Free Comic Book Day/75th Anniversary of Batman

Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day. Many libraries nationally partner with local comic book shops or distributors in order to get free comics out to both kids and adults.

This is a great time to promote Batman comics, graphic novels and video games especially, since it is his 75th anniversary.

Batman has transformed over the years from a campy, fun character to coincide with the ’60s tv series, to a dark, brooding hero who is fearsome and pulls no punches. His one rule over his entire lifespan (with the exception of an incident in the 1940’s) has been to never use a gun. This rule was broken in the series of Final Crisis, in which he uses a god-killing bullet to destroy Darkseid.

Over the timespan of his career, many events have occurred which has shaped his personality, and relationships with friends and foes. As a member of the Trinity (which includes Superman and Wonder Woman), he has joined with many different incarnations of superheroes, such as Justice League and the Outsiders.

Batman has changed also to coincide with the different events that have occurred in the DC Universe since its inception, such as Crisis on Infinite Earths, Zero Hour, Identity Crisis, Infinite Crisis, Final Crisis, and the New 52 (don’t even get me going on the “crisis of too many events named crisis”.)

In video games, starting over 20 years ago and played on many consoles, Batman has been in different formats such as puzzle type games, LEGO games, to the more recent releases to go along with movie versions and the Arkham series.

The Arkham series has been steadily popular since the release of the first title, Arkham Asylum in 2009.  Arkham City, Arkham Origins, and Arkham Origins: Blackgate have been released over the years since.

There is an upcoming Arkham City game, Batman: Arkham Knight which is scheduled to be released in October 2014.  This will be available only on PS4, XBox One and Windows (Sorry Wii U!)

I am not a big fan as I am a continuity freak, and I feel that there may be many little details that don’t really match with the current comic run. No spoilers, I promise! The games are tremendously popular, so no matter what incarnation of Batman exists in the day to day, he will stay pretty consistent.

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~ by LibraryGamer2979 on May 2, 2014.

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