8 Great Batman New Year's Stories

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8 Great Batman New Year's Stories

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While Batman certainly has had more than his fair share of Christmas stories, he has also found the time to star in a number of great New Year's stories as well. Here are eight great Batman New Year's comic book stories. 

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"...And a Deadly New Year" Batman #247

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Denny O'Neil and Dick Giordano delivered this 1972 tale of bad guys set to kill the guests at a charity gala using nerve gas. Batman (who is there as Bruce Wayne) and his trusted butler, Alfred, trick the bad guy into giving away his identity. When Alfred cracks a bottle of violet-smelling cologne, the villain the nerve gas has gone off early and pulls out a gas mask. Batman and Alfred take care of him, but there is still a matter of the bomb, which turns out to be on the New Year's ball itself! Batman rides the ball as it goes down and gets the bomb out just in time!

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"What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" Batman Adventures Holiday Special #1

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In this over-the-top action-packed story from 1994, by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini (with art by Kevin Altieri and Butch Lukic), the Joker is just about to kill Batman during Gotham City's New Year's celebration when he is stopped by Gotham City's bell, which falls at the crack of midnight!

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"Should Old Acquaintances be Forgot" Batman Adventures Holiday Special #1

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In the very next story in the Holiday Special, by Paul Dini and Dan Riba, Batman and Commissioner Gordon celebrate New Year's together. It is a touching story, in which the two men congratulate each other on getting through another year in one piece. 

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4. "In Memorium" Batman Adventures #34-36

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This classic three-part story from 1995 finished out the first volume of Batman Adventures for DC Comics (they re-launched the comic under slightly different names a few times over the next few years). The centerpiece of the story is Gotham's New Year's Eve Celebration.

Not wanting to live with the memory of his son's death, Hugo Strange had developed a machine designed to wipe out painful memories. Instead, it wiped out all of his memories. At the New Years celebration, where Strange's son was murdered a year earlier, his memory is triggered by the image of the countdown. In a frenzy to erase the newly-returned memory, he ends up accidentally wiping out Batman's memory of his parent's deaths (as well as Batman's memories in general for a spell). Who is Batman without the memory of his parent's death? Well, this fascinating story lets you know. 

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"New Year's Eve" Batman: The Long Halloween #4

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In this classic year-long Batman adventure by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, New Year's Eve 1996 is celebrated by the Joker hijacking a crop-dusting plane to spread poisonous gas over Gotham City's equivalent of Times Square at midnight. But Batman crashes the Joker's plans in a big way. 

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"Days of Auld Lang Syne" Batman: Shadow of the Bat #94

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All throughout 1999, the Batman titles took part in a storyline called "No Man's Land," where Gotham City, devastated by a massive earthquake, had been so damaged and so crime-ridden that the United State government ruled that it be cordoned off from the rest of the country (the bridges being destroyed, stuff like that). Batman and a small group of cops and other heroes stayed behind to protect the citizens left behind. Meanwhile, as Bruce Wayne, Batman also tried to save Gotham City, which included temporarily working alongside Lex Luthor and his LexCorp, to rebuild Gotham. On New Year's Eve, also the start of the Millennium, Batman and his allies celebrate their victory in re-opening Gotham while mourning the loss of their friends and allies who died along the way, including Commissioner Gordon's wife, Sarah Essen. Batman spends the celebration alone at his family tomb.

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7. "Apocalypse Girl" The Batman Chronicles #21

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In this offbeat story from 1999, the Pander Brothers have a young woman from another dimension show up in Gotham City. The problem is that her body is negatively charged against this dimension, so her touch actually disintegrates people. Batman knows she is not trying to kill people, but as the countdown to the new year begins, Gotham's police shoot her and nearly kill her. It turns out that Batman's glove, which is charged positively, is the only thing that might save her as her father shows up to return her to her home. Yes, it is just as wild as it sounds.

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"New Year's Eve" Batman: Li'l Gotham #4

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In this 2012 story by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen, Catwoman agrees to have a New Year's celebration with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, or as they like to call it, a "New Year's Revolution" instead of resolution.