7. Batman #1
When people talk about the definitive Batman creators, they will invariably mention names like Bob Kane and Bill Finger or Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams. The latest names to appear on that small yet prestigious list are Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. While a lot of the New 52 initiative that DC launched back in 2011 may have made its way to the bargain bin, Snyder and Capullo's run on Batman would come to define the character for the 21st century.
Snyder was coming fresh off a critically acclaimed run on Detective Comics when DC rebooted its universe; Capullo was returning to mainstream comics for the first time in nearly two decades. The legendary run the two would go on, first with the Batman title and then with the larger DC universe in the various Metal series, had humble roots.
The first issue of Batman would split its focus between Dark Knight and Bruce Wayne. It would show each side of the character and their efforts to save Gotham city. Readers would see the new Bat-Family status quo before being thrown headlong into a horror-tinged mystery. One which would introduce dangerous new antagonists, tied directly to one of Batman’s oldest allies.