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Starred Review. Many recent comics have tried to make sense of the large political situations of modern life. A character like Batman might seem an unlikely tool to ponder the right to privacy, but in Pope's hands the effect is dazzling. The superhero trope of the secret identity becomes a metaphor for the past life we all want to keep to ourselves. When the Gotham City PD and other forces come gunning for what is under the Dark Knight's cowl, Batman and his cohorts protect it out of a basic sense of justice. As written, the Batman of 2039 is a living legend, seen in flashbacks that correspond with the dates the stories appeared in print. There's a metaphysical quality to the character, as if his very story is what is keeping him alive. Pope's art strikes a balance between traditional superhero comics and cutting-edge illustration. The big dark figure and the high action that follows him everywhere is still present, but played by figures that look like they could be found in an underground manga. It's been 68 years since the character's first appearance, and we still have Batman and Robin setting things right. Who says it will be different when the future comes? (Jan.)
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"The dark prince of comix takes Batman thirty years into the future ... Pope's grim style is perfectly suited to drawing Batman."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401211925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401211929
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not a book about a millionaire's exploits as a masked vigilante. Anyone who begins this book expecting something like Dark Knight Returns or your typical Batman story is looking at the book from the wrong perspective.

What we have here is an amazing portrayal of the Batman as an ideal. A force that can't be stopped by age or oppression. It is not a story about a superhero in the public spotlight, but about a rebel operating in the shadows, trying to obtain justice without being noticed.

All these unanswered questions that people are complaining about - "who is batman?" "is it bruce wayne? how is he alive?" "where are the other super heroes?" - NONE of them matter. You're all missing the point; the "who" doesn't matter - its the idea of the Batman that is important. Did you all have this much of an issue when Mark Millar made Superman a communist?

Paul Pope's art is, as usual, amazing. Jose Villarubia's colors are perfectly suited to the environments. The writing is top-shelf - creating a true sense of realism on the part of the Batman, while still creating a fantastic futuristic setting. Pope's sketches and notes in the back show just how much thought he put into his design of the famous Batman.

This is an amazing take on the Bat-mythos from an amazingly talented creator with a true understanding of the character. Unique, visually stunning, and pure in execution. There is no reason not to own this book.
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It is the future and it is not a good one. The government knows everything about everyone. Everyone except the Batman. When a Fed is killed Batman is there and suddenly the Batman is more than rumor and urban legend. He is an anomaly to the system that cannot be allowed to continue. Police Commissioner Gordon has been locked out of the murder investigation and railroaded into providing all files pertaining to the Batman. But while Gordon finds the few scraps the department has, the Batman is trying to solve the fed's murder, and the Feds are trying to corral the Batman. It all comes together in the end in a satisfying way.

This is a very interesting story. It is part Elseworlds as we have a Batman with a young Protege named Robin. He contacts Commissioner Gordon, an honest cop. Robin makes noises about becoming Nightwing. But it is also part Dark Night as events of Frank Miller's book are referred to. Finally it is canonical as it ties in to the earliest Batman stories. Somehow all three aspects are made to fit as a whole. I was not completely pleased with the art. Batman has a tendency to look Asian and his head often ends right above his eyes (no forehead). But the art has a gritty style that complements the dark nature of the future and the story being told.

My only real disappointment is that there were too many unanswered questions. There may be a sequel in the works that answers these questions. Not least of these is the idea that Batman has been around for a hundred years. The traditional Batman has no physical super powers but there must be something here like science that has kept him young and able. We will have to wait and see. Check it out.
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By D. Coy on December 31, 2008
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Paul Pope's "Batman Year 100" is brilliant. Pope re-imagines Batman's mask as the ultimate rebellion in a world devoid of privacy. His "message" is not heavy-handed, however; it fits in perfectly with Pope's re-imagining of Gotham as a Blade-Runner-esque metropolis, populated by police gangs (who have taken on the trappings of sports-teams), cyborg-dogs, teenage computer geniuses, and shadowy government operatives. Even Gordon (grandson of the commissioner) looks & dresses an awful lot like a young Harrison Ford/Rick Deckard (but w/ that trademark Gordon moustache.)
For fans of Batman comics there are sharp references to earlier works--sightings of the Batman coincide with the dates and events of previous issues & stories, and the structure of the story mirrors that of Frank Miller's Batman Year One. And Pope's re-designed Batman costume, although initially jarring, quickly becomes one of the best parts of the book.
Finally, a previous reviewer commented that the story leaves too many unanswered questions--But that's the point. In a future where everything must be known, it is an act of civil disobedience to leave questions unanswered. And so, in Year 100, demanding to know all the answers puts you on the same side as the bad guys . . . .
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One of my favorite Batman stories ever. In fact, this may be my favorite Batman character. Anonymous city, anonymous Batman. This Batman is a little more "real world" in his behavior, reflections, and interactions. This isn't the pretty boy, trust fund, "I miss my parents" Batman. Year One Hundred takes it more towards an "adult" Batman; grittier, etc. I wish this particular characterization of Batman could go on... but, alas, people want to see Batman driving expensive, military style super cars and planes modeled after space ships. You don't that crap here. What you get is a Batman that is a shadow in a world where everyone's ID is known. You get an "everyman" who fights a more underground battle against the establishment. This Batman would eat chicken legs and drink a beer before he sat down to have "Alfred" serve him lamb chops.
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