Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Those Whom You Once Loved Edition

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As a comic-book fan for the better part of 35 years, I’ve seen a lot of change, but few properties (short of the Legion of Super-Heroes) have been through the iterations that have gripped The Batman.  When I began reading comics, Bats was in his mid-30s, ready to adopt his ward and dealing with the likes of Nocturna, The Night-Slayer and Black Mask, in his very first appearance.  Over the ensuring decades, DC has printed literally THOUSANDS of Bat-comics, some of which have been wonderful, and some of which have been All-Star Batman.  Stephen likes to needle me that I hate Batman, but that’s in no way true.  I just have a concept of the Darknight Detective that isn’t always shared by the people writing the books, and I find that I need to pick and choose my Bat-stories to keep my eyes from rolling entirely back into my skull (“Morrison = Probably good, Miller = Run To The Hills.”)  This, in turn, begs today’s Bat-query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) even found some awesome Bat-tales to love in the midst of Knightfall, once you got past some seriously UUUUUUGLY covers, asking: What characters do you love more in their *past* incarnations?