Because Morrison's Batman has me digging back through Batman and Detective back issues and reading as much Batman stuff as I can, I guess you could say I'm in a Batman phase right now.
I'm a guy who has never followed characters--I'll drop a title if I don't like the creators (although I'll always give them a couple of issues to win me over), and I don't really ever think in terms of favorite characters. I've said before that choosing a comic because you like the characters is like choosing a book because you like the nouns. I look to the writers first--characters are only as interesting as their writers make them.
With that said, I did go through an obsessive Legion of Super-Heroes phase in 2006-2007, to prepare for the Teenagers from the Future project (available soon--there's been another delay with the publisher, but don't worry--it's still coming!), and now I guess Batman's on my mind. I picked up every hardcover Batman collection at my local comic shop and I've been digging through my longboxes, reading Batman stuff I haven't read in years. I even reread "Broken City," which I really didn't like at the time, but now I find fascinating. I think the ending is still terrible, and it's really just Sin City Batman, but Risso's art is gorgeous and Azzarello's terse narrative creates a unique vision of Gotham City. The plot is a mess, but the mood is terrific.
And, as I mentioned in a recent Splash Page installment, I've been reading every Neal Adams Batman story, immersing myself in the confident and virile Batman of the Bronze Age.
So, here's the question of the day: Not including anything by Frank Miller (it's too easy to cite DKR or Year One), what is your favorite Batman issue, arc, trade paperback, episode, whatever? What's the Batman you're into and why?