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Batman: Year One

(Batman (1940-2011) #404-407)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  217,443 ratings  ·  3,137 reviews
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: reviewed, comics, capes
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

"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
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
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
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
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
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: batman
”He will become the greatest crime fighter the world has ever known... It won’t be easy.”

I think we all can agree that the late ‘80s was the golden age for Batman, all my favourite graphic novels/comics featuring the caped crusader are from this era. Culminating in the first Tim Burton Batman film.

This is most definitely the definitive Jim Gordon story, as it is mostly from his perspective. Frank Miller really knows how to write a good Batman tale and the (to be) Comissioner-Gordon.
He does hav
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best Batman graphic novel of all time, hands down! What more could you possibly ask for? It has Frank Miller at the top of his game, David Mazzucchelli's terrific artwork, and it's Batman! It retells Batman' origin in a new, exciting way. Only Frank knows what's best for the caped crusader. It paves the road for many great stories to come, such as: The Long Halloween, The Man Who Laughs etc. I can't recommend it enough. ...more
Collecting comic books Batman #404-407, Frank Miller's critically acclaimed re-imagining of the origin of Batman, mostly from the perspective of Commissioner Gordon's first few months in Gotham. A good read, but nothing as spectacular to match the plaudits story arc this gets. 7 out of 12
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. ...more
Tamoghna Biswas
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some stories never get old, and this bona fide version of the caped crusader’s origin story quite rationally exonerates that simple fact: foreseeable yet flamboyantly fascinating, drab yet dazzling in its essence, peevish yet pugnaciously exemplary, all at once. Worth a shot for anyone prone on a classical tale of the beloved vigilante, i.e., if they hadn’t read it yet, which does seem improbable.
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
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
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
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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
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
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
Bill Lynas
Aug 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When children are very young most parents read them classic fairy stories. When I was young my dad read me Batman & Spider-Man comics & I think he enjoyed them as much as I did. Once in a while I buy a Batman story, but I don't think I've read one since the excellent Gotham By Gaslight & that was quite a few years ago.
Batman Year One has a fine story, with Bruce Wayne returning to Gotham City to become the legendary crime fighter. The excellent artwork reminds me of the 1960s Batman comics, whic
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
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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Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Frank Miller sure knows how to tell a story. This was a quick and fun read. It centers around Batman's formative years or year one to be exact. It also is the origin of the friendship of Jim Gordon and Batman as they try to survive in a city filled with corrupt cops and desperate criminals. I enjoyed this book a great deal and highly recommend it. Fast-paced and riveting. ...more
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 my friend 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 I was bawling my eyes during the movie because she's the worst like that. But YOU try to stay dry-eyed at that Stan Lee cameo....)

Ok, (slaps face). Let's talk DC. In t
Batman: Year One: Batman and Jim Gordon's early days in a detective noir thriller
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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
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