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Batman: Year One - Deluxe Edition [Special Edition] [Paperback]

Frank Miller , David Mazzuchelli
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27 April 2007
From master storyteller Frank Miller ("Batman: The Dark Knight Returns", "Sin City") comes the most incredible Batman story of all...and the inspiration for the worldwide smash-hit movie "Batman Begins!" Lieutenant James Gordon takes up a new post in the crime-ridden and corrupt city of Gotham, while billionaire Bruce Wayne returns to the scene of his parents' deaths, intent on avenging their memory. Each faces trials and challenges of their own, only for their lives to become irrevocably and potentially tragically intertwined...This all-new, deluxe edition features new introductions by Miller and Mazzuchelli, pencils, promotional and unseen art, script pages and much more.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; De Luxe Ed edition (27 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845761588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845761585
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
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"The staggering storytelling of Frank Miller... quality stuff!" NME"

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The story of Gotham City's Dark Knight ... who he is and how he came to be. One of the most successful and critically acclaimed Batman stories of all - now back in print. From master storyteller Frank Miller comes the most incredible Batman story of all ... one that at last reveals the truth behind the Dark Knight's very first year as a crimefighter!

Lieutenant James Gordon takes up a new post in the crime-ridden and corrupt city of Gotham, while billionaire Bruce Wayne returns to the scene of his parent's deaths, intent on punishing the criminal element. Each faces trials and challenges of their own, only for their lives to become irrevocably and potentially tragically intertwined. And as the shadow of the bat falls on Gotham, so a legend is born.

'The staggering storytelling of Frank Miller ... quality stuff!' NME --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Detective Story 20 Jan 2004
Following the time after I read Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns", whenever I hear the name "Batman", my mind immediately conjures up a vision of a lonely, troubled, ordinary man who, night by night, uses his detective skills to apprehend the criminals. He moves in the shadows and strikes fear into all those who are guilty and he. Never. Smiles.
Thanks to Miller, comic book writers proceeding after "Dark Knight Returns" have, for the most part, remained true to this vision. "Batman: Year One" is such an example and is truly a seminal body of work in the Batman canon.
"Batman: Year One" introduces us to two main characters, one being the aforementioned Dark Knight and the other being his most trusting friend and ally, (Lieutenant) James Gordon. The story is interwoven between these two men of Gotham City. Bruce Wayne has returned after having spent twelve years abroad with only one thing firmly rooted in his mind: to catch the bad guys. This desire runs parallel to (new cop in town) Gordon's own, in his case with addition to dealing with a corrupt police force.
Which is the beauty of this story. We see two men, one working for the law, and the other outside it, trying to come to terms with what they have to face. Gordon hates his job and corrupt superiors, regrets that his wife is bringing a child into this godforsaken city and has an affair to forget his troubles. Bruce Wayne/Batman on the other hand, has to come to deal with how he can strike fear into the hearts of men and maintain the image of a social elite at the same time. Something tells me they will get the hang of it.
Mazzuchelli's artwork is beautiful. Although I have always been a comic book fan, I've never really cared for the art unless it fails to help the story along. In this case, it does so much more.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Batman story ever. 29 Mar 2006
Although Frank Miller is better known for the like of comic book classics like Sin City or The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One has got to be his best. Miller completely redefined Batman for a new generation, and yet again completely de-camped the character to being so grim and gritty that it is hard to imagine that he was ever treated like a joke. The story follows Bruce Wayne returning to Gotham after a 12 year abscence, and Jim Gordon arriving there as a Lieutenant. Gotham city has become a place owned by crime, depression, and corruption. While Jim Gordon discovers that he is one of the only honest cops around, Bruce Wayne realises that he is one of the only honest citiznes around. After as distarous first attempt to fight crime, Bruce learns that he must use fear in a city like this, and so becomes the Batman.
Although Batman: Year One could be considered more a Gordon book than a Batman one, when Batman appears every time it is amazing. Miller manages to once again take Batman, change him, and make him so much better. An absolute classic.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First comic ever read, and I liked it! 24 July 2008
First off: This review is only for comic book noobs, like myself!

I was recommended 2 comics to start me off on the road of comic reading, The Watchmen and Batman: Year One (due to the Batman Begins film being loosely based around this book). I read Batman first as it's much shorter, and wow, I feel like I've missed out on another world all these years! I was really suprised that the film was glammed up in comparison to at least this comic. It's very dark and Gotham really is messed up!

I almost couldn't put it down. The art work was great to look at and told a lot of the story that wasn't told in writing. I'm not sure if all comics are this clever, but I was impressed with the subtle story telling of the artwork.

Anyway, I was pretty sure that I'd not like comic books, but having read this one, I'm very excited to start The Watchmen, and have ordered a few more Batman novels to get my teeth sunk into. So well recommended for the first time reader I'd say as it's not too fantastical as some of the stuff I browsed over in the comic book store!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gordon and Gotham 2 Aug 2011
This is a great milestone in the Batman mythos, as the introduction indicates Frank Miller (whose other work I will definitely consider reading after reading this) had already written the "omega" of Batman with his story featuring an older Bruce Wayne compelled to come out of retirement in Batman: Dark Knight Returns and this is Miller's "alpha" with Bruce Wayne's conception of Batman and first foray into vigilantism.

The book is comprised of a few introductory pages, the story itself, followed by some storyboards with narrative from the artist, an afterword by Miller and the covers, preliminary sketches, some scripting of dialogue and stages in production and an early "comic" sketched at a young age by the artist and recounted in their piece. This is excellent and really serves to clarify what DC was doing at the time this book was commissioned, in the eighties revival and revitalisation was being sought for comics heroes such as Batman, and, most importantly, it also focuses on the differences between the "pop" Batman TV series and the Bob Kane original.

This perhaps wont matter as much to readers or fans who are familiar with Batman from the reinvention or revival sparked by Tim Burton, the reaction to it and I would suggest very ill conceived attempt to return to a more "pop" Batman with movies like the one featuring Arnie as Dr Freeze, and more recent Batman Begins and Dark Knight movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So good my ex stole it
Great story, I'm not normally a big fan of batman but the early years make for a compelling read
I would give this 5 stars but it was stolen by my ex so the thought of no... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it :D
early years of batman and how he becomes the BAT also shows gordon become the man beating the s*** outa the crupt and being the stratagist and god he is.
Published 28 days ago by Dylan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
One of my all time favourite comic's books. Great story line great ark work. Highly recommended for any batman fans
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Jenkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly short.
Good read but SO short. The last third of the book is about the book itself and not plot related.
Published 2 months ago by T!m
5.0 out of 5 stars Comic book noir
A darker, more adult take on the origin of Batman, this is quite simply absolutely essential reading for any Batman fan or any comic book fan for that matter. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. R. W. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Daughter loves it
Published 2 months ago by m j ashmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
As a rule I'm not much of a fan of Frank Miller, to many that may seem to be blasphemy but up until now I hadn't read anything if his that I particularly liked. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars How the hero was born!
This graphic novel shows you how a troubled Bruce Wayne took his journey to becoming the cape crusader, brilliant art work and fantastic story. Also shows how Gordon met Batman. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dominic Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
delivery was fast and the item is as described
Published 2 months ago by travis lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to reading Batman!
This was one of the first trade paperbacks I bought, and I have to say I couldn't have chosen a better book to start with. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin
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