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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; De Luxe edition edition (7 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401207529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401207526
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 0.7 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
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"If there is one book that deserves mention in the same breath as "Watchmen" or "The Dark Knight Returns," it's" Batman: Year One.""--Miami Herald "This is a story no true Batman fan should be able to resist."--School Library Journal

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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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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Vote for Pedro on 29 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "spookysheikh" on 20 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
Batman Year One.
Deluxe Edition.
144 Pages.
Written By Frank Miller.
Illustrations By David Mazucchelli.

Plot Synopsis.
Lieutenant James Gordon takes up a new post in the crime-ridden & corrupt city of Gotham, while billionaire Bruce Wayne returns to the scene of his parent's deaths, intent on punishing the criminal element.

Each of these men faces trials & challenges of their own, only for their lives to become irrevocably and potentially tragically intertwined as the shadow of the bat falls on Gotham, so a legend rises in the name of Batman as together he & Jim Gordon will battle against the criminals & corruption of Gotham City aided by Assistant district attorney Harvey Dent.

Timelord thoughts.
This is an outstanding graphic novel by the brilliant Frank Miller who has created a excellent origin story with many of this storys elements featuring in 2005's Batman Begins especially the excellent ending were Jim Gordon now promoted to Commissioner meets Batman on the Police rooftop informing him a man who goes by the name of Joker is planning to poison Gotham Citys reservoirs is a clever masterstroke.

Writer Frank Miller delivers gritty realism showing Bruce Wayne becoming a orphan when his parents are murdered in front of him as Miller taps into Bruce Waynes psyche & his training to become more than just a man allowing Bruce Wayne to make mistakes at first while he slowly hones in on detective & fighting skills & use of gadgetry as slowly Batman becomes the Dark Knight of Gotham City & how he as Batman can strike fear into the hearts of criminals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
You know the classics of literature - War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, Middlemarch? There are aspects to them to appreciate and patient readers can be rewarded greatly with those books. But let's be honest - most of us view classics as a bit of a chore. But what about classic comics? Kind of the same thing, but not for so many. Some classic comics, Marvel and DC especially, are tough to read because the stories from the 40s and 50s are so badly written and cheesy, and the art is hit or miss, though most of them possess a guileless charm to them that makes them easier to stomach. When it comes to comics, no character stands taller than Batman, and no Batman book has more of a reputation than Year One. Is it a chore to read? No. Has it aged poorly? Not even a bit. Does it deserve it's title as a true bona fide classic? (Austin Powers voice) Yeah, baby!

Year One is Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli's retelling of Batman's origin and through their retelling they set the tone and standard for all other Batman books that followed. A 25 year old Bruce Wayne returns to a nightmarish Gotham City riddled with crime at the same time as an older but still young James Gordon, recently transferred to the GCPD and entering Gotham City for the first time. Both men have a clear mission: to clean up the streets of crime and make Gotham habitable for decent, hardworking folks.

Some readers have wondered why Gordon gets as much space - maybe more - as Bruce Wayne in this book and the answer is simple: they're both two sides of the same coin. The very first Batman story opens with Bruce and Jim sitting, talking about crime, and Jim is arguably Batman's best friend.
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