Written by Frank Miller // Art by David Mazzucchelli
A Frank Miller classic, this book along with The Dark Knight Returns began to shift Batman from a hokey Adam West depiction to a more serious edgy Dark Knight of Gotham. How did Batman come to be? How did he fair in his first year donning the cape and cowl? Read Year One to find out! A great introduction for new readers.
Written by Jeph Leob // Art by Jim Lee
Quintessential Batman, this story blew me away. Hush (Batman 609-613) follows the story of Batman after his grappling rope is cut while in pursuit of Catwoman. Over the course of the next several issues, Batman recognizes that he is a part of an elaborate game. His rouge gallery is becoming more informed and bold, making decisions not typically their MO. Batman is well aware of a puppet master but doesn't know who it is or the end game.
If you're already familiar with The Bat and want something you can dig into, this is the one.