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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.
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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I loved the story and I liked the art too. It is the same style that can be found in The Dark Knight Returns ( if you have read it ). Read morePublished 29 days ago by Mitchell Heron
I really enjoyed this comic, although it could have used a little more Batman. He's in it, but this story is just as much about Lieutenent Gordon as it is about Batman.Published 1 month ago by David Kirshner
A dark brooding story beautiful artwork and wonderful imagining of origins.Published 2 months ago by Michael
One of the best Batman comic ever made. The artwork by David Mazzucchelli is fantastic. A must own for any fan.Published 3 months ago by Yannick Brodeur
Frank Miller à donner un sens profond au commencement de l'histoire du chevalier noir.Published 4 months ago by BigAl123
The quintessential Batman story. Frank Miller rarely disappoints.Published 6 months ago by Jayson Belanger