Batman: Year One

Batman: Year One

Downloadable Graphic Novel - 2011
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Even Batman was an inexperienced novice once. In an essential story from the Dark Knight's early days, Batman struggles to instill fear in Gotham City's criminals, while expatriate Chicago cop James Gordon discovers that he may be the only honest cop in town
Publisher: Marblehead : DC Comics, 2011
ISBN: 9781401235888
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Kane, Bob
OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor
Alternative Title: Batman (Comic strip)

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Agent_21
Feb 02, 2020

Read it, it's a classic, what are you waiting for?

I would consider the plot and storytelling of the book more unconventional, it doesn't have big, dramatic climax against a comic-book big, bad villain. It acts more or less as a character study, as we see a year of Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon's lives. I think it's a great exploration of their characters, but acts as an even better exploration of Gotham City as it's own character. It gives the reader a sense of life in a location that is pretty unheard of for other comics. Because it's only a four issue series, it is very meticulous about how it tells its story and is very effective at delivering the story that it's trying to tell.

4.5/5 stars. Read it, at least do it for the experience.

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mammothhawk229e
Jun 28, 2017

Arguably first time we see ginger haired James Gordon.

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tj_is_cool
May 05, 2016

One of my favorite Frank Miller stories.

charliebooks0208 Sep 10, 2015

This was a great introduction to batman and gordon! 5 stars!!

KateHillier Apr 01, 2015

A classic of Batman comics and for a very good reason. You almost feel like you've slipped in to Frank Miller's Sin City at points as you move into Gotham with Jim Gordon and he realises what kind of city he has brought himself and his family into. On the other hand we have Bruce Wayne returning to Gotham City and his own trials and failures at being Batman, once Batman is what he decides to be.

It is a fantastic comic. Harsh and gritty art. Unforgiving plot on both Gordon and Batman narratives as both men try and fail and do things they are not proud of for both stupid reasons and for the greater good. You can see where Christopher Nolan got some of his inspiration for his Batman films.

If you're a Batman fan and you haven't read this one yet, you really need to

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angeye87
Jul 03, 2014

Absolutely loved it! Would highly recommend! I love how Miller portrayed Batman. Every fan should def check it out!

Mark_Daly Mar 22, 2014

This book's subtlest strength is its brevity -- just four regular-sized comic book issues. There's no room for self-indulgence. Within that constraint, Miller made a wise choice in twinning Batman's story with that of Commissioner Gordon. In fact, it's mostly Gordon we hear from as each man struggles to find his place in Gotham. That keeps the familiar story fresh. Finally, the coloring by Richmond Lewis is frequently offbeat, yet so integrated with the rest of the book that you may hardly notice it. Hard to believe this "Year One" tale is a quarter-century old. It seems timeless.

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OliviaJ98
Jun 03, 2013

Great read, and kick off to my summer reading pilgrimage. Love the parallels between Gordon and Bruce, and the rise of our beloved Dark Knight.

dp50268n Dec 10, 2012

Enjoyed it greatly, I really liked the scene when inspiration struck Bruce. It was a moment where I just had to nod my head in acceptance.

Jedimaster_NYC Oct 14, 2011

Along with "The Killing Joke" by Alan Moore, "Batman: Year One" is arguably the best Batman graphic novel ever written.

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angeye87
Jul 03, 2014

'You've eaten Gotham's wealth. It's Spirit. Your feast is nearly over. From this moment on... none of you are safe.'

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angeye87
Jul 03, 2014

'I'd rather die... than wait. I have waited eighteen years, since that night... since all sense left my life.'

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angeye87
Jul 03, 2014

'He's out to clean up a city that likes being dirty'

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angeye87
Jul 03, 2014

'They've got him CORNERED.
They've got him OUTNUMBERED.
They've got him TRAPPED.

They're in TROUBLE'

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