Hey GlamGeeks, I hope this week has been treating you well. I am back with another list of books that I’ve read last month (February). With the release of The Batman movie, I decided to catch up on a few of my favorite graphic novels. I wanted to make sure I was ready to catch any easter eggs and clues during the movie. After seeing the movie I’m extremely happy I took the time to brush up on those graphic novels. They definitely helped refresh my memory and appreciate the movie more.
I won’t ramble on much longer, below is my list of graphic novels/books that I read last month.
- Batman: Zero Year – This storyline follows the secret moments in Bruce’s journey, his training abroad, run-ins with aspiring district attorney Harvey Dent, and how he learned to work with his new ally, Lieutenant Jim Gordon. While patrolling Gotham’s streets in a series of disguises, we learn how he began a career as a faceless vigilante to save his city from the brink of chaos.
- Batman: Year One – Hands down my favorite Batman origin stories. This is one of the first graphic novels that I read as a teenager. Year One takes us back to Jim Gordon & Bruce Wayne’s first year in Gotham as crime fighters. It shows Bruce learning how to be Batman, and trying to get rid of the corruption in the GCPD. It also focuses on Jim Gordon, with his first year as a police lieutenant in Gotham City, trying to be a good cop in a city where the police are as bad as the criminals.
- Batman: Earth One – Another one of my favorite origin stories, this one focuses upon a very new Batman who is trying to find out if his parents were murdered by Mayor Cobblepot (yes, The Penguin). He’s still learning to use gadgets he designed himself and the tale opens with him making a big mistake as a superhero. I also love that Alfred is ex-military and trains Bruce with some reluctance.
- Batman: The Long Halloween – This storyline captures the true essence of the detective that Batman is. Taking place during Batman’s early days of crime-fighting, this classic mystery tells the story of a mysterious killer who murders his prey only on holidays. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the clock as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim.
- Batman: The War of Jokes & Riddles – I won’t lie while reading this story I sort of caught myself rooting for the bad guy a time or two. This story is set early in Batman’s career when the Joker and the Riddler would seemingly be natural allies. However, both are at odds over whom should get the honors of killing off the Batman. While Joker is insane and his unpredictable tactics make him interesting, Riddler’s cold calculated, overbearing personality makes him almost as equally interesting. In case you are wondering, yes I almost jumped out of my seat towards the end of the movie. Once I heard that very noticeable laugh, I was too overjoyed that I re-read this graphic novel.
- Batman: Hush – The story depicts a mysterious stalker called Hush who seems intent on sabotaging Batman from afar. It includes many guest appearances by Batman villains, as well as various members of the Batman Family and Batman’s close allies. This was another great storyline that highlighted Batman’s amazing detective skills.
- Batman: The Court of Owls – Another storyline that is one of my all-time favorites, after a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As Batman begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth and beyond the origins of the city he’s sworn to protect.
- The 48 Laws of Power – I’m only halfway through this book and it’s already life-changing. So far this book has changed the way I view, respond and interact with people. Each Law comes with true stories from history about those who successfully observed it and those who foolishly or naively transgressed it. This book definitely opened my eyes to how people really are in the real world. I’ll be finishing up this book this month. I can’t wait to get through the next 24 laws.
What are some books that you’ve read last month? Share them below. 💖