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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd edition edition (13 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140124937X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401249373
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 2.4 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Amazing."--IGN "A richer experience for readers who have been plugged in to the "Zero Year" tale from the beginning and an even deeper experience for longtime fan."--CBR "Snyder and Capullo are inextricably tied to Batman for all time. Your children's children reading Batman will marvel at them, the way fans do now at Kirby & Lee."--CRAVEONLINE

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Scott Snyder is the bestselling and award-winning writer of "Batman, American Vampire" and "Swamp Thing" as well as the short story collection "Voodoo Heart. "He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYU and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Squirr-el TOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Dec. 2014
Format: Hardcover
The stand-alone stories from issue #25 of the following New 52 titles from DC Comics - Action Comics, Batgirl, Batwing, Batwoman, Birds of Prey, Catwoman, Detective Comics (Gordon of Gotham), The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern Corps, Nightwing and Red Hood and the Outlaws - are collected, along with the framing issues of Batman #24 & #25, as DC Comics Zero Year HC (The New 52) (Batman).

These stories are all "flashbacks" set roughly five years before the present, during the `Zero Year' events taking place in the framing Batman issues, in which, in #24, the Riddler causes a blackout of Gotham City as a superstorm approaches, which leads to looting flooding and associated panic, looting and mayhem. These stories are of varying quality and importance to the characters. The Red Hood story has so much packed into it that it is an essential Batman story, and is a direct sequel to Batman #24 and a lead-in to the later "Death of the Family" storyline, for example. The Flash story shows Barry and Iris's first meeting, in Gotham, during the storm. The Catwoman story sees the `origin' of the Catwoman's Modus Operandi (if that's how it is spelled). Action Comics tells us what happened to Lana Lang. The Green Lantern Corps story shows us John Stewart in a Marine Corps unit rescuing civilians from the storm.

These stories, all set in Gotham, or in Action Comics' case, during the superstorm, don't interact with each other at all, or really with the Batman storyline - and they should be considered to be an extra `Issue Zero' for most of the characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JFB on 14 Jan. 2015
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Bought this for a friends son turning 12 so was pleased it was dark but not ultra violent.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Agg on 24 April 2015
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Not as good as I expected.

Artwork is very good, but the stories aren't as standout as I was hoping.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
NOT the Full Zero Year Story... 17 Nov. 2014
By Christopher Karm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Amazon dropped the ball on the description. DC solicited the book as the Zero Year tie-ins. Be warned, this is NOT the full Batman: Zero Year storyline.

That being said, the tie-ins are pretty fun and this is a good jumping off point for batman fans to get introduced to some of the rest of the DC Universe.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Compelling Compendium 6 Jan. 2015
By Michael Pettit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
To be clear, this is a companion book to the arc established in 'Batman Volume 4: Zero Year - Secret City' and 'Batman Volume 5: Zero Year - Dark City,' so if you're looking for the complete narrative, buy all three books together. You will not be disappointed.

That being said, these are some very interesting tie-ins to the larger Zero Year story, including flashback issues for prominent figures in the Bat family, including Batgirl, Batwoman, Catwoman, Jim Gordon, Nightwing, Batwing, Black Canary, and Red Hood, as well as other DC properties like Superman, Green Lantern, the Flash, and Green Arrow. Like 'Night of the Owls' or 'Joker: Death of the Family,' this volume is a "variety act" sort of book, and the quality of the artwork and writing goes up and down from issue to issue, but is generally above average and sometimes exceptional.

This is not exactly a Batman book; it's a DC book led by Batman. It gives insight into a variety of characters as they prepare for the titanic hurricane Rene to batter Gotham City while the Riddler unveils his master plan. For any fans following the New 52 Batman reboot or the Zero Year narrative, this is a must-have. I highly recommend it.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not a bad read, but you're better off sticking to the volumes of the main series. 7 Nov. 2014
By T. Stuart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of volume releases when it comes to comic books, so I've been collecting quite a few of The New 52 series, Batman, Detective Comics, Superman, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, Justice League, Flash, and I even purchased Trinity War, Forever Evil, and Death of the Family. When I saw Zero year I was kind of excited, but be for warned, this book isn't quite what it appears to be...

Before I get into the negatives I would like to state that this isn't a bad read. The stories are quite interesting and overall I came away satisfied. The problem comes from the fact this reads more like a compilation than a full story. I bought the book hoping to read some of the more iconic heroes arrival into The New 52, but this is really just a couple of side stories and one larger arc with multiple angles of a single event, a hurricane hitting Gotham. In the end I got a compilation book that I don't necessarily regret buying, but I don't feel like it was something I needed. I will admit that in the future I might regret it more once I buy more of the Batman volumes and get a bunch of the chapters again. I am only 3 volumes into The New 52 Batman series and the next two look like they will be covering Zero Year. Also even though I haven't started Green Arrow yet, that is one of the next series on my list so I'll probably get some of those chapters again too. That is when I will feel like I wasted a bit of my money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Its a quick tease of each of the "New 52" ... 10 Mar. 2015
By Scott Carner - Published on Amazon.com
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Its a quick tease of each of the "New 52" origin stories. I thought I was buying a new look at Bruce Wayne's first year as he becomes Batman. Nope. I get a quick mini story from his first year and then a quick tease of a story from every other character as well. Again... maybe it describes itself as just that, but for whatever reason that's not the description I recall reading
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fine collection of the origin stories of the Batman family of characters, plus a few others! 19 Feb. 2015
By N. Beitler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Title: DC Comics: Zero Year (HC)
Publisher: DC
Writers: Various
Artists: Various
Collects: Batman #24-25, Action Comics #25, Batgirl #25, Batwing #25, Batwoman #25, Birds of Prey #25, Detective Comics #25, The Flash #25, Green Arrow #25, Green Lantern Corps #25, Nightwing #25, Red Hood and the Outlaws #25
Price: $34.99

We're two years into the "New 52" reboot of the DC Universe, and it's time to share some origin stories! This book is a collection of origin stories for a large part of the New 52 universe. The majority of the stories in this book focus on characters that are based in the vicinity of Gotham City, though there are some others in the mix, too. The entire Batman family of books is in here, of course, but we also have Flash and Green Arrow and Superman stories. Central to all of the stories is a severe super storm that is bearing down on Gotham City. The power outages and strained and limited police and emergency services make perfect opportunities for ne'er-do-wells to plunder the city or advance their nefarious schemes. Into the chaos step all sorts of budding heroes to take a stand for the wellbeing of the citizenry.

I had read the Batman portions of this story over in his own book (Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year-Secret City (The New 52) (Batman (DC Comics Paperback)), Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year - Dark City (The New 52)), but most of these others I hadn't read before. Most of the stories were good, and several of them introduced me to characters I wasn't really familiar with, such as the new Batwing. The issue that focused solely on a younger Jim Gordon was also a nice surprise. If you are a fan of any DC comic, in particular, chances are there is something in this book that will appeal to you.

Art throughout the book is well above average. Many, many artists' contributions are in this book, so there are a lot of different looks to the issues, but it's all high-quality stuff. There wasn't a single issue that I disliked.

This is a giant hardcover edition - weighing in at 448 pages. DC somehow kept the cost on this book at a mere $35. Any book of this size that Marvel publishes these days usually has a MSRP of $75. That price difference is pretty dramatic, and the DC books are usually a much better deal than the Marvel titles. This book is a fine example of the price difference between the two. If you are looking to purchase this book through amazon, you're likely to get it even cheaper. (At the time of this review, amazon is selling this book at a mere $25! I happened to pick this book up from my library to read, as there really wasn't enough in it that strongly interested me to warrant a purchase. Still, the book is a great value for those who are interested in the majority of the titles collected in it.

Writing: 7/10
Artwork: 8/10
Cool Factor: 8/10
Value: 9/10

Overall: 8/10
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