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Batman: Year 100 (Batman) Paperback – 25 May 2007


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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (25 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845764242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845764241
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.8 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The dark prince of comix takes Batman thirty years into the future ... Pope's grim style is perfectly suited to drawing Batman." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Paul Pope is one of the comics industry's finest creative talents. Beginning his career with the groundbreaking series THB, he exploded into DC's Vertigo imprint with the sci-fi series Heavy Liquid and 100 per cent. Highly sought-after by the fashion and advertising industries, Pope's hyper-kinetic art-style and drop-dead cool linework have graced many high-profile campaigns. Batman: Year 100 is his most recent comics project.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Cail on 14 Dec 2008
Format: Paperback
Batman has represented dozens of things over his various incarnations, and this take, which presents him as the last unknown entity in a world where nothing is private, will (I strongly doubt) ever be considered the definitive interpretation but it sure is a hell of a lot of fun.

Characterisation is light, we know who the characters are and it allows the story to hit the ground running. A pace which the comic maintains as the authorities become delightfully frustrated and batman becomes beaten, bloodied, and exhauseted but just keeps going.

Not only does Paul Pope maintain the grit and grime of his black and white artwork but also the character and presence, there isn't a panel that could be mistaken for another artist, it's lush, dark and dynamic. I'd also venture there's something from hong kong action and gangster flims mixed in, but the author makes every influence into something that's so much his own that it's hard to tell.

In summary, this is a brilliant realisation of the character and after DKR/Batman Gothic probably my favourtie Batman TPB.

There's even the Berlin Batman story included as an extra!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 May 2013
Format: Paperback
Set in 2039 (100 years after Batman debuted in Detective Comics #27 in 1939), Gotham has become a police state and the overbearing authorities know everything about everyone. A cop is killed and Batman is suspected as he was at the scene - an obvious frame job. It's also the first appearance he has made in public for years and people have forgotten his existence - is the mythological Batman real? He is nonetheless hunted by psychic cops, robot dogs, and other futuristic crime-fighting tools. In the course of finding the real killer, Batman discovers that there's a doomsday weapon being sold on the black market by the (clearly corrupt) cops in charge. Will he stop them in time...?

Year 100 is a very uneven book that I really wanted to like. There's the dystopian future angle, and the attention-grabbing title adding to the mystery of whether Batman is still Bruce Wayne (it couldn't be - could it?), both of which I liked, but while this is an initially exciting story, as it goes on Paul Pope keeps readers at a distance from the characters and this world by revealing very little information about them.

How did things get to this point - Gotham as a police state? What event triggered such an extreme reaction? If this is Bruce Wayne as Batman, how is that possible - Wayne would be somewhere around 120-150 years old, so who is Batman? What happened to his fortune? What of the rogues like the Joker? What happened to the Justice League? We're never told the answers to any of these questions.

So it's quite a limited view of the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yossarian on 18 Dec 2009
Format: Paperback
I have been a fan of the dark knight since i was a kid and have read many incarnations of the character over the years - i think this is one of the best. Paul Pope really knows what it's all about with his version of the brooding and intense Batman.

The story is action-packed and very exciting, the brush work is classic Pope which suits the material brilliantly, full of the grit and grime of a realistic city of the future. The story had me instantly hooked and i finished it all in one sitting.

Also worth mentioning, the trade paperback is very well printed which helps to show off Pope's intricate artwork to the max and the vibrant colouring by José Villarrubia is truly great, really complimenting the art rather than detracting from it.

If you love Batman and/or Paul Pope, do yourself a favour and order the book, it's a fresh and edgy version of a classic much-loved character. A+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Max Renn on 20 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
Firstly i just want to point out i only occasionly buy and read graphic novels...

I found this to be a thrilling and inventive take the Batman legend, putting the caped crusader into a future dystopian Gotham. The artwork is loose but flows in a way that gives the action scenes great vitality and each page is packed with interesting ideas, robot dogs, telepathic fbi agents, and a batman without the hightech gadgets.

What i liked the most is you dont really find out who or what this batman is, at first anyway, so he is creepy and allusive.
A great read worthy of second visits
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Format: Paperback
I did a dissertation on Batman's evolution over his 75 years of existence a while back and this absolutely my favourite version of the character. Author/artist Paul Pope skillfully sidesteps common flaws with Batman and his world that bely his plausibility; creating a dark and oppressive atmosphere in which a masked vigilante with a mythical name is truly the only hope left.

Pope's Batman is grounded, wounds he suffers in the story's opening stages are carried throughout the entire saga, and his utility belt carries things someone in his line with of work would actually carry, like smoke bombs and a phone; as opposed to being reduced to a big yellow deus ex machina Batman's so often becomes.

This is Batman book many will overlook because of Pope's unconventional art style. But to do so is to do yourself a disservice.
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