Year One

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Random House, Inc.
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. Sometimes careless and naive, this Dark Knight is far from the flawless vigilante he is today.

In his first year on the job, Batman feels his way around a Gotham City far darker than the one he left. His solemn vow to extinguish the town’s criminal element is only half the battle; along with Lieutenant James Gordon, the Dark Knight must also fight a police force more corrupt than the scum in the streets.

BATMAN: YEAR ONE stands next to BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS on the mantle of greatest Batman graphic novels of all time. Timeless in its appeal, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s masterpiece would stand apart from the crowded comics field even today.

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.

Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the events that led to Bruce Wayne's becoming Batman and his first year fighting crime.

Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2005
ISBN: 9781401207526
Characteristics: 96 p. : chiefly ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Mazzucchelli, David


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Jun 28, 2017

Arguably first time we see ginger haired James Gordon.

Aug 03, 2016

This story talks about Batman's early years. I loved it! The way the story is told from Batman AND Gordon's point of view was really nice.

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

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.

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.

Mar 17, 2013

This is the quintessential Batman graphic novel. It gives a different light on the character by showing his rookie mistakes, giving him a sense of humanity that isn't often found in his other graphic novels. The art is really cool as well; Batman Year One has my favorite Batman out of all of the graphic novels that I have read. If you are a Batman fan, you must read this graphic novel.

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.

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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.'

Jul 03, 2014

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

Jul 03, 2014

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

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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