Batman: Year One (Batman)
Collects BATMAN #404-407.
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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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Going back to the early days of the Batman saga, ...more
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 ...more
Pretty darn old school, it was a nice look into the beginnings of the friendship between the two.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I do love a good gordon story so for me this was pretty good, and it had added sassy alfred which is always a fave!
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