Naturally, this book is a bit out of date, considering it was created for the 50th anniversary of the Caped Crusader. That means great stories like the Killing Joke aren’t in here, and thankfully none of the New 52 dreck either.
Pretty much any collection of Batman stories is a good read, no matter from what era they come from. This has a lot of interesting ones, from Wein & Simonson’s excellent take on the Calendar Man, Alan Brennert allowing the Dark Knight to save his parents on an alternate world, Carmine Infantino drawing the Blockbuster for the first time, the Joker and the Penguin teaming up in the golden age, O’Neil and Adams providing a great Two-Face tale and Englehart and Rogers reviving Deadshot.
Strangely, yet thankfully, the over-reprinted “Case of the Chemical Syndicate”, the very first Batman story is NOT included.
Good, solid comic book reading for an afternoon or two.