Batman: Year One - Deluxe Edition Paperback – Special Edition, 27 Apr 2007
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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.
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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.
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!
The story concerns the return of Bruce Wayne to Gotham City, after training abroad for 12 years, now ready and prepared to wage his one-man war on crime. At the same time, police officer James Gordon and his pregnant wife move to Gotham. The story follows these two main protagonists.
Wayne initially goes out in disguise, and gets caught-up in a crime scene – only barely managing to survive. After returning to his mansion, he sits and ponders his actions … when a bat crashes through the window. Inspired by the bat, so Batman is truly born. Meanwhile, Gordon is seeking to rid the police of corruption – resulting in several other officers attacking him, and threating his wife. Yet Gordon refuses to give in, and stands up to the corrupt cops.
Over time, both Batman and Gordon start making names for themselves – and crime and corruption in Gotham is in decline. It is now that Gordon becomes interested in arresting the vigilante crime fighter. Unfortunately, the villains get evidence that Gordon has had an affair – and they seek to use this against him. But Batman gets involved … and, in the final showdown, the Dark Knight rescues Gordon’s infant child, with Gordon himself deciding not to arrest the vigilante.
This is intended to be the adventures of Batman during his first year as the caped crusader – hence the title. It’s a dark, foreboding, and highly realistic portrayal of Batman. This deluxe paperback edition comes with plenty of ‘bonus’ features – including conceptual art work and an introduction.
But for me, the best Batman is written by Miller. Maybe it's because I like his writing style, or maybe it's because his fairly dark writing style really suits Batman.
Or it could just be that the very first comic I read as adult was Dark Night Returns. That's the comic that made me realize that comics weren't just a bunch of silly bulls*** stories for kids.
Whatever the reason, this comic is in that fine Frank Miller style. Showing Batman and Gordon at the beginning of their lives. Both of them making mistakes. Both of them learning about their city. Both of them paying for their mistakes....
Yeah. If you're into Batman and you haven't read this one, you're missing out. You should try it
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.Read more ›
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This is a great way to get into the Bat-freak universe. I absolutely loved it. The art is a bit out dated, in my opinion, but it's still appealing and blends perfectly with the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Danilo Domingos
Super small book. I like the style of writing, very cool and matter of fact, reminds me of old Micky Spillane detective books. Illustrations are very good and detailed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by H. Nieuwenhuizen
Outstanding comic book. Package arrived slightly damp however and this affected the comic book.Published 6 months ago by Alan McLoughlin