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Batman: Year One

Batman: Year One

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by Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli (Illustrator), Richmond Lewis (Illustrator)

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"If there is one book that deserves mention in the same breath as Watchmen or The Dark Knight Returns, it's Batman: Year One."—Miami Herald

"This is a story no true Batman fan should be able to resist."—School Library Journal

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DC Comics
Publication date:
Batman Series
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Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Frank Miller began his career in comics in the late 1970s and rose to fame while first drawing, and then writing, Daredevil for Marvel Comics. He was also the creative force behind Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, and Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again.  His many works have not only redefined classic characters, but also, on a few occasions, revitalized the comics industry. His creator-owned Sin City hit the page in 1991, and then the silver screen in 2005 — with Miller on board as co-director. His multi-award-winning 300 graphic novel was brought to full-blooded life in the 2007 motion picture of the same name, and in 2008 he directed the feature film of Will Eisner’s The Spirit.

David Mazzucchelli drew his first professional comic book while majoring in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. After a handful of jobs for Marvel and DC Comics, he became the regular artist on Marvel’s Daredevil, where he first collaborated with writer Frank Miller to produce the highly successful and critically acclaimed seven-part story “Born Again.” David’s most recent project is the self-published Rubber Blanket. His work on BATMAN and Daredevil has earned him both an American Comic Book Award and Spain’s Haxtur Prize.  In 2009, Pantheon Books published Mazzucchelli's Asterios Polyp, which was met with critical acclaim.  In 2010,
Asterios Polyp won three Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer/Artist, Best Lettering.

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Batman: Year One 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
Frank Miller presents an absolutely memorable origin story for Batman--the best of any origin story for this character.
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eg180 More than 1 year ago
They should change the title to "Jim Gordon: Year One." I'm not going to say I didn't like it, it was a good read. However, it's not like this is the "definitive" origin story or even the best one. For starters, it's less than half about Batman. It's told from the perspective of Bruce/Batman and Jim Gordon, but it seems to center more on Gordon than Batman. Sure, you see Bruce coming back to Gotham and trying to be a vigilante, but it's patchy. They go from him trying a simple disguise that doesn't work to deciding to become a bat through the usual means (one comes through his window) and, the next thing you know, he's Batman. We see some of the stuff he does as Batman, but not a lot of it. We mostly see him fight thugs and corrupt city officials. We don't see him doing much investigation or even hunting down criminals. He just pops up to do things and then goes away. The rest of the book is a very in-depth telling of Jim Gordon's first year in Gotham. He comes to Gotham after getting into some unspecified trouble in Chicago and then has to deal with a pregnant wife, corrupt cops and a lot of other stuff, including the Batman problem. It just seems like the book is more about Gordon than it is Batman. That's not really a problem, I like Jim Gordon's character. However, the book shouldn't really be called "Batman: Year One" when it's hardly about Batman. Most Batman books center solely around the title character, this is one of the few I've read that doesn't. I just don't get people raving about this book like it's the ultimate origin story for Batman when that part of the plot is overshadowed by Jim Gordon's part of the plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pinnacle. A back to basics approach re-telling the tale of Batman's origins. No other work draws you into the world of Gotham City and it's malcontents quite like this one. This Gotham actually feels like a real place. The story does a superb job of chronicling the daily grind of a vigilante's existence. And it is a grind. Enough cannot be said of Mazzucchelli's artwork. His rudimentary approach is perfect for Batman. It's timeless. No one has ever done a better job of capturing the noirish quality of Batman's crime-ridden world. You can almost feel the grit and grime. No other installment of Batman holds up over the years quite like this one does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to get into Batman, and have no idea where to start, buy this. This book is considered one of the best Batman origins ever written. After witnessing his parent's death, Bruce Wayne left America to travel around Eurasia to learn crime fighting and detective techniques. The book starts right as Bruce hops off the plane at Gotham airport. Of course the press is there barraging him with questions in their usual fashion (Including asking him if there's any truth to the rumor about him and Princess Caroline, WTF?). This may sound strange, but this book is as much about Jim Gordon as it is about Bruce Wayne (maybe even more). Gordon is a Lieutenant transferring from Chicago to Gotham following a pretty bad scandal back in Chicago. Anyway, Gordon learns right away that Gotham City is ruled by corruption. The officers, detectives, and commissioner are all bought. Jim learns how hard things are fast. Bruce knows he wants to fight crime, but he doesn't know how. He tries to fight crime but he ends up failing because of the lack of fear the criminals have for him. The answer comes to him when a bat crashes through his window in his study. Batman is born. Meanwhile, the very mild-mannered Bruce Wayne is trying to shake suspicions that the single faced Harvey Dent and Jim Gordon have of him being Batman (imagine that). Throw in a dash of Batman action, a dash of a prostitute Selina Kyle, and a Jim Gordon that's not exactly faithful to his wife. I do have a few beefs with this book though. It's a little short at just under 100 pages with only a few chapters. Also, I've never seen a bald Selina Kyle as a prostitute and Catwoman. I don't read the Catwoman comic, but that's new to me. I also don't see why Batman wouldn't carry a gun, it's his first week of crime fighting, I don't think he has his set morals yet. But all in all this is a great book, I definitely suggest reading this before seeing Batman Begins because Begins 'borrows' a lot of concepts from this book (I read the script).
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Entertaining take on Batman at age 18. Frank Miller wrote the story to Year One as the "alpha to his omega, Batman Returns." Great full color art. Lots of extras at the end. Enjoyable. I wish it was longer. Recommended. -Avid Reader
Lufbra More than 1 year ago
This origin story stays true to the original Batman origin but includes Commissioner Gordons first year in Gotham as a lieutenant which and interesting element to the narrative but I feel that this book is simply too short to fully compliment these two storylines. There are only four editions with each one covering a different season during Batman's first year. This leads to a story that is disjointed and unfocused with a cast of many minors characters all playing second fiddle to the larger narrative of Gordon and Batman. Harvey Dent and Bruce Wayne are completely underused and the Catwoman woman storyline seems forced and unnecessary. The artwork also doesn't help being blanketed in gaudy 80's colors and little use of shadow that always enhances a Batman tale. Also Batman is depicted more as a wild vigilante than a master detective and the reader never is shown how Batman arrived at the place he did when he finally gets around to taking down the slime that is destroying Gotham. All in all this book is a should read as opposed to a must read in the Batman universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are new to Batman and want to get to know Bruce Wayne and his origins, This is where you should start. The art is amazing and the extra features in the back (Art and script) are absolutely fascinating.
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Good good all day!
Nai20 More than 1 year ago
If you like batman, this is a good comic book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a child, yours truly had a passion for reading. That passion was squashed by some horrendous books in high school and college. However, a Christmas gift has reignited that passion after many years. This is all thanks to my Mum, who I love so dearly. Batman: Year One is a fantastic piece on the origins of Batman, and subsequently, the origins of Jim Gordon. Over the course of a calendar year, the characyers grow, reflect, and mature. Magnificent writing, and gorgeous pieces of art, pop of the pages.
WellReadGiant More than 1 year ago
Great story that influenced much of modern Batman media. The art is in a classic comic book style which works really well with the origin story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only way I can actually explain the sheer genius of this story is to say that if you don't read this book, you're not a Batman fan. Period. Now, why is it so awesome? Well, because it revolutionizes the character by doing this: it makes Batman relateable and cool after decades of him not being cool ( this book was written in the '80's, remember ) while not just turning him into a run of the mill amarchist you hear about on the evening news. No, this Batman is out there to take his city back. Many people argue that the story is not Bruce's at all, but Jim's. I respectfully disagree, because I think this book is actually about the both of them coming together under extraordinary circumstances. It's about two men, two friends, much like Butch and Sundance, Kirk and Spock, Holmes and Watson, Harry and Ron and Frodo and Sam. So, like I said, if you don't read this, you're not a Batman fan ( heck, you're not a comic fan ).
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