Today my dad emailed me an odd request. He sent me a link to an amazon page for the essential Batman cyclopedia and asked me if it was a good start for understanding the world of Batman comics. Looking at the book, it's very out of date, being published in 2008 and would likely just confuse him.
This isn't the first time he has tried to get into comics, to my knowledge he tried reading Judge Dredd and Spawn but neither worked. I know he is reading the Walking Dead comic but I don't know how he is doing with that.
Can anyone help, I'm thinking of suggesting Batman Year One and the Long Halloween but I don't know If that would relevant since the New 52 and would just confuse him even more.
What are the best book or books for him to get the best understanding of the characters and story of Batman that are easy for someone who is a starter of comics?
Also of the New52 Batman books, are the best written, least crossover heavy (because I know he hates that about comics and just want his story self-contained without needing to read other comics to understand it) and easy for starters?
Update: My father has given more details, He likes the Darkness of the Nolan films but also likes the Gothic style of Tim Burton films and dislikes the camp of the Adam West era.