Batman: Year One (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
ISBN: 1401207529
EAN13: 9781401207526
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 1, 2007
Pages: 136
Dimensions: 0.31" H x 10.2" L x 6.65" W
Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

In 1986, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli produced this groundbreaking reinterpretation of the origin of Batman--who he is, and how he came to be. Sometimes careless and naive, this Dark Knight is far from the flawless vigilante he is today.

In his first year on the job, Batman feels his way around a Gotham City far darker than the one he left. His solemn vow to extinguish the town's criminal element is only half the battle; along with Lieutenant James Gordon, the Dark Knight must also fight a police force more corrupt than the scum in the streets.

Batman: Year One stands next to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns on the mantle of greatest Batman graphic novels of all time. Timeless in its appeal, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's masterpiece would stand apart from the crowded comics field even today.

This edition includes the complete graphic novel, a new introduction by writer Frank Miller and a new illustrated afterword by artist David Mazzucchelli. Completing this collection are over 40 pages of never-before-seen developmental material such as character and layout sketches, sample script pages, sketches, and more that pro-vide a glimpse into the making of this contemporary classic.

This volume collects Batman #404-407.

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   One of the best ways into modern Batman comics.
Two of the most important story arcs and settings of tone for Batman are Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and this. Both Burton and Nolan films have a resemblance to Miller's work on Batman. Batman Year One goes back to the origins of Batman, but with the city ofGotham being more corrupt and violent than before. One gets a sense of desperation from using Gordon as a main character in addition to Bruce Wayne. The noir elements of Batman are developed in Year One, but it's not as bleak as Dark Knight Returns, but it's still a good book. Gordon is shown as more corruptible than Wayne, but both develop into their current identities. It's one of the best ways to read Batman.
 
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   Great Place to Start
Excellent comic. If you like movies like me, you will love this comic. It's still original and interesting. This is the place to start with Batman comics.
 
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   the beginning?
I read long halloween and dark victory first. I recommend reading this before these because it sets the scene for the batman universe that was being created by DC. The story is compelling and the art work is great. I can't emphasize enough how Mr. Miller can be either great or terrible. Even though he writes them as prostitutes, there are some interesting women in this piece.
 
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   A must read for Batman fans, and a great read for anyone else
A must read. I think it is even better than Miller's The Dark Knight Returns no Robin, no mutants, a spotlight on Jim Gordon and a really dark Dark Knight. I'm not a fan of the art, but it's otherwise perfect. If you like the movie, I recommend you see it because it is very close to the story and has an updated appearance.
 
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   Purchased as a gift
I gave it to my girlfriend because of its critical praise. She's a fan of Batman so I'm sure she'll enjoy it. The book was in a padded envelope, so it had a fold when it arrived. I was really disappointed to have to press the book back into shape before I could wrap it.
 
5
   Frank and David spin gold In Batman Year 1 and Daredevil Born Again.
I was a pro comic artist and collected every Miller issue I could find. His run on Daredevil with Klaus Janson is one of my favorites. Cerebus is the only one that compares. Batman Year One and Daredevil Born Again are two of Miller's finest achievements and boast David's breakthrough work. Batman Year One is still a classic. You can't not own it. Miller, Klaus, David, or Bill Sienkiewicz are the best team efforts of the 1980's. The four talents started modern comics. Don't forget to collect it!
 
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   The Best of Modern Batman
Frank Miller is the father of the modern Batman, and his influence has been felt in Batman comics, film, and television since the late 80s. This story is a companion piece to The Dark Knight Returns. One focuses on a young Batman just beginning, and the other looks at a world weary Batman in his twilight. A classic Batman story is not the only one in Year One. It takes the cornerstones of the Batman canon and makes them fresh and new. There is a Batman that feels like he could be struggling and getting his butt kicked on city streets, instead of the lighter golden and silver age Batman. It's a great place for new readers who are unfamiliar with the comics, but can be appreciated by veteran readers. It's a must-read for new and old fans of the Batman, and it's an amazing story.
 
5
   Great story but it is for adults
As I was reading this with my son, I had to change the wording as it was an adult story with adult themes. If parents don't want their young children to associate with adult themes, this doesn't make it bad. The characters are great, the story is great, and the good guys have flaws but do their best to redeem themselves. One of the best books I read.
 
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   Worth giving a chance if for some reason you're not that into it at first.
The basis story of a favorite character. If you're jumping into a specific version, it's not necessary. Being a detective story at its core feels almost timeless. Each time I read it, I get more out of it. It's more than just about Bruce Wayne becoming Batman, it's also about Jim Gordon and the cat woman. Beautiful art. Considered one of the best. And for a good reason. There is no campyness in the action compared to other batman tales or any of the villians from Gotham that we know and love. I was 17 years old when I first read it and it was a disappointment. I've decided to re-read it many times since then, and I'm glad I stuck with it.
 
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   Son Loves It
I bought this book for my son. He likes it. He told us all about the content after he started reading it. He's 21. A Batman fan will love this gift.
 
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