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Batman: Year One [Paperback]

Frank Miller , David Mazzucchelli
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Jan. 10 2007 Batman
A New York Times Best Seller!

A new trade paperback 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 Batman's final days, Year One set the stage for a new vision of a legendary character.

This edition includes the complete graphic novel, a new introduction by writer Frank Miller and a new illustrated afterword by artist David Mazzucchelli. Completing this collection are over 40 pages of never-before-seen developmental material such as character and layout sketches, sample script pages, sketches, and more that pro-vide a glimpse into the making of this contemporary classic.

This volume collects Batman #404-407.

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Whether you grew up reading Batman comics, watched the campy television show, or eagerly await each new movie, this is the book for you. A retelling of the events that led to Bruce Wayne's becoming Batman, this book combines Frank Miller's tight film-noir writing with David Mazucchelli's solid artwork. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Grade 4 Up–In the late 1980s, DC Comics revamped many superheroes but realized that Batman should remain true to his 1939 history. According to the introduction, the editors also decided that the public needed to know more about Batman's early life as a vigilante, and Miller and Mazzucchelli came together to produce Batman: Year One. Originally released in 1988 in four parts, the stories have been combined into one book. Opening with the arrival of Lieutenant James Gordon in Gotham's police force, the story goes on to inform readers about the level of corruption permeating the force. They also witness Bruce Wayne's first encounter with the prostitute named Selina, who will become Catwoman. Wayne speaks to his dead father, asking for guidance, and is answered with a bat on the windowsill, and Batman is born. The remaining chapters highlight Gordon's continuing difficulties with the corrupt police force, Batman's early difficulties in protecting and using his arsenal of weapons, and the first villains he chooses to pursue. At the end of the book, readers are treated to some background on Mazzucchelli's art, the production of Year One, and details on Richmond Lewis's coloring techniques. Both beginning and devoted Batman fans will enjoy this edition.–Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CA
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NEVER doubt a 'Batman' comic 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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By Andre Lawrence TOP 50 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Clasic 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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By Crofty TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the time tested tale May 30 2014
By Wade A
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Miller does not disappoint Oct. 16 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read June 28 2013
By Giboc
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Origin story done right. Sept. 17 2012
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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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