / #443 #444 #445 #446 #447 #448 #449 #450 #451 #452 #453 #454 #455 #456 #457 #458 #459 #460 #461 #462 #463 #464 #465 (Debut of Tim as Robin) #466 #467 #468 #469 #470 #471 #472 #473 #474 #475 #476 #477 #478 #479 #480 #481 #482 #483 #484 #485 #486 #487 #488 / / Knightfall Part 1/ Knightfall Part 2/ Knightquest Part 1/ Knightquest Part 2 /KnightsEnd/ Bruce Wayne suffers a burnout and is challenged by the steroid enhanced Bane. His back is broken in combat, which leads to Bruce enlisting a temporary replacement as he fights to recover. / Prodigal / Dick Grayson’s first run as Batman as Bruce reevaluates his morals. / Troika / Bruce Wayne’s return to Batman after the events of Knightfall. / #501 #502 #503 #504 #505 #506 #507#508 #509 #510 #511 #512 #513 #514 #515 #516 #517 #518 #519 #520 #521 #522 #523 #524 #525 #526 #527 #528 / / Contagion / A strange and deadly virus breaks out in Gotham in which Batman attempts to combat. Leads into the Legacy storyline. / Legacy / Batman finds the disease returning to Gotham, discovering its origins from the middle east. There he faces Ra’s Al Ghul and Bane, and must prevent them from spreading the virus globally.
/ Cataclysm / Gotham city is struck by 7.6 earthquake as Batman and his allies attempt to help it. However things start to become more and more worse. A storyline continuing from Cataclysm leading into No Man’s Land. / Road to No Man’s Land / The U.S Government evacuates those in the earthquake stricken Gotham, leaving only those who still wish to stay. / No Man’s Land / Follows the lives of those whom have decided to stay in the devastated Gotham, including Batman and his allies. / Hush / A mysterious man calling himself Hush emerges in Gotham. His appearance is identical to Bruce’s, and attempts in ruining his image. Various of Gotham’s villains emerge as those close to Bruce start to be affected by Hush. / Broken City #620 #621 #622 #623 #624 #625 / Batman investigates the death of a woman named Elizabeth Lupo, suspecting Penguin and her lover named Margo Farr. / War Games / Featuring Stephenie Brown as Robin. A gang war erupts in Gotham with the inclusion of its most dangerous villains. The Black Mask attempts to gain control of the situation as Batman takes on the alias of Matches Malone. / Under the Hood / The Red Hood reappears in Gotham, in which to Batman’s surprise is revealed to be Jason Todd whom is revived by a Lazarus Pit. / Son/Bride/Birth of the Demon / A series of stories involving the conception of Damian Wayne. / Batman and Son / Bruce faces the League of Assassins, as Talia al Ghul introduces him to Damian Wayne, their child from their one time relations. / The Black Glove / The Black Glove threatens Batman’s vacation with various other superheroes. / Heart of Hush / Set only days before the events of Batman R.I.P, Elliot threatens Bruce Wayne’s identity once again and severely hurts Selina Kyle. / Batman R.I.P / Batman faces one of his hardest challenges against the Black Glove. The Black Glove attempts to attack on his mental state just after the events with Hush, leading Bruce into a spiral until he can ensure Gotham’s safety. / Batman R.I.P Aftermath / In a fight against Darkseid, Batman is presumed to be dead. This leads to the Bat-family attempting to figure out their situations without him. / Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? / Neil Gaiman’s take on the wrapping up of Batman for the R.I.P/Final Crisis storylines. / Battle for the Cowl / Bruce Wayne has died and the villains of Arkham have escaped. A strange new Batman emerges, attempting to take the lives of Tim Drake and Damian Wayne. Introductions Dick Grayson as Batman and Damian as Robin. / Batman: Reborn / A series of stories including the heroes of Gotham without Bruce Wayne. / Grant Morrison’s Batman and Robin / Part of the Batman Reborn storyline, Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne team up as Batman and Robin to protect Gotham. / Return of Bruce Wayne / Bruce Wayne is dropped into the past by Darkseid, and deals with a case of amnesia as he struggles through history back to Gotham. / Bruce Wayne: The Road Home / As the Bat-family and Gotham’s residents come to term with Batman’s return. Bruce takes on the identity of The Insider and examines how they have been coping. / Batman Incorporated / With the return of Batman, Bruce Wayne decides to ‘franchise’ crime fighting by enlisting the assistance of a global team of heroes. Some other stories that are also worth a look
Joker / Mad Love (Origin of Harley Quinn) / A Serious House on Serious Earth / The Dark Knight Returns / Two-Face Year One / Scarecrow Year One (1) (2) / Rogue Gallery Year One / Catwoman Mini-Origin (1) (2) / Batman in Bethlehem (Damian Wayne as Batman) / Ra’s al Ghul Year One Series involving members of the Bat-family and Gotham’s rogue gallery / Spoiled (Stephenie Brown as Spoiler) / / Red Hood: The Lost Days (Jason Todd as The Red Hood) / / Batgirl (Cassandra Cain as Batgirl) / / Red Robin (Tim Drake as Red Robin) /
/ Gotham City Sirens (Starring Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy. A few issues are missing) / / Gotham City Central / / Joker’s Asylum /
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"You’e weak! And I’ve outgrown you."
My brother called me yesterday with a stunning revelation he’d had about this scene: intentional or not, this is a perfect commentary on the superhero genre of today, and about one of its greatest weaknesses.
He’s calling Mr. Incredible weak here because the man refused to do one thing—and that was to kill someone. And because he sees him as being unable to kill, he sees him as weak—and childish. “I’ve outgrown you.” Now he is in the realm of “mature” superheroes, where Superman has to snap a man’s neck and Catwoman has to shoot Bane, where the purity of a woman forged by clay is unrelatable and marriage is nonconducive to an interesting story. His is a world where superheroes die to make villains seem impressive, a world where a dark and gritty realism is more important than a fun and adventurous fantasy.
In the end of this movie, though, the Omnidroid isn’t beaten by Mr. Incredible finding Syndrome and beating an explanation out of him to stop the robot; they solve it through brainwork, audacity, and a fun and creative action sequence. Syndrome dies in the end, yes, but that’s primarily because he keeps trying to push his view, and ends up destroying himself.
But this is Syndrome being Zack Snyder or Frank Miller, and believing that the fun adventures of yesteryear are childish fantasies that need to be left behind: ours is a world where to relate to a superhero, we have to see that superhero be unable to accomplish his task completely, where he has to settle and accept a compromise in order to preserve the greater good. We can’t admire them for being able to do what we cannot—we have to grow up and see that they’re just like us, they’re nothing special. Not really. And that is what true maturity is. A truly mature Avatar would kill the Firelord, a truly mature Superman would have no choice but to fight in the middle of a city, and video games need to be about cover-based shooting and military combat in the real world. With quick-time-events!
And of course, that’s all complete bullcrap, and the sooner that mentality gets sucked into a jet engine, the happier I’ll be.
Yes, YES, absolutely. I love the philosophy behind this movie in celebrating the light, warm, wholesome side of superheroism.
And I love how well Syndrome represents basically ‘toxic nerd culture’. When he can’t see superheroes as people he relates to any more, he regresses and sees them as playthings instead. He acts like these real people are action figures for him to do with as he pleases, as visually demonstrated by the scenes where he holds people in zero-point stasis and moves them about, frozen in stationary action poses.
He refuses to accept any perspective but his own. He talks about the superheroes like they’re comic book characters to him - like when he finds out Mr Incredible and Elastigirl got married, or in the interrogation scenes where he seems to be critiquing the ‘new’ Mr Incredible and berating him for having let him down. He talks about it like it’s a character reboot he doesn’t agree with. Plus his whole mantra of providing (selling) superpowers to everybody, so nobody will be ‘special’ any more, entirely designed to take away the specialness of what he coveted and couldn’t have, just as many guys entrenched in nerd culture refuse to let anyone else share it and act like it’s a secret club only for them.
Syndrome represents arrested fanboy development in which he refused to grow up. He carries this resentment from childhood all because his favourite hero actually had other things to do with his life than to cater to him. Mature people have responsibilities, actual jobs, they age and have families of their own, that’s what mature means and it’s what Mr and Mrs Incredible stand for, and everything that Syndrome echews in favour of being somebody’s ‘arch-nemesis’. He still thinks that maturity is dark, brooding, sexy (I mean the person he picked as the front for his scheme, not him), and about how much collateral damage you can cause. But he’s just a manchild living out a comic book dream, creating his own fictional life story (his robot is designed to be impervious to superpowers and stage a disaster that only he can defuse, thus saving the day - the whole thing is playing pretend and endangering thousands of people’s lives). Kids like to play at being heroes and stopping disasters, but because he refused to grow out of any of this, he acquired the means to do it for real and became a murderer in the process. All because he couldn’t accept that he was, essentially, wrong. By refusing to believe that his childlike hero-worship was over the top, he buckled down into it and continued to play pretend as a child would. Another aspect of maturity is natural change and Syndrome rejects it just as Mr Incredible and all the other supers accepted their reprimand (by having to go undercover and live as normal people) and adapted to it even though they didn’t want to.
My favourite line in the whole film is when Bob threatens him and Syndrome shrugs it off saying, “Nah, that’s a little dark for you,” because he’s all at once criticising Mr Incredible’s ‘character’, evaluating a real person in front of him as though he has him pegged on a morality chart, and you know he could back it up with some creepy nerd facts like “In 1964 you said the same thing to Lord Heatwave and you were totally bluffing”, as though Bob is predictable, unchanging, completely fictional to him, AND he’s being dismissive of Bob’s personal life, he thinks Mr Incredible’s gone soft, weak, become a family man, because he thinks his former hero needs to be cool and gritty and running away from explosions, not an actual person with depth and goals and feelings - which is, of course, why we as an audience like Mr Incredible and his whole family, thereby proving Syndrome and the Dark Gritty Reboot culture wrong simply by having watched and enjoyed the movie they were in.
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You guys should really order from her. I mean it, it’s worth every penny, I love my hoodie to death. And now I see I have to save up for a Speedy hoodie because it’s everything I wanted.
Oh man. No no no no no. I can’t afford more hoodies.
Man I want that Kid Mouth one so badly…
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Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous!! I wish I could afford the Steph and Wally ones because they are absolutely fantastic!!!
Hahahaha, it’s funny because she won’t get the job, since she is overqualified, and young part-time workers are cheaper.
Anyone who thinks our generation are lazy, unambitious layabouts… need to fucking lay down and die.
The harsh reality is that we are over-ambitious. We are told we can’t get anywhere without a good college degree, so we study hard, and learn all we can, and walk away with a piece of paper and skills to back it up… then we fight to break into a workforce that is already filled.
Every year more people graduate college, and the competition keeps mounting. There are a finite number of jobs, and the big-business fat-cats are cutting every corner they can to get away with NOT hiring new people, in order to maximise profits for themselves.
Then there’s the other problem of people having to work MULTIPLE jobs to support their families. Because they’re not paid enough to live on just one, they need to work three jobs to make ends meet - and that means two more jobs are filled by one person.
I’m not saying it’s “greedy” to work multiple jobs - I’m saying it’s disgusting that people are paid so little in them that they need to.
How are we supposed to get jobs when the job market is so limited - there’s not even enough work for everyone to have ONE job, much less two or three.
And the people who maintain the unemployment system have no idea how bad it really is - because they’ve had their jobs for twenty fucking years or more.
The only big company I know of that hired a graduate from my college did so because he invented a system that would cut their work down by almost 50%. That is what you need to do to get a job around here.
I have applied for every job I am qualified for.
I have applied for jobs I am almost qualified for.
I have applied for entry-level retail and fast-food jobs.
I have gotten nowhere.
And now I have the added bonus of being unable to work much at all due to my health issues. The irony of this is that I will be better off on disability - I will have the freedom to stop searching for dead-end temporary jobs, and be able to take the time to work on my own games and such. Albeit slow and in small bursts.
Also, employers want relevant experience, even for entry level jobs. Most job postings for waitressing require 2 years minimum of waitressing experience. I’m not even talking about fancy restaurants, I mean bussing tables in a pizza bar.
The problem of breaking into the job market at all is something seriously fucked up. No-one wants to hire an 18 year old when they can hire a 14 year old for the bare minimum. No-one will hire a 21 year old who is legally required to be paid a full adult wage if they can get anyone younger.
Getting into university was so important that I couldn’t even consider paid employment until finishing year 12. When I started applying for entry level fast food jobs at age 17? Rejection after rejection. If I got any feedback at all it was “Sorry, you don’t have any relevant experience” or ”We can’t know you’ll be able to cope with the work, since you’ve never worked before.”
AH, yes! How did I ever forget to mention the “experience barrier” - everyone trying to break into a job has to contend with this.
They want to take on someone with lots of experience - 2 years, 4 years, sometimes 6 or more.
I see things like “4 years, and you must have worked on at least Multi-Million Dollar Film, or AAA Game.”
Now how on earth am I going to do that if I can’t even get my foot in the door at fucking McDonalds?
And you know why they can put “2 years minimum experience” on their ads? Because there are plenty of people out there looking for those jobs with 2, 4, 8 years of experience in that role who need a job desperately.
If you want to work, you basically have to know someone in the company. If your parents run the joint, you can get in there, and get that experience. My sister has no trouble finding work now, because she has a couple years of experience - she got her first job through a combination of lying, and making very good friends with a number of people who worked there, by going to parties.
She barely made it through tenth grade.
I graduated 12th grade and college.
She has a job.
The system is broken, and only maintains a broken status quo. It puts barriers up to the outsiders, and puts minimal value on the insiders.
Humans are expendable assets - if they fire you, there’s a queue of people waiting to do your job.
Then there are places that exploit internships.
Some companies bring students in to work for a month for free - the old “pay you in experience” trick. Problem is, they’re not giving you the level of experience you need to secure a job, and there are dozens more students and graduates who want to get those unpaid internships, So they can just keep getting work from desperate students and grads for free.
It’s like all those artists who get asked to do something “for the exposure” - the exposure is an empty promise, and they really just want you to work for free.
The big CEOs want to keep their billion-dollar bank accounts floating. And they don’t care who has to suffer and die for that to happen.
If you wonder why so many young people are trying to make a name for themselves on the internet - “social media stars” and whatnot - it’s because it’s about the only chance we have to do something and be noticed.
We now have platforms where we can put ourselves out there, and try to make money based on our talents.
Is it a long-shot?
But it’s about the only chance we have.
This right here explains every thing read closely children cause it’s important
This picture is in time with the average heart rate. What you’re hearing is the sound of your blood pumping, which you aren’t normally aware of. This picture tricks your mind into making yourself aware of your heart rate, so you hear it.
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