JANUARY: The five-issue miniseries BATMAN: TURNING POINTS begins with issue #1. TURNING POINTS examined the relationship between Batman and Jim Gordon at different times during Batman’s career.
JANUARY: The sequel to “Prey” – “Terror” – begins in BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT#137.
MARCH: Commissioner Gordon nearly dies after being shot by a gunman as the “Officer Down” storyline begins in BATMAN #587.
APRIL: Matches Malone’s “origin” is told starring in BATMAN #588.
NOVEMBER: Bruce Timm’s DC Animated Universe expands as JUSTICE LEAGUE debuts on Cartoon Network.
DECEMBER: The sequel to Frank Miller’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS begins with THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #1.
DECEMBER: The Joker (who thinks he’s dying from a brain tumor) gasses the his fellow inmates at Slabside Penitentiary and creates an army of “Jokers.” It will take the entire DCU to bring him down in this company-wide crossover beginning with JOKER: THE LAST LAUGH #.
I still wasn’t reading comics regularly in 2001, but I did read THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.
Um, not a fan of it.
Also, the only episode of the JUSTICE LEAGUE animated series I’ve ever watched in its entirety was “Epilogue” that basically was the last episode of BATMAN BEYOND.
What did you think of Batman in 2001 and what are your memories? Post your thoughts in the comments section below! – Bill “Jett” Ramey