Happy Batman Day, everyone! While we have been celebrating Batman Week at How to Love Comics, the world has been celebrating Batman Day and there is not better way to celebrate than to read Batman comics.
In order to do this I have rounded up a batch of fantastic free Batman comics that will get you started. There are a great mix of comics here from Batman’s very first appearance to comics based off the classic television series Batman: The Animated Series. Also included in this list are stories by some of the greatest names in comics such as Neil Gaiman and Brian Bolland, just to name a few.
Happy (free) reading!
Detective Comics #27
This is where it all started. Back in 1939 Batman was introduced to the world in the short story titled “The Case of the Criminal Syndicate!” Not only did it introduced Batman but also Commissioner Gordon and Batman’s alter ego Bruce Wayne.
You can read Detective Comics #27 for free on Comixology.
Batman: The Ten Cent Adventure
This issue kicks off the 12-part story ”Bruce Wayne: Murderer?” in which Bruce Wayne has been accused of murder when he someone is murdered in his house. The problem is he wasn’t there, he was out being Batman elsewhere. But obviously he can’t tell anyone that. When this was released in print it has a cover price of 10c, making for a great jumping on point.
You can read Batman: The Ten Cent Adventure for free on Comixology.
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #1
Legends of the Dark Knight was a Batman series that had a rotating creative team for every story and was not tied to the current events of the other Batman comics. As a result this is a series that you can jump on at any story. In the debut issue, Dennis O’Neil and Ed Hannigan tell a story about Bruce Wayne before he becomes Batman, where he meets a life-changing Shaman on a mountain climb.
You can read Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #1 for free on Comixology.
Batman Black & White: A Black and White World
Batman Black & White was a series of short stories using top talent to tell an array of interesting Batman stories. In this particular one, Neil Gaiman and Simon Bisley show the struggle between Batman and The Joker, but with a twist. In this story they’re re-cast as actors starring in a film-like, comic book production.
You can read Batman Black & White: A Black and White World for free on Comixology.
Batman Black & White: An Innocent Guy
Written and Drawn by Brian Bolland.
Killing Joke artist Brian Bolland tells a story that focuses on a Gotham City resident who plans to kill Batman. If you are a fan of Bolland’s art on Batman: The Killing Joke, then you will really enjoy him going all out in black and white.
You can read Batman Black & White: An Innocent Guy for free on Comixology.
Batman Black & White: Good Evening, Midnight
Written and Drawn by Klaus Janson.
Klaus Janson writes and draws a short story that focuses on Alfred the butler as he reads a letter that Bruce Wayne’s father wrote for a young Bruce Wayne.
You can read Batman Black & White: Good Evening, Midnight for free on Comixology.
Batman Black & White: Perpetual Mourning
Written and Drawn by Ted McKeever.
Ted McKeever focues on Batman’s detective skills when Batman performs and autopsy on a Jane Doe in order to find her killer. This chilling story was Eisner Award-nominated in 1997.
You can read Batman Black & White: Perpetual Mourning for free on Comixology.
Batman Black & White: Two of A Kind
Written and Drawn by Bruce Timm.
Bruce Timm, best known for his work on Batman: The Animated Series, writes and draws a short story that centers around Two-Face and his rehabilitation. Although, thanks to a fem-fatale, he is being tempted back over to side of evil.
You can read Batman Black & White: Two of A Kind for free on Comixology.
Batman Adventures (1992-1995) #1
Those old enough old enough to remember it would know that Batman: The Animated Series was a top-notch show worthy of the title of one of the best animated series of all time. Batman Adventures is the first comic series to spin-out of the award winning animation.
You can read Batman Adventures (1992-1995) #1 for free on Comixology.
Batman Adventures (2003-2004) #1
This is the first issue of the second series based off the award winning animated series, Batman: The Animated Series.
You can read Batman Adventures (2003-2004) #1 for free on Comixology.