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4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  135,291 Ratings  ·  1,732 Reviews
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.
Library, 104 pages
Published January 10th 2007 by Turtleback Books (first published 1987)
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J.G. Keely
This is one of those books that's been absorbed into the public consciousness so fully that, reading it now, it can be hard to see what was revolutionary about it. This book has come to define the way we think of Batman today and was influential on the darker, grittier cape comics of the eighties and early nineties.

But it is also instrumental in introducing what made that period of comics so ridiculous. It's been praised for its gritty realism, but like any Miller book, it's more sensationlist t
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Patrick
Dec 14, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To me, Batman is kinda like Pizza. By which I mean that even bad pizza is still pretty good.

But for me, the best Batman is written by Miller. Maybe it's because I like his writing style, or maybe it's because his fairly dark writing style really suits Batman.

Or it could just be that the very first comic I read as adult was Dark Night Returns. That's the comic that made me realize that comics weren't just a bunch of silly bullshit stories for kids.

Whatever the reason, this comic is in that fin
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Donovan


"Gotham City. Maybe it's all I deserve, now. Maybe it's just my time in Hell."

One of my absolute favorite Batman comics ever. It's quiet, subtle, realistic, noir. This is probably the most accessible Batman comic ever and where new readers should start, because while The Dark Knight Returns is Batman's omega, Batman Year One is his alpha.

David Mazzucchelli is sublime. He illustrates with pure balance: minimal while detailed, bright yet dark, bold yet subtle. His characters are incredibly emotiv
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Annie
Nov 02, 2015 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, comics

I received this one as a birthday present around five months back and never got round to reading this. In fact, it has been almost a decade since I last picked up a comic book. Somewhere around moving from one place to another, sorting life after graduation, this one found itself buried and waiting. Two episodes of the new Flash down and one of the Arrow, then a few of The Walking Dead, and I hate this waiting. I prefer my comic manna to be delivered in a line, to be downed one after the other i

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Sam Quixote
Nov 08, 2015 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know the classics of literature - War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, Middlemarch? There are aspects to them to appreciate and patient readers can be rewarded greatly with those books. But let's be honest - most of us view classics as a bit of a chore. But what about classic comics? Kind of the same thing, but not for so many. Some classic comics, Marvel and DC especially, are tough to read because the stories from the 40s and 50s are so badly written and cheesy, and the art is hit or miss, ...more
Melki
May 08, 2012 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never been much of a super hero fan. And to me, Batman will always be Adam West's campy TV show of my youth. Bap! Zammm! Kapow!

BUT...there's something about beginnings that appeals to me. I like watching a guy discovering and honing his powers. I'm remembering my favorite parts of two super hero movies I was forced to sit through - Spiderman on a rooftop, trying to figure out how to get his web thingamajig to work - "Um, Shazam?" and Iron Man crashing through his grand piano. Once they've g
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Mike
Ever since finishing The Caped Crusade I have had a hankering to read one of the iconic Batman stories. As many plaudits as Batman: The Dark Knight Returns has received I was more drawn to this book because it tells the story of Batman's initial forays into vigilante justice (plus I had recently seen Batman v Superman and didn't need to see them fight yet again). While this collection of comics (four to be exact) are titled Batman, this is a story just as much about Jim Gordon (the future commis ...more
Adam
Dec 13, 2007 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I'm not a big fan of superhero origin stories, so I avoided reading Batman: Year One for awhile, but I'm really glad I finally picked it up and gave it a try. This four-issue series totally blew me away. It got to the heart of everything I've always loved about Batman, while giving equal time to Commissioner Gordon (still a lieutenant in Year One). Gordon has always been one of my favorite supporting characters in Batman's world, and I think he rarely gets his due, so it was nice to read a story ...more
Anne
Meh. It was alright. It was sort of cool to see things from Gordon's perspective. I still would have liked to see a little more Bruce. I don't feel like I gained any new insight into his origins or his character. It wasn't awful, I was just hoping for more.
Jonathan

Year One is the Batman origin that everyone currently knows. It is the origin story that until Frank Miller wrote it, did not exist. And therefore, while the book may not appear ground-breaking currently; at its time of publication it was incredibly fresh. It was the gritty, revenge seeking origin story of Bruce Wayne that audiences wanted.

However, in all honesty Bruce Wayne cannot be called the protagonist in this novel. As I recently read: the protagonist is the character which shows change an
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Stephen
Aug 22, 2016 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Batman: Year One tells of the challenges that face Jim Gordon as he climbs up the ranks of the corrupted Gotham City Police Department; and Bruce Wayne as he returns from the years of training. And how their lives become intertwined with each other's.

The storyline takes place throughout the course of one year just as the title says. I'll admit that it had its good moments. But i still think it was way to much focused on Gordon and i can't stand him for some reason never could and probably neve
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Ronyell
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Brief History:

To be honest, I have actually first heard about Batman through the 90s cartoon series “Batman: The Animated Series,” which apparently, I have actually had my first exposure to the world of comics through so many animated series throughout the 90s. Since I have been reading a lot of comics lately, especially the “X-Men” comics, I wanted to try a different comic book series and that is where I started reading up on “Batman.” So, the first “Batman” comic I have actually came upon r
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Stuart
Batman: Year One: Batman and Jim Gordon's early days in a detective noir thriller
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (1986) completely reinvented Batman as angry and bitter older man coming out of retirement to stem a rising tide of crime in Gotham City alongside Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. This was a dark vision of a complex and troubled soul driven to fight crime to avenge his parent’s senseless death, and it resonated with a new generation
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Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

Arguably one of the most essential Batman story in the comic world, Batman: Year One is a must-read. Fan of the dark knight or not, this story arc collecting all four comic issues (#404 to 407 published in 1987) from the comic series Batman tells the tale of Batman’s first attempt at wearing the dark cowl and cape. In fact, this trade paperback gives the readers the chance to live Gotham City through the eyes of Bruce Wayne (almost known as the
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Justin
Jan 10, 2016 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First crack at a DC comic and this was definitely a great place to start. The artwork and color were amazing! I enjoyed just flipping through the pages and admiring the deep colors popping out of the dark backgrounds. I'm not even an art guy so I should probably stop trying to describe the artistic awesomeness of this book.

Oh, and there was a story, too. A very dark, depressing story that felt like The Dark Knight trilogy, which definitely took plenty of inspiration from these pages. The story
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Michael
When DC decided it was time to retell the origin story of its some of its iconic super heroes, it was decided that while Superman and Wonder Woman's origin might need some freshening up, the mythology surrounding the origin of Batman worked without any tweaks or revamps. Instead what the origin of Batman needed was a different take on the classic origin. The result is Frank Miller's highly influential, much revered four-issue work Batman: Year One.

Going back to the early days of the Batman saga,
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Carolyn
Jan 08, 2009 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this slim volume in an hour or so, because I've long heard good things about this take on Batman's origins and earliest days, and I heard it was a source of inspiration for Christopher Nolan's Batman films, for which my appreciation has only grown after seeing them both again recently.

One of the biggest pleasures of the films for me is Gary Oldman's portrayal of Jim Gordon, and easily my favorite thing about Year One is Jim Gordon. In his review of The Dark Knight, Peter Travers said tha
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Michelle Morrell
Batman: Year One follows Jim Gordon as he arrives in Gotham City and makes his way through a police presence rife with corruption. At the same time, a vigilante appears, known as The Batman. Together, yet apart, they aim to purge Gotham of the worst of the scum.

Pretty darn old school, it was a nice look into the beginnings of the friendship between the two.
أحمد
Aug 07, 2015 أحمد rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1986 Frank Miller has given The Dark Knight - and the whole world of graphic novels - a whole new dark dimension, with his legendary "The Dark Knight Returns". The next year he decides to give him a proper beginning. "Batman: Year One" follows the first year of the rise of Batman, Gordon and Harvey Dent, the three knights of Gotham. This approach - and many other themes from this book - are adopted by Christopher Nolan's trilogy. So this is the book where Batman begins, and The Dark Knight ri ...more
Damon
Jul 03, 2015 Damon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Reading Miller makes me happy.
Aaron
The definitive origin of Batman. Realism tinged with a frighteningly dark Gotham City underworld.

2015 Review:

A four-issue story from 1987 featuring origins of Batman, Jim Gordon, Catwoman, Harvey Dent, and the first appearances of Sarah Essen and mob boss Carmine Falcone. Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham to begin his war on crime just as Gordon starts at the Gotham police department. Bruce's path to inventing the Batman idea and perfecting it dovetails with Gordon's near-suicidal assault against co
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Nicole
Mar 04, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Three and a half stars. This is the first Batman book I've read, and I decided to start with this one because the screenwriters of the movie reboot Batman Begins (a movie I love) were influenced by it.
It's really more about Jim Gordon than it is about Bruce Wayne. Gordon is a good cop on a corrupt force, in a corrupt town; and he does his best to maintain his integrity, endangering himself. He isn't quite as saintly as Gary Oldman's character in Batman Begins or The Dark Knight, but he's still
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Mahdi
کمیک به روزهای ابتدایی بتمن می پردازه. فیلم "بتمن آغاز میکند" از کریستوفر نولان تا حد زیادی از روی این کمیک اقتباس کرده (تقابل بتمن و پلیس های فاسد مثل "فلاس"، تقابل با رییس مافیا "فالکونی"، استفاده از خفاش ها برای فرار و، انتهای داستان که با معرفی جوکر تموم میشه و...)

نسبت به کمیک دیگه ی همین نویسنده (شوالیه ی تاریکی باز میگردد) خیلی ضعیف بود. بیشتر از اون که به شخصیت بتمن بپردازه و انگیزه های بتمن شدنش، به گوردون و پلیس فاسد گاتهام پرداخته بود.
یکی دو تا شخصیت که معرفی شدن هم (از جمله سلینا کایل
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Sonja - Intellectual Badass
"You can never escape me. Bullets don't harm me. Nothing harms me.
Batman: Year One is awesometacular! The story line is action-packed and filled with a wide range of amazing characters. The writing is bloody brilliant as well! This is a top-notch Batman comic!

Batman: Year One is the second Batman graphic novel I've read, The Killing Joke being the first one. I loved The Killing Joke but I loved Year One a lot more! Year One's story line is more sophisticated, and its set of characters is more
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Paul
Nov 17, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Batman: Year One is a great Batman story...
Batman: Year One is also a great Gordon story.
In many of the Batman stories I've read Gordon is depicted as an innefficient cop who needs to rely on Batman to get "his" job done.
Not so in this story, Frank Miller paints a picture of Gordon as a 3-dimensional human being with all the faults that come with being human. And with all the strenghts a human being posesses.
Gordon is a very good cop and deserves the respect and humanization he gets in this book
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Petertpc
Mar 12, 2012 Petertpc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The ultimate Batman origin story and one of the most important Batman stories ever. Frank Miller singlehandedly redefined the Batman with the Dark Knight Returns and this four issue series of the Batman comic. As a mile marker in the history of the Batman character, this story's importance can't be overstated.
The Crimson Fucker
ok… this one I love, I was angry went it was over and I had to go back to my crappy book… and batman kick the shit out of some dude who tried to kill a kitty!!! I love it!!! I love it I say!!
Councillor
I feel like I'm a horrible person to give a Batman comic such a negative rating, and I urge everyone who happens to read my review not to trust my opinion. You'll probably love it; the artwork is okay and the plot well-developed and fast-paced. I have never been much of a Batman fan; neither have I ever understood the hype surrounding this figure, so I finally wanted to give one of the Batman comics a chance by reading Frank Miller's recounting of Batman's early crime fighting career. I didn't e ...more
David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
Frank Miller became such a punchline after his abysmal "All-Star Batman" series, sometimes it's hard to remember that he was once considered one the greatest comic-book writers ever. But five pages into the sublime "Batman: Year One" is enough to show why the name Frank Miller used to command so much respect.

One of Batman's most famous quotes is "Criminals are a cowardly, superstitious lot", and Batman :Year One gives them a very good reason to be afraid! This retelling of Batman's origin fills
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Keith
Sep 29, 2008 Keith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay... I guess I don't like Frank Miller much. Batman: Year One has less of the fascistic feeling that I got from the movies Sin City and The 300, but I found it sketchily put together and not well characterized. I think that Nolan's Batman Begins film effort actually did a better job covering the first forays into costumed crimefighting by our caped crusader. Perhaps were I more informed by reading a lot of Batman comics I could fill in the story better on my own. Maybe Miller was too close to ...more
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Frank Miller is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. He is one of the most widely-recognized and popular creators in comics, and is one of the most influential comics creators of his generation. His most notable works include Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Year One and 300.

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