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Batman: Year One Hundred (Batman: Year 100 #1-4)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  4,357 Ratings  ·  222 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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J.G. 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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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
Jonathan
Well. That was...interesting. It took a while for me to get into this but once I did it was a pretty quick read.

The art is a bit of an acquired taste I think. Some of it made me cringe but overall I liked it ok.

The story on the other hand was pretty simple. All masked heroes have been taken down and Batman has become an urban legend until he's spotted by the Federal Police. After that the hunt is on to track him down and find out his true identity. The only person able to figure it all out is th
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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
Ryelor
Jun 06, 2013 Ryelor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jesse A
Jun 07, 2014 Jesse A rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this story very jumbled and mostly confusing. On top of that the art was plain ugly. Really disliked this one.
James DeSantis
This was a interesting read. Never judge a book by it's cover!

Because this a ugly fucking cover. So I almost didn't read it :P

However I sat down and flipped through page after page and actually got pretty engrossed quickly. The idea of Batman running around in a shitty future (think like Robocop almost) while fucking up some bad people with some weird uglish art going on, and you got something special (or at the very least unique).

Batman, who we don't know if he's Bruce Wayne or not, is going
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Jedhua
Other Useful Reviews: Sam Quixote's review and Derek Parker's review

Book Info: This collection contains Batman: Year 100 issues #1-4.


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The year is 2039 – 100 years after Batman's official debut – and it's been decades since his last documented appearance. Between then and now, the memory of the Dark Knight has faded from the public consciousness, and he has since become little more than an urban myth. But now, after over thirty years, he has resurfaced, and finds himself embroiled in what seems
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Blindzider
Apr 20, 2017 Blindzider rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This was certainly different. Paul Pope introduces us to the Batman 30 years into the future. The future is yet another dystopian world where the police/government have power to oppress the people. Batman is accused of murder and in trying to investigate and free himself, discovers a larger, more sinister plot.

Reading this, there's some adjustment to the future world, learning who's in control, future technology, etc. This is hampered somewhat in that there are absolutely no captions, not even t
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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
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
Greg
May 16, 2011 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Vinton Bayne
Dec 31, 2014 Vinton Bayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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Feather Mista
Aug 16, 2010 Feather Mista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Will Cooper
Jun 04, 2014 Will Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story about what Batman would be like in the future.

SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER

But I didn't really think it was acceptable that Bruce Wayne is still Batman 100 years later. Everyone else (Gordon, Robin) is the grandchild of someone from the past, but Bruce is still Batman? He's still human. And unless I missed it, there's no weird reason he didn't age or something. It would've been more believable if it was Tim Drake or someone else taking his mantle. Pretty much my only problem with the story.
Arthur
Feb 06, 2014 Arthur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eu tinha dado 4 estrelas, mas o Bátima me ameaçou, digo logo.

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Pronto, mudei de opinião: it was amazing!
Amanda
Mar 20, 2015 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Forrest
Jul 27, 2014 Forrest rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the art but the story didn't grab me at all.
Eric
Jun 02, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Fefs Messina
Jul 19, 2017 Fefs Messina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Che bello questo Batman, così realistico, così umano e allo stesso tempo ferale! Quanto mi piace quando i supereroi classici vengono rielaborati in modo originale senza rovinarli, e Batman è sicuramente quello che ha avuto versioni alternative più variegate e più fortunate rispetto ad altri suoi colleghi.
Ottimi tra l'altro i disegni di Pope, sono molto dinamici e i corpi muscolosi e massicci mi ricordano un po' i dipinti di Rubens.

Il solito intrigo politico da evitare, un'arma di distruzione di
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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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MC
Aug 23, 2014 MC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Batman: Year One Hundred is the most famous work from writer/artist Paul Pope. Pope takes the concepts of realism that Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy is famous for, and did it better than Nolan could. He combines a gritty future dystopia with some slight fantastical elements to tell a story of a Gotham City desperately in need of the Batman.

The year is 2039, and it is one hundred years since the Batman first debuted, at the advent of World War II. After disappearing for decades, presuma
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Ed Dinnermonkey
Sep 28, 2013 Ed Dinnermonkey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cassie
Feb 27, 2012 Cassie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comic book geeks, DC Comic Fans
Recommended to Cassie 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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M
Jul 28, 2013 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike Sgier
Jan 30, 2013 Mike Sgier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kevin Fanning
Apr 18, 2008 Kevin Fanning rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
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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Brendan Diamond
Feb 02, 2015 Brendan Diamond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really sure what the conceit behind Year 100 was, or whether or not it makes a damned bit of sense within the greater Batman mythos. But this sure was a helluva lot of fun. Pope's script is dark and foreboding, and while it relies on one rather obnoxious and unnecessary supervillain convention (and one that isn't even really deployed very well), it's still an exceedingly well-done book. The art is absolutely top-notch, giving the whole dystopian future a very realistic feel, while the di ...more
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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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