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Batman:Year One [Paperback]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a new origin, just an enhanced one 8 Feb 2014
By Gareth Simon TOP 100 REVIEWER
This story – ‘Batman: Year One’ – was published in Batman issues #404-407 in 1986, where I first read it, back in the day. It is not a ‘new’ origin story, but an expansion on the events surrounding the beginning of the Bat-Man’s career, as on January 4 (as date-stamped on the first panel), we meet Lieutenant James Gordon on the train into Gotham, wishing he’s taken the plane, just as Bruce Wayne is flying in to Gotham, thinking that he should have taken the train… The final panel is date-stamped December 3, closing off the first year, and the establishing of the Batman in Gotham. The story flows smoothly, and apparently continuously through the four issues, so you don’t feel the passage of time, as the date-stamping means that we can skip over the ‘down time’, keeping up the impetus, avoiding the sitting around waiting for wounds to heal, gathering intelligence, having a bat fly through the window, the wearing of a costume, and building up the Batman’s street cred. We just see the key points, as it were. Overt the year, James Gordon takes on the corrupt police, Harvey Dent takes on the crooks, and Bruce Wayne learns the lessons that help him build up the Batman myth, aiding the other two as he goes along, and eventually establishing the lasting relationships with those two characters. We also see Selina Kyle establish the Catwoman identity in imitation of the Batman, and the last panel has Captain James Gordon, on the roof of Police HQ, waiting for ‘a friend’ to help out with somebody who has threatened to poison Gotham’s reservoir - “calls himself the Joker” (which, by the way, leads into Ed Brubaker’s ‘Year Two’ story, Batman The Man Who Laughs TP (Joker). Read more ›
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