Batman: Year One
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 ...more
Notes: Fluent artistically, it relays realistically a tale of two flawed, oft-beaten men, who get knocked down but get up again.
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...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
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 ...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
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
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
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 time
highly recommended ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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
(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 ...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
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 ...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 upo ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
Pretty darn old school, it was a nice look into the beginnings of the friendship between the two.
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