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Batman: Year One by David Mazzucchelli
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Batman: Year One (original 1986; edition 1997)

by David Mazzucchelli (Writer)

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Title:Batman: Year One
Authors:David Mazzucchelli
Info:D C Comics (a division of Warner Brothers - A Time Warner Entertainment Co.) (1997), Paperback
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Batman: Year One collects Batman nos. 404-407, written by Frank Miller with art by David Mazzucchelli and color by Richmond Lewis. Following the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, which helped clean up DC’s complicated continuity, Miller and Mazzucchelli had to reintroduce Batman’s origin by returning to the tone of the earliest Bob Kane/Bill Finger stories from the late 1930s or the later tone of Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams. Having previously written Batman’s end with The Dark Knight Returns, Miller set out to give him an origin befitting that gritty future.

Batman is again a creature of the night who speaks in staccato sentences while Jim Gordon works his way from newly-arrived police lieutenant to the only man to take on Gotham’s corruption. Miller likewise re-introduces introduces Catwoman, one of the earliest Batman adversaries (she first appeared in Batman no. 1 [1940]), and District Attorney Harvey Dent, ending the story with Batman, Gordon, and Dent working more-or-less together to save Gotham. Furthermore, the story successfully addresses how Bruce Wayne manages to maintain his secret identity, especially against Gordon’s detection skills. Finally, Miller reintroduces the crime families of Gotham that later stories, like Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Batman: The Long Halloween, used as fuel for their narratives. Mazzucchelli’s art and Lewis’s colors saturate this world with the look and feel of a film noir, enabling Batman: Year One to compete with the bleakest worldviews found in crime fiction.

Less a reintroduction of Batman as a condensing of his essential parts into a single story, Batman: Year One remains the Batman’s canonical origin and set the stage for future writers to further explore Batman’s origin in stories like Batman: Year Two – Fear the Reaper, Batman: Year Three (never collected in TPB format), and the New 52’s Batman: Zero Year. This story also served as the basis for Christopher Nolan’s film, Batman Begins. This volume includes Mazzucchelli’s illustrated afterword, promotional artwork, early scripts from Miller and the artwork Mazzucchelli drew to illustrate it, a look at Lewis’s coloring process, the covers of Batman nos. 404-407, and Miller’s afterword. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Aug 4, 2018 |
[b: Batman: Year One|59980|Batman Year One|Frank Miller|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327940389s/59980.jpg|2501570] is commonly viewed among comic enthusiasts as being one of the best of the Batman titles. From it emerged the seminal idea that Batman could be something other than camp. He could be gritty, he could be dark, and perhaps most importantly - the Caped Crusader was no longer invincible simply by being the title character of these comics.

Like [b: Watchmen|472331|Watchmen|Alan Moore|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327866860s/472331.jpg|4358649], though I feel [b: Watchmen|472331|Watchmen|Alan Moore|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327866860s/472331.jpg|4358649] has stood the test of time infinitely better, [b: Batman: Year One|59980|Batman Year One|Frank Miller|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327940389s/59980.jpg|2501570] suffers from having been the first of what now is an all too common take on superheros, and Batman in particular. It was iconic enough to become a trope, yet now it just seems tired. We've seen it all before, haven't we?

That isn't to say the comic isn't worth reading. It's a pleasant little mystery. The artwork is good, the writing decent. It focuses more on Gordon, which is a nice change from other Batman comics I've read. Batman is his old nearly invincible self. He seems more akin to a Sean Connery James Bond than the Bruce Wayne we're used to. While the bravado is a bit absurd - he goes skiing after being shot in the leg, really? That's how you recuperate? It's still a machismo that I have difficulty not finding charming. It's a good example, as other reviewers have said, of depicting manliness in a way that isn't directed towards strictly teenage boys. But a teenage boy would still enjoy this book. Listen to this, Michael Bay.

Expect the usual from Frank Miller here, bullets, booze, and broads. Expect prostitutes and enthusiastic fight scenes, corruption and cynicism. Expect noir style monologues that are the stuff that dreams are made of when it comes to Batman.

While tired, while overplayed, it's still a detective comic done right. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
3.5 stars.

So, it was a pretty decent story, but kind of short... As an introduction to Batman, I guess I liked it. I don't know. I might just not be into the whole superhero thing at all...

I did like the art, in any case. ( )
  UDT | May 1, 2018 |
The great Frank Miller reboot! ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 16, 2018 |
I love me some Batman ( )
  Shahnareads | Jun 21, 2017 |
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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
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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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