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Batman: Year One Hundred (Batman)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  3,170 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Visionary writer/artist Paul Pope presents a futuristic mystery of epic proportions set in a dark, dystopian world devoid of privacy and filled with government conspiracies, psychic police, holographic caller ID and absolutely no room for "secret identities."

In Gotham City, 2039, a federal agent is murdered and a contingent of Washington's top agents is hot on the suspect

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Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 17th 2007 by DC Comics (first published 2007)
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Monica!
Batman Year 100 is one of those graphic novels that I really super-dee-duper wanted to love, and instead my overall feeling was, “Well… at least it only took me twenty minutes to read?” which is sad, friends, because when you have a plot like, “It’s 2039, and the dystopian police state of Gotham is under attack… by The Batman!” you want it to be worth your time.

Although again… twenty minutes to read. It admittedly was probably worth twenty minutes of my time. Batman’s badass new costume alone wa
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Keely
From the very first page it's clear that this is a vibrant and unbridled work. Pope's art can be loose and grotesque, taking anatomy lightly, he has sacrificed it for movement, for the wide frames darting through space, telling the story precisely with evocative images, and for the physical representation of personality. There's a great overview of the wordless opening pages here.

After reading a poorly-written, awkwardly visualized comic like Fables, it was a shock to my system to watch Pope pus
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Sam Quixote
Set in 2039 (100 years after Batman debuted in Detective Comics #27 in 1939), Gotham has become a police state and the overbearing authorities know everything about everyone. A cop is killed and Batman is suspected as he was at the scene - an obvious frame job. It’s also the first appearance he has made in public for years and people have forgotten his existence - is the mythological Batman real? He is nonetheless hunted by psychic cops, robot dogs, and other futuristic crime-fighting tools. In ...more
StoryTellerShannon
What if Gotham had become a police state that no longer observed the personal liberties of its citizens? And what if Batman existed but hadn't been active in decades? And what if Inspector Gordon's grandson was around and had the same job and ran into Batman as he dealt with a Federal conspiracy? That's the thrust of this tale that focuses on tight, gritty shots and tries to make Batman lean and mean yet not so mysterious or superhero like. Notice his shoes are like military boots in some of the ...more
Ryelor
Day 24 of my Batman graphic novel binge brought me this version of the Dark Knight. Batman: Year 100, which I'm sure is a play on the lauded Batman: Year One, was . . . interesting. I have a friend who knows WAY more than I do when it comes to comics and graphic novels. He always says: "I can't read a comic unless I like the art." I've always thought, "Well, that's pretty shallow. I mean, a good story will always trump lousy art, right?" Well . . . now I'm not so sure. The story behind Batman: Y ...more
StoryTellerShannon
What if Gotham had become a police state that no longer observed the personal liberties of its citizens? And what if Batman existed but hadn't been active in decades? And what if Inspector Gordon's grandson was around and had the same job and ran into Batman as he dealt with a Federal conspiracy? That's the thrust of this tale that focuses on tight, gritty shots and tries to make Batman lean and mean yet not so mysterious or superhero like. Notice his shoes are like military boots in some of the ...more
Jesse Athey
I found this story very jumbled and mostly confusing. On top of that the art was plain ugly. Really disliked this one.
Benjamin Featherston
With a title like "Batman: Year 100", recalling the classic Frank Miller story "Batman: Year One", we are meant to expect something big. Paul Pope's dystopian graphic novel has an ambitious premise; what if Batman's publication history was the actual chronology of Batman's adventures, and from 1939 onward Batman never stopped battling crime? This Batman never ages, wears fake vampire fangs to scare criminals, and has a motorcycle which folds up and hangs upside down like a sleeping bat when not ...more
Jeff
I've grown tired of the trend towards dystopian futures in comics - that despite whatever our heroes attempt to accomplish today, the world of tomorrow will be the worse for wear. The world presented in Batman Year 100 is no exception to this rule, but darn it that I did not get drawn in.

Paul Pope's attention to detail and future technology is great. I was immediately drawn into the story and the authorities' chase to capture the Batman. Pope's interpretation of Batman as a individual now relyin
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Federiken Masters
Qué curioso que, al momento de cambiar de shelf a este inmerecidamente pospuesto Año 100, estuviera en el 100th de los to-read. Si creyera en algún tipo de numerología, le adjudicaría la coincidencia. En fin... después de esa acotación que no le importa a nadie, vamos con la mini reseña que tampoco le importa a nadie...
Hacía rato que no promediaba un comic apra arriba motivado principalmente por el dibujo (¡y el color!), pero creo que Batman Year 100 se lo merece. Desde el diseño del protagonist
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Greg
A nifty Batman story with some pretty original art. It's a dark (it's modern Batman, so that's a given)dystopian story about the last undocumented human in America (guess who). As usual, half or more of the story is told through Gordon (not a commissioner in this one) so that Batman can remain in the shadows where he belongs. I dig the bleak, slighty askew art, though it probably won't work for everyone--Batman's jaw is bigger than most of his head in this comic, and his forehead practically dis ...more
Arthur
Eu tinha dado 4 estrelas, mas o Bátima me ameaçou, digo logo.

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Pronto, mudei de opinião: it was amazing!
Eric
It doesn't really explain why the same person has been batman for like a hundred and twenty years. But it's pretty wicked cool nevertheless.
Forrest
I really liked the art but the story didn't grab me at all.
Emily Green
In Batman: Year 100, Paul Pope explores a future dystopia and the Batman who continues to fight for the safety of the common citizen. The story is set in 2039, 100 years after the debut of Batman in comics, in a time when Batman has ceased to be a man and has become the stuff of urban myths. Pope relies upon technology to show the changes in the future Gotham and spends little time on exposition.

The story itself is a mystery, as Batman stumbles into the middle of a murder of an imposter Gotham P
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M
Paul Pope is a polarizing figure - one can either love his work or hate it. Having read Heavy Liquid and 100%, the artwork usually trumps the storytelling methods; blending that unique style with classic DC icon the Batman results in a much more epic result. Set in 2039, the world is constantly under surveillance. The murder of a federal officer within Gotham City limits brings to light a mysterious masked vigilante dubbed the Bat-Man. As the mystery around the dead man deepens, police chief Gor ...more
Eric
Feb 27, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comic book geeks, DC Comic Fans
Recommended to Eric by: Uncle John
It was interesting to see this concept come to life because this story was vastly different than many of the Batman stories that I have previously read. There is a lack of colorful villains that we are used to from the franchise in this particular story, but we soon discover the reason within the story. This is a vastly different world than the one that we have seen in other stories featuring the character. This one is actually darker in a different way than the other stories.

There are moments
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Mike Sgier
A great imagining of the Batman mythos, set in the year 2039, 100 years after the official debut of Batman. Pope's Batman is visceral, bold, and wrapped in mystery as he battles against a deadly conspiracy in a dystopian, authoritarian Gotham City. Pope also drops sly references to Robin (now a young vehicle designer/mechanic for Batman) and Oracle (still a computer savvy young woman, but now the daughter of a doctor who helps Batman). And the grandson of Jim Gordon plays a crucial role in helpi ...more
Ed Dinnermonkey
No one quite captures grimy futurescapes like Paul Pope and his jet black ink scratches, so arguably no one is better suited to depicting a future Gotham. The city is filled with crumbling tenements, flickering neon and lashing rain, perforated by bright pink searchlights from flying police cars. The contrast of futuristic tech and urban decay reference everything from Blade Runner through Pope's own 100%, but it's a captivating piece of world building nonetheless, and one of those great example ...more
Kevin Fanning
I like the IDEA of this book.

And now here are the things about the execution that did not work for me personally this is not an indictment of the book I'm just saying:

Making Batman and his costume and his accoutrement more realistic is not interesting to me. The magic and suspension of disbelief is more than half the fun.

PLUS, you can't take away the magic, remove ALL the super villains, make everything more "realistic," and then add telepaths back in. That's just lazy.

The art style was interest
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Hafiz Azam
What if you take the Batman, and put him 100 years into the future? How will he looked like? Will he be very old and fragile, requiring robotic assistance like in Kingdom Come? Batman Year 100 is the answer to this. And a very fascinating one indeed..

In the face of Miller-esque Batman, Batman Year 100 gives a breath of fresh air. Pope's take on Batman is very unsettling at first, because the Bat is not as elegant as always. Batman here is gritty, realistic and very primal. You will notice how re
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Matthew
Really disappointing. Batman is hands-down my favorite superhero, and Paul Pope is one of my favorite artist/writers, so I expected this to be an instant classic.

My biggest problem is that the entire comic is full of missed opportunities, which makes for a frustrating read. Batman is 140 years old, but it's never explained or explored in any meaningful way. Gotham (and the rest of the country) is a futuristic police-state, and again it's never really used to it's potential. The plot could easily
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Christopher  Ryan
The story is great, novel, inventive stuff, but the art was quite ridiculous. Paul Pope's faces, particularly the mouths, look absurd. He makes people's teeth and gums and lips grotesquely large, the heads are often misshapen (as on the cover), and the bodies are totally fluid and devoid of tension, as if gravity affected them all differently in the future. The faces also tend to change shape and the coloring is so inconsistent that key characters tend to look either African American or Italian ...more
zxvasdf
This is one of the few books I have read over and over again. Paul Pope's art is top notch as ever, and his contribution to the ever expanding Batman mythos is a stroke of genius. His careful attention to detail such as Batman's head to toe wardrobe adds a grittiness to an already gritty genre. The story is an echo of the original Batman's, with a Gordon and a Robin and a composite "Alfred" making an appearance. The only difference here is that the source of evil is not Gotham centralized, and i ...more
Derek Royal
Not bad. Pope's art is certainly unique, and it lends itself to the grimness in which Batman usually luxuriates. However, I appreciate him--at least in this book--more as a writer than I do as an artist. There are several scenes in Year 100 where the action seems obscured, or even undermined, by the illustration style and/or layout of the panel. Perhaps this was intentional, something akin to creating the "fog of war" in Batman's various actions. But there are elements of the writing, as well, t ...more
Vinton Bayne
A beautiful vision for batman. Take the original batman from the early days, go 100 years into the future and envision where his legacy ends up. So much amazing detail done with original style.
Sophie
I read this one for our comic book club, and it was good. I really liked the first 2/3, but the flesh-eating virus bit in the end seemed, I dunno, too "been-there-done-that" and just lacked the impact the beginning had, with the mysteriously oppressive government and the Batman-led resistance.

I was surprised by how much I wasn't bothered that there was no explanation for Bruce Wayne being over 100 years old and still in top shape to be Batman. I read somewhere in a review that the lack of explan
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Rory
Not your average Batman tale. The artwork from Pope is very unique, but highly expressive and dynamic. The city of Gotham in 2037 is very well realised and feels both familiar and alien in its formation. The ambiguity around Batman's identity is very well played out.

The only negatives for me were a perhaps overly huge threat to mankind that's somewhat clumsily explained and the strange dialogue that sometimes feels a lot like Batman and sometimes seems not. Perhaps this is to add to the identity
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Amanda
THIS IS THE UGLIEST ART I HAVE EVER SEEN IN A TRADE!!
IT'S REPULSIVE.
GIVING THIS BOOK 1 STAR IS BEING GENEROUS.

*Note to Self*
NEVER read this again!
Myke
Batman set in a bleak dystopian future, Gotham has become a police state and Vigilantes such as Batman are not welcome (nothing new there).

Paul Pope both writes and provides the art for his story and his art is not entirely typical in what you'd expect from comics. The best way to describe it would probably be conventional comic art mixed with more Japanese manga style so it makes for some interesting viewing.

Pope's Batman is more practical in terms of gadgets which include false fang like teeth
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PAUL POPE is an American cartoonist living and working in New York City. Pope has made a name for himself internationally as an artist and designer. He has been working primarily in comics since the early '90s, but has also done a number of projects with Italian fashion label Diesel Industries and, in the US, with DKNY. His media clients include LucasArts, Paramount Pictures, Cartoon Network, Marv ...more
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