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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.
'The staggering storytelling of Frank Miller ... quality stuff!' NME --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Year One was a late eighties reboot of the character following DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline, penned by veteran writer Frank Miller (who had previously given us an older Batman in The Dark Knight Returns) and drawn by the excellent David Mazzuchelli, and as a result it gives us a fresh look at Batman's origin story and suggested a slightly different take on his development as the dark knight and the start of his burgeoning relationship between himself and James Gordon. As is typical of Miller's work, this is a grittier and darker story than earlier readers would have been familiar with, and has since gone on to be considered almost seminal by Batman fans.
As an origin story, this book gives us plenty of opportunities to see Batman stumble, though by the end of the story he's most definitely found his feet as Gotham's unofficial protector. There's also the obligatory run-ins between Batman and the police, especially Jim Gordon (who is just a lowly detective in this one), and the fact that most of those police are just as corrupt as the villains they're supposed to be working against makes for some interesting (and explosive) action throughout. By the end of the story Batman's not only delivered a crushing blow to the city's organised crime syndicates but has also helped Gordon begin the slow process of cleaning house at the Gotham Police Department.
While it could be argued that Miller can (and regularly is) unkind to his female characters (Selina Kyle is relegated from her role as an accomplished cat burglar to a side-role as a prostitute), that doesn't entirely detract from the fact that this is a fun and enjoyable book, and I'd strongly recommend it to anyone who's even mildly interested in Batman's early days in Gotham City.
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
Throughout this time, I've considered many times but have never, to my shame, been the owner of an actual Batman comic book!
Having done a little research online, this was the 'go to' Batman comic for the beginner. It is written by Frank Miller of Sin City fame and drawn by David Mazucchelli. The artwork is fantastic and the style is actually closer to the old school camp Batman to the more gothic, post 1980's darker style I'm more familiar with.
The story, as the title suggests, it chronicles the first year of Bruce Wayne's tenure as Batman and Jim Gordon's first year on the GCPD, their paths inevitably intertwine and some other familiar faces on the way.
The story is very interesting as we come across a rookie Bruce Wayne who, despite having spent a considerable amount of time training for his chosen 'profession' is very green and unsure of what he wants to achieve and certainly how to go about it. He gets himself involved in very precarious situations which at times leaves him knocking on Death's door, but we all know he'll survive at least this continuity! Jim Gordon is probably even deeper water as he tries to nullify the numerous rogue elements in the GCPD, without mentioning his private life...
Altogether, I would say a great intro to the Dark Knight comics, loses a mark for me for lack of any real villains and isn't quite as amazing as I was lead to believe (in my opinion anyway) nonetheless, it's done the job and I will definitely buy my second pretty soon!