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Reading List: The Ten Essential Batman Stories

Batman: Year One, DC Comics
Batman: Year One, DC Comics

So you've decided to read about Batman! I would definitely applaud this decision, as I have spent the majority of the past thirty years doing exactly that, but I also know that it can be pretty daunting to figure out where to get started. There have, after all, been thousands of Batman stories published since he first debuted from Bill Finger and Bob Kane in 1939, and despite a few missteps along the way, he probably has more classic and definitive stories in print than any other superhero.

But don't worry, ComicsAlliance is here to help with a list of ten essential Batman stories. Read these, and you'll (hopefully) come away with a solid foundation for understanding the Dark Knight and how he works.

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Rome’s First Detective Returns In ‘Britannia: We Who Are About To Die’ #1 [Preview]

Valiant Entertainment
Valiant Entertainment

Last year, Britannia --- the prestige murder mystery miniseries set in Ancient Rome, from Peter Milligan and Juan Jose Ryp --- took a lot of people by surprise, but showed that Valiant remains a publisher that'll keep you guessing with the genres and conventions it'll pull out of its hat.

Next month, Rome's first and only detective, Antonius Axia, returns for a new mystery and Valiant have provided us a preview of the first issue.

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Comics Alliance Gift Guide: What To Buy For A Comics-Loving Stoner

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We've selected some great gifts aimed at comics readers who are looking to expand their minds or take a journey through a world more colorful than our own. Or, at the very least, those readers who are looking for something freaky to laugh at while they wait for the pizza to arrive.

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Writer’s Commentary: Peter Milligan on ‘The Mummy’ #1

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Titan is launching a whole line of comics based on the Hammer Studios horror films, starting today with The Mummy #1 by Peter Milligan and Ronilson Freire. Milligan is a fascinating choice of writer for this project, best known for classic books like Shade the Changing Man and Enigma at Vertigo, and X-Statix at Marvel. Milligan writes cerebral and often surreal comics that are unlike anything else out there.

Peter Milligan has provided ComicsAlliance with an exclusive commentary for The Mummy #1. This commentary contains spoilers, so if you haven't read the issue yet, pick it up online or in stores today, and come back here for the inside line.

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The Gods Can’t Be Trusted In Hammer’s ‘The Mummy’ #1 [Preview]

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The Mummy #1, by Peter Milligan and Ronilson Freire, begins on a mythical scale and descends to the brutality of the human world, striking a balance between the two even in the few short pages of this preview, and leaving questions about which plane is driving the story.

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My Favorite Monster: Barbatos, The Beast That Built Gotham [Fantasy Week]

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Barbatos is the ancient bat demon summoned by Thomas Jefferson, which later turned out to an Apokoliptian monster that Darkseid sent to hunt Batman through history. It’s a whole thing, but it ultimately ends up being completely crucial to the creation of Batman and the evolution of Gotham as we know it.

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Things Get Spookier In Ancient Britain In ‘Britannia’ #2 [Preview]

Britannia #2, Valiant Entertainment

I'm a pretty big fan of learning about history, but one thing that I've learned from reading up on ancient Rome is that most of those stories suffer from a truly alarming lack of monsters with sixteen eyes and a dozen clawed tentacles showing up to make things interesting. But fortunately, as always, comic books are here to improve upon reality, and when Britannia #2 hits shelves in October, it's bringing horrifying monsters with it.

As writer Peter Milligan teased in his interview about the series here at CA, he and artist Juan Jose Ryp are ramping up the supernatural horror as the series continues, and you can get a first look right here. Check out the preview below!

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Titan Reveals The First Book In Its Hammer Horror Line: ‘The Mummy’ [SDCC 2016]

The Mummy, Titan Comics

Of all the shocking announcements that came out of this year's San Diego Comic-Con, the one that surprised me the most is that the first comic out of Titan's upcoming Hammer Horror line is The Mummy. Don't get me wrong, Hammer produced four Mummy movies between 1959 and 1971 --- including the awesomely titled Blood From The Mummy's Tomb --- and that's four more Mummy movies than most people made. Still, I would've bet the farm on leading off with Dracula. But then, I suppose I always do.

Either way, the line is starting off with an all-new story of Ancient Egyptian horror from Peter Milligan and Ronilson Freire, with a cover by John McCrea. Check out a few pages from the announcement!

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Aliens Meets Gladiator Meets Philip Marlowe: Peter Milligan Talks ‘Britannia’ [Interview]

Britannia, Valiant Entertainment

In Britannia, Peter Milligan, Juan José Ryp and Jordie Bellaire tell the story of the world's first detective, a Roman centurion with an unusual understanding of psychology. When something that defies his knack for logic causes a murderous kind of trouble in the far reaches of the Empire, he's sent away from his home in the city to a colony far to the north --- and given the title of the series, you can probably guess which one.

To find out more about the series, which launches in September from Valiant, ComicsAlliance spoke to Milligan about his approach to introducing a "detectioner" into the ancient world, the challenges of creating a character who combines modern sensibilities with Roman society, and the historical facts that informed his story. We also got an exclusive look at pages from the upcoming issue.

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‘Generation Zero’, ‘Harbingers Renegade’, ‘Britannia’ and More Revealed At Valiant Summit

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The second annual Valiant Summit just wrapped at the UCB Theatre in New York City, the Belle of the East Coast. Broadcast on livestream, the summit saw several writers and artists take to the stage to talk about a string of new books from the publisher that will fall under the banner “The Future of Valiant”, including Rafer Roberts, Jody Houser, and Matt Kindt.

The event was Valiant's answer to Image Expo, with five new titles announced, including the long-rumbled Britannia, plus the previously announced Faith ongoing. Here's the full rundown.

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