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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (Oct. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930289331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930289331
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 16.9 x 0.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,097,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By j-maAN TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 19 2012
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I often critisized Frank Miller's depiction of Batman. People calling this "one of the greatest Batman Graphic novels of all time" often confused me considering no main villain such as The Joker, Two-Face, The Riddler, Clayface, The Mad Hatter, or Scarecrow was included. Though, after much hesitation I read it. It became apparent to me after a few pages that this truly was a work of art. The text flows beautifully, word after word. Though I do not consider it 'the best' Batman graphic novel, I do hold it in high regard and can safely claim that this is a must buy for any Batman fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre Lawrence TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 23 2013
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As usual with great graphic novels, I'm late to the party again.

BATMAN: YEAR ONE is as the title states, the beginning of Batman's origins.

But, and this is a big but, this is also a deep look into the life of Gotham City's new police chief, Gordon, his wife and new baby, the corrupt city he's now charged with policing and the complicated relationship he has with his lieutenant officer.

This is not the kiddie Batman of my youth.

****

Frank Miller writes in very complex but intriguing terms. The story is understandable by human terms and not supernatural in comic book terms. Batman is equal in terms of his complexity as Gordon and Gotham City is. Bruce is conflicted and tormented by the events of his youth and you see clearly how he fights off his demons.

You also follow how the events of the city and its corrupt officials try desperately to hold on to the mechanisms that keep them in power but puts them at odds with Gordon and subsequently Batman.

The illustrations are one that I'm most relieved with. Having recently read, "The Dark Knight Returns," and being GREATLY disappointed with the illustrative work of Klaus Janson, YEAR ONE has an illustrator who gets it: David Mazzucchelli gets it. (If it weren't for the masterful storytelling of Miller, DARK KNIGHT would have been an epic fail.

This was a perfect collaboration to say the least.

BATMAN: YEAR ONE is a stellar piece of work and most definitely a work of art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HakiM -Y- on Dec 13 2012
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I think this is a Modern Classic

It is the essential introduction to Batman and his world

I believe this was one of the books the Nolans drew on for inspiration.

Need I say More?
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If you are new to Batman this is the best place to start. Frank Miller's influential, quintessential (timeless & ageless) classic Batman origin story. Christopher Nolan referenced this graphic novel heavily for his Batman Begins [Blu-ray] (Bilingual). Still one of the top Batman story for me. If you are interested in a more recent interpretation check out Scott Snyder's Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) and Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year-Secret City (The New 52)
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A really good tale of Bruce Wayne just starting out to be Batman. This isn't your high octane super villain based storyline most are accustomed to from modern day Batman books. To be completely fair, the book mostly focuses on Jim Gordon and his arrival and climb through the Gotham Police Department. Learning, and slowly dealing with the corrupt nature of the city (which we know never really goes away). Overall a really good story about Jim Gordan and Batman still learning how to be Batman. Just wasn't 5 stars because it didn't blow me away, but definitely worth the read.
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I have it for the kindle white and I think it looks better in black and white than in colour
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By Giboc on June 28 2013
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Dark story yet magnetic. Read from cover to cover in first sitting. Re reading it to take in the story and art work. Well worht the price. Kids are enjoying it as well
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This book tells the classic story of Batman's origin, but does so in a highly realistic and thematically deep way. The art has a nice impressionistic quality to it, that suits the gritty atmosphere that permeates the story. Exciting and believable.
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