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Batman: Year One Paperback – January 10, 2007
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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In short - yup. Successfully meeting all of O’Neil’s criteria, Miller’s Batman: Year One, beautifully illustrated by David Mazzucchelli and colored by Richmond Lewis, has become the definitive Batman origin story. Not simply an explanation of how a man can dress up like a bat and effectively combat rampant crime, though such elements are included, Year One is more about making plausible WHY a man would need to dress up like a bat and fight crime, and how Gotham City would respond.
Like Watchmen and DKR before it, Year One ascends from children’s entertainment to something closer to literature. Though relatively brief, the story is complex (watch Gotham's #1 cop still come up short, justifying the extreme measures of Batman) and dramatic (two characters who endure trauma to ultimately adapt their problem solving strategies while maintaining moral rigor); if it did not make the story of Batman realistic, it made it mature and believable. This book is a must-read for all Batman or superhero fans and a great read for anyone at least marginally interested in the genre.
I didn't review the plot or go into that because that's done well on this Amazon page already.
But as a huge Batman fan and graphic novel fan, this stands out as one of my favorites and go to suggestions for friends and such.