- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; De Luxe Ed edition (27 April 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845761588
- ISBN-13: 978-1845761585
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.9 x 25.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Batman: Year One - Deluxe Edition Paperback – Special Edition, 27 Apr 2007
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"The staggering storytelling of Frank Miller... quality stuff!" NME"
From the Back Cover
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 the Hardcover edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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 ›
I have to admit I was a bit baffled by it all. The graphic novel is a form I just don't get!
The story seemed fragmented, more as if I was coming to it having missed the beginning. To me it also ended mid-stream, just as the narrative was getting interesting. The whole Selina strand was completely undeveloped, like the start of a story that's forgotten. I was also surprised how much Gordon dominated things.
Which brings me to Batman himself. As a fan of the film 'Batman Begins' - and given this is Year One, i.e. the origin of it all - I thought there would be a lot more substance to his backstory. But it's all quite thin and unengaging. In fact, one of my criticisms is how many gaps there are in the story telling. I assume this is intentional and as the reader you're supposed to fill these in - but I felt a bit cheated.
I don't know enough about the artwork to comment on it (though Monsieur DLR tells me it's some of the best).
So overall how was my first graphic novel experience? It was OK (hence 3 stars) I'd certainly try another but I can't say it thrilled me. Sorry to all the fans and 5 star reviewers out there. Like I said: I just don't understand the form.
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Absolutely loved this novel. The story is gripping and the art style is both dark and beautiful. Really suits batman. Gets the dark hopeless vibe of Gotham across brilliantly.Published 6 months ago by Rian M.
One of the best graphic novels I have read yet! Such a good story and take on the origin of batman! Artwork is excellent also!Published 6 months ago by liam
It is a really good comic book for those who would like to start with the modern comixology of Batman. It is tottally recommended. I loved every page of it.Published 6 months ago by Costas