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Inspiration, in part, for Batman Begins,
This review is from: Batman: Year One - Deluxe Edition (Paperback)
I bought this along with The Killing Joke and Batman : Dark Knight Returns to get a grounding in the comic book side of Batman. I couldn't have done better.
There are a number of elements that this book has contributed to recent reboot of the Batman franchise on the silver screen but more than enough left untold to keep your interest. If anything, it feels like the films are a cheap rip off.
It's an excellent telling of the initial forays, both successful and not, into crime fighting. Coupled with the struggle Gordon meets after transferring to Gotham City which provides a baptism of fire for both of these endearing characters.
If you want to fill in a few gaps in the Batman ethos, the three book I've outlined are a great place to start.