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Batman: Year One

(Batman (1940) #404-407)

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A new edition of one of the most important and critically acclaimed Batman adventures ever, written by Frank Miller, author of The Dark Knight Returns!

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.

Written shortly after The Dark Knight Returns, Miller's dystopian fable of Ba
Paperback, Deluxe Edition Softcover, 2005, 144 pages
Published January 10th 2007 by DC Comics (first published February 1st 1987)
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(A) 85% | Extraordinary
Notes: Fluent artistically, it relays realistically a tale of two flawed, oft-beaten men, who get knocked down but get up again.
I finished my re-read of this one last night and felt pretty much the same about it as I did when I read it over a decade ago.
It's ok.


Year One takes us back to Jim Gordon & Bruce Wayne's first year in Gotham as crime fighters, and it does so in a realistic way. <--for a comic
I understand why it would be such a big deal back in the day to portray Batman in a real-life setting and I can appreciate Miller's contribution to the Batman mythos. Mission accomplished.
But I just can't say that I was
J.G. Keely
Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: capes, reviewed, comics
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
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Ahmed  Ejaz
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-books, 2017
I would have loved it more if graphics were the work of nowadays' technology.
I am planning to read my favourite superheros' origin. And I have started with my absolute-favourite superhero, Batman. I knew about his origin before. But reading it was a good experience also.

There was also an appearance of Catwoman a.k.a Selina. She didn't appear much. There was just a brief intro of how she became Catwoman. She seemed to me an anti-batman.
Lt. Gordon was a good character. But his affair with Sar
Dan Schwent
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, 2018-comics
When James Gordon joined the Gotham City Police Department, he had no idea of the cesspool of corruption it was. Fortunately, there are a few good cops left in Gotham and Gotham has a fledgling protector of its own, Batman!

I'm three decades late to the party but I'm glad I showed up. Batman: Year One has been hyped as one of the definitive Batman stories ever since it was published. Is it?

No. It's the definitive James Gordon story and it's spectacular!

Batman: Year One is told from the point of v

"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
This was good. I see a lot that Tim Burton pulled in for the '89 Batman movie. This is also strangely centered on Gordon and his life. Usually Gordon is not a focus like here. There are some interesting and different ideas about the origin story, but I guess that is from someone who is going backwards and has seen the movies after this was written.

The art is gritty, but not as dark as it gets. The story is sound and Batman has a realism here that the new DC comics have lost trying to make him s
Sam Quixote
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, read-in-2015

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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Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Classic looking artwork, classic Batman! It even shows an illustration of one of those old Mickey Mouse phones... you know which ones I'm talking about? The one where Mickey is holding the yellow receiver... yeah that one! 🤣🤣🤣 Year One is definitely one to have on your shelves if you're a Batman fan.
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Jonathan Terrington

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
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
i can now see why people a lot of people, recommend this book to people who wants to start with batman. .

this book is the bomb. i love this. well, i still love zero year. both origin stories have their own strengths and weaknesses, still brilliantly done, nonetheless.

full review might come. soon.


i have been planning to read this for a long timejust wasn't able to add it on goodreads because i'm too lazy to add stuff on here because i am a batman beatch fan.
highly recommended
James DeSantis
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This isn't the first time I read Year One. It's actually one of the only DC books I did read when I was young. However, it's been over ten years and I was like I have to re-read it to see if I still enjoy it. As you can tell with my score, it's pretty obvious.

Have you've ever seen Batman Begins? A lot of the one/feel of that movie owes to this. Even basically taking the ending right out of the pages of this book. This is really two stories, two origins, in one. It focuses on Bruce becoming Batm
Rusty Grey
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

We all know why Bruce Wayne became Batman .

Or how he became Batman .

Frank Miller's Batman Year One is the story of a naïve Batman , when he had just entered this vigilante business . This story belongs to Commissioner Gordon as much as it belongs to Batman . Just as the name suggests , it's their Year One .

Frank Miller has done a great job again . There may be a few readers who wouldn't like Miller's style . He uses too many dialogues . Or monologues . But after reading The Dark Kni
I’m not going to make a lot of friends now. But I thought this was surprisingly bad.

The story is that of Bruce Wayne returning to Gotham after years of training abroad and then turning himself into Batman. This Graphic Novel has been the inspiration for Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, I think?

At the same time Jim Gordon becomes part of the Gotham City Police Department and learns quickly that corruption is widespread amongst the ranks.

Both Wayne and Gordon start their fight against crime on G
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
Between just getting DC Universe and seeing the new Spiderman movie (SO good!), I'm in a superhero k-hole these days. And since I'm going to see Aquaman with Jen next week, I'll be here for a while.

(Hopefully Aquaman won't make me cry the way Spiderman did, because Jen has no doubt told all of our co-workers by now that she had to tell me to pull my shit together when the credits started rolling, because she's the worst like that. But YOU try to stay dry-eyed at that Stan Lee cameo....)

Ok, (sla
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
I've got good news and disappointing news. The disappointing news is that this "origin" story is less of a full Batman origin tale and more of a young James Gordon story. But the great news is that it's the best damn Gordon story anyone could ever ask for as he tries to navigate the crime-ridden gutters of his new home, Gotham City.

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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

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 upo
Jedi JC Daquis
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is indeed the definitive origin of the Dark Knight. No wonder this is among the top three (with The Dark knight Returns and The Killing Joke), if not the best Batman story to date. You do not call yourself a Batman fan or reader if you haven't read Batman: Year One.

What makes Year One great is the fact that there is no single villain Batman is dealing with in Frank Miller's masterpiece. He has just donned the mantle of the Bat so we can give him a break. There's just a couple of mobs, goons
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Batman year one (1987)
Modern Batman #1

Year One is an absolute masterpiece and an achievement in story telling! Its not only one of the best Batman stories, but also my favorite origin story of any superhero!

The foremost reason for this opinion is because of the way Frank Miller weaved the story together. Frank Miller not only builds the character of Bruce Wayne/Batman, but also lays foundation to a deeply corrupted underbelly of Gotham city, introduces Cat woman and gives the origin story Jim G
Fabian {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
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.
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