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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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C'um camandro!
Que maravilha!

[É tão lamentável que, com o passar dos anos, o Frank Miller se haja revelado aquele tipo cujas opiniões políticas merecem um santuário à deprimência...] ( )
  Ritinha_ | Aug 26, 2015 |
Nobody should ever write for Batman except Frank Miller. ( )
  LJMax | Aug 21, 2015 |
Since the Crisis on Infinite Earths, many a writer has gone back to Batman's early days and worked and reworked them, building up an improbably crammed timeline. That all began here, and it's easy to see why Batman: Year One has so many imitators. It works. This is Batman stripped down to his essential core-- one man in the night against the forces of crime. I've previously reviewed it at length, and rereading that review at length, I don't think I have much to add to it, other than that the contribution of David Mazzucchelli cannot be understated. I know people (including him, I believe) like to dismiss his contributions to the superhero genre in favor of stuff like City of Glass, but this is really really good. Mazzucchelli has a beautiful simplicity of style, and an economy of storytelling. Sometime I think artists interpret "gritty" as adding a lot of grimy details, but for Mazzucchelli it's about going to the basics to make you feel it like you're there. This is one of those cases where the oversized pages of the "deluxe edition" are definitely worth it.

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  Stevil2001 | Aug 9, 2015 |
Having just re-read The Dark Knight Returns, it got me thinking that I had actually never read Miller's Year One storyline. Figured it was about time to correct that.

Frank Miller follows up his dark return of the Batman in Dark Knight by going back to the beginning and exploring what the very first year of Bruce Wayne's career as the Caped Crusader might have looked. Before he was an established figure in his premiere appearance in Detective Comics back in 1939, what were the first steps he took to begin his war on crime in Gotham?

Of course, Miller also decides to focus on Jim Gordon and his first year in Gotham. What can a good cop expect in the dark, corrupt town of Gotham? What happens when he doesn't play ball with Commissioner Loeb and his flunky Flass? How will he deal with bringing a child into this awful world he and his wife are living in? Will the forces against him go too far and involve his family?

Miller gets into the story of Gotham before the Bat. Bruce Wayne returns from his twelve year sojourn after the death of his parents and gets to work. With the fantastic artwork of David Mazzucchelli and beautiful coloring of Richmond Lewis, Miller even gets to show his vision of the defining moment when Bruce sees that bat fly in his window, creating a much more dark and terrifying vision than the first version artwork provided.

If you're a Batman fan, especially of the Nolan movie run or the current Gotham TV show, this one is definitely worth a read. You get to see where a lot of their concepts started. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Jul 19, 2015 |
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 |
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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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