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Batman: Year One by Frank Miller

Batman: Year One (edition 2007)

by Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli (Illustrator)

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Title:Batman: Year One
Authors:Frank Miller
Other authors:David Mazzucchelli (Illustrator)
Info:DC Comics (2007), Paperback, 144 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Batman (Bruce Wayne), Catwoman (Selina Kyle), comics, DC Comics, Gotham City, action, police, Commissioner Jim Gordon, Year One (DC Comics series), origin stories, mystery, fiction, superheroes, crime, mobsters, mafia, Two-Face (Harvey Dent), orphans, depression

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Excellent book. Mostly told from Gordan's point of view. An excellent introduction to Gotham city and the background to what Batman is trying to achieve. ( )
  bhutton | Oct 12, 2014 |
Batman: Year One by Frank Miler, David Mazzucchelli, and Richmond Lewis – This graphic novel (first published in 1986) is widely thought to be one of the two greatest Batman novels ever written (the other being Batman: The Dark Knight Returns). Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City after twelve years abroad, and he returns with a purpose. He intends to do battle with the violent criminals and corrupt politicians who have taken control of the city. This book begins on January 4th and reveals Batman’s development as a crime fighter, from his first experimental and imperfect efforts until he becomes a brutal punisher of criminals in December. It’s a very engaging story by Frank Miller that is significantly enhanced by David Mazzucchelli’s terrific illustrations, with help from colorist, Richmond Lewis, and Lettering by Todd Klein. ( )
  clark.hallman | Jun 29, 2014 |
Like my review of Dark Knight Returns, I originally read this story in the 1990s in a leatherbound collection of Frank Miller's Batman stories (until that time). I remembered not liking this story all that much back then, but upon this second reading I really enjoyed it. The art especially has a certain characteristic that I enjoy.

DC recently released a new origin of Batman that seemed a poor update of Miller's canon story. Having read a small snippet of that new story, and it doesn't hold a candle to Year One. This is THE Batman origin. Don't bother with substitutions.

Miller's dark take on the Dark Knight paired with David Mazzucchelli's understated style brings a level of realism to the character that you can see emulated by Christopher Nolan in his movie trilogy and current creative teams in the comic book realm. Even though DC has restarted the franchise, Miller's Year One still holds true. ( )
  Bradley_Kramer | May 15, 2014 |
This is one helluva story. Jim Gordon has never been to Gotham before, his wife is pregnant, the police are corrupted, and there is no Batman... Not to spoil things more, but this story simply gets me. I get excited even by hearing the name of his book. I would definitely recommend it to everybody, the storyline is that great, the artwork is superb... ( )
  zomicks | Mar 26, 2014 |
When DC decided to 'modernise' their characters, they ran into a problem with Batman: his dark origin story already fitted the direction they were trying to go. So instead of redoing his origin story, they decided to fill in the blanks with Year One.

Year One tells the story of Bruce Wayne stepping back into Gotham City, finally ready to avenge his parents. It's also the story of Gordon, not yet a commissioner, who takes a job in Gotham for the sake of his wife and learns just what it takes to be a cop in the world's most corrupt city. Lastly, it's the story of Selina, who realises there are better jobs out there than walking the streets.

The included extras are some of the best I've ever seen. There's cover art from the printed single-volume comics and previous collections of Year One, scripts, a short autobiographical comic by David Mazzucchelli with examples of his older work, and some examples of the colouring differences between the original comic and the printed collections. I'm particularly fond of the last two extras: the autobiographical story is a short and fun read, and the colouring comparisons really showcase what a great change the new colours make to the story. ( )
  EMaree | Feb 11, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Miller, FrankWriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mazzucchelli, DavidIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kidd, ChipPublication Designsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, RichmondColoristsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Neil, DennisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Neil, DennyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0930289331, Paperback)

Whether you grew up reading Batman comics, watched the campy television show, or eagerly await each new movie, this is the book for you. A retelling of the events that led to Bruce Wayne's becoming Batman, this book combines Frank Miller's tight film-noir writing with David Mazucchelli's solid artwork.

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The story of how Batman's career started, told in graphic novel form.

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