This was the first Batman graphic novel collection I picked up. I had seen the book at Barnes & Noble and had seen the impeccable artwork inside i...moreThis was the first Batman graphic novel collection I picked up. I had seen the book at Barnes & Noble and had seen the impeccable artwork inside it. I first bought this book for the artwork, but I was surprised by Jeph Loeb's storytelling. It's pretty suspenseful and leaves you on the edge for a while.(less)
Batman: Year One has become an revolutionary book during the Renaissance of comics (aka the 1980s in which books like The Dark Knight Returns, V for V...moreBatman: Year One has become an revolutionary book during the Renaissance of comics (aka the 1980s in which books like The Dark Knight Returns, V for Vendetta, and Watchmen were created). Batman: Year One became a seminal book because it laid out Batman's origin during the course of a year. This book has affected many comics to come, as many story arcs take cues from Batman: Year One. Batman: The Long Halloween and its sequel Batman: Dark Victory take seeds from Batman: Year One and use them to drive their plot. Even Scott Snyder's Batman: The Black Mirror takes cues from this seminal book. It was such a fan favorite that recently, Warner Brothers animation made a animated adaptation of the story. Films like Batman Begins and the Dark Knight take a couple of cues from the book.
Now, that I've established how important this book is, let's talk about what made it so important. First, it was made by Frank Miller, who at this time was a legend for his work on reviving Daredevil and bringing Batman to gritty roots in The Dark Knight Returns. Whether fans hate him or love him, he had a major influence during this era, which led to him writing this story arc in Batman #404-407. First of all it wasn't a graphic novel, Batman's definitive origin was going to be laid out in the comics. Frank Miller showed the murder and described Bruce's origin in great detail, with many great scenes such as his parents murder and the night Bruce chose to become Batman. Bruce doesn't come off as too cocky because he doesn't become Batman right away, he evolves into Batman as the story goes. Batman: Year One shows the challenges Batman would have to face when he starts to fight crime. He not only has to fight criminals, he has to fend himself from the cops, and dirty mob bosses and politicians. The greatest thing about Batman: Year One is that it's not just a Batman origin, but also the origin or evolution of Jim Gordon, who has to learn to trust Batman and figure out how to survive in Gotham City.
If a new reader just wants to read a superhero or a Batman story with great depth of characters and plot, Batman Year One is a great choice.(less)
I had always wanted to read the first adventures of Batman, but always stumbled across the more expensive collections that are so unaffordable. When I...moreI had always wanted to read the first adventures of Batman, but always stumbled across the more expensive collections that are so unaffordable. When I was doing a research paper on Batman, I had stumbled across this book that collects the first 12 issues of Batman. It includes his first comic, Detective Comics 27, his origin in Detective Comics 23, and his first solo comic in Batman #1, in which he fights Catwoman and the Joker. (less)