Top 5 Batman Stories Not Published by DC
5) Moon Knight, published by Marvel Comics
From time to time, Moon Knight has ranged from a truly original character to a knock-off of the caped crusader. Originally, he was a millionaire playboy with a variety of Moon-themed weapons and vehicles. Different writers have taken the character in different directions that differentiate him from his cheap origins. Lately, he seems to have been taken in a direction that helps make him more of his own character, but originally, he was very much like Batman dressed in white, which sometimes came across as stupid as it sounds.
This series is for mature readers only, as its name implies. Essentially, it is what happens when Batman stops being Batman. Crime still happens, but the real conflict is within the hero itself. There are lots of distractions, but the Robin analog is really well-done, and more the way that Grayson should be handled, but this series is essentially a Batman story underneath all of the sex that goes on.
This seems a little off, since many of the Batman’s details actually derive from the pulp hero. DC Comics even has published many of his comic adventures, but so many of the essential elements that make Batman so appealing came from the Shadow, which makes any story featuring this dark, mysterious character worth reading for any Batman fan.
2) JL8 by Yale Stewart
This webcomic follows the JLA as kindergartners. The fact that it starts with Batman is not a surprise, and it develops many of the recurring stories about Batman in a way that is refreshing and entertaining. Wonder Woman never comes across as compatible with Superman, but if she is romantically paired with Batman, it becomes much more interesting. The Justice League Unlimited animated series knew that. Yale Stewart knows that. Let’s just hope someone can convince DC about it now. From time to time it even uses its unique concept to make commentary on the development of super-heroes in general, which is absolutely brilliant.
1) Something Terrible by Dean Trippe
This is the Batman story that defines what Batman is, yet doesn’t seem to be about Batman at all. It’s a personal tale of how the character of how Batman saved not only a young boy from a terrible situation, but saved the man that boy grew into. If it does one thing, I hope it dispels the myths of child abuse and uses Batman in a way that many writers just don’t grasp anymore, and that includes Christopher Nolan.