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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401207526
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 01/10/2007
Series: Batman Series
Pages: 138
Sales rank: 24,273
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About 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. 72 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).
oybon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good. As many people have stated, is actually more about Gordon than Batman. Arguably Batman himself is the weaker characterisation, with Gordon and ancillary characters proving more interesting.There are though, in my opinion, some further floors. The colouring in most panes adds little or nothing, in some cases detracting from the impact of the presented images. This is at its worst in action scenes where the colour acts as a visual bridge between the "traditional" camp batman of the 60's and the darker, more modern interpretation; clashing horribly. The emotional signposting in the text at these points also becomes a little wearing.Despite its faults though, still a good read and thoroughly enjoyable.
HokieGeek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never knew superheros could be so interesting and deep! I am now a Batman fanatic thanks to Frank Miller and this book. This book also opened up a world of tights for me which I had previously looked down upon. The story is rich and realistic and I couldn't get enough of it!
atia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I love the ideas behind this one, and the artwork was good, I'm not much of a Frank Miller fan. I love the desperation and the darkness and the unfairness of the world that shines through here, and altogether I liked this one much better than The Dark Knight Returns, but there was something missing. At least Batman himself was more likeable here than in The Dark Knight Returns.
theboylatham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago

Eight out of ten. CBR format.

This story details the beginning of both Bruce Wayne's career as Batman and Jim Gordon's with the Gotham City police.Jim Gordon is shocked by the corruption of fellow police officers and Bruce is weak and vulnerable. As Batman grows into his role (with help from Harvey Dent) and Gordon single-handedly cleans up the department it's clear the two would benefit from a mutual agreement.A must read to understand the beginnings of the Batman story.

Yakatizma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the book that I recommend first to new Batman readers.Frank Miller's retelling of Batman's origin broke the character free from the campy image and tone that had been established during the 60's and 70's. The Batman, James Gordon, and Harvey Dent that we meet in Year One are deep and psychologically plausible characters entangled in believable situations and conflicts.Mazzucchelli's artwork is a perfect fit for Miller's script, portraying a Gotham City coated in industrial grime, and blanketed in deep shadows. The characters themselves are often composed of starkly contrasting areas of light and dark that imply they dwell primarily in the shadows and enter into the light. All in all, this is a remarkable volume.
comfypants on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I started it, I just wanted to keep reading until the end. It's not even a particularly amazing book -- it's very good, but not as good as other Frank Miller I've read -- I just really enjoy reading super hero comic books, and this gets everything right.
AnnieMod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meet Bruce Wayne - a rich man with a dark secret and James Gordon - a troubled cop that tries to always do the correct thing in a world where the truth and justice are forgotten. Miller's Batman origin story is dark but it does show a Batman in the making - all the mistakes of the new but at the same time all the principles of Batman that had been seen through the years. And shifting the reason for him being Batman from the revenge is a good thing - yes - his parents are there and their death had happened but it is not the only reason for what he becomes... even if it is still a motivator. The story is following the lives of the two men that will become friends - Gordon and Batman (with a few cameos of Harry Dent) but it's not as easy as someone would expect. And from both stories, I was more interested in Gordon's - his reasons for the things he was doing, his personal tragedy and his attempts to fit in a new place... and to change it. Batman's story served more as a background and this is what made this graphic novel exceptional - not making Batman the main character but making him the main reason for everything. The only parts that just did not work for me were probably when Gordon suspected that Bruce was Batman and Bruce's handling of all the questions and the situation as a whole. It sounded like something out of a children's comics... which is not always bad but just did not work here. But the book is a great introduction to Batman, James Gordon and the mess called Gotham City.
jasonli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In "Batman: Year One," Miller and Mazzucchelli set out to reinvent Batman's beginnings with the conveniences and macabre of modern graphic storytelling (at least by 1986 standards).They do a brilliant job, the plot and the visuals are both compelling and stunning, though I don't think it quite reaches the depth that Miller captured in "The Dark Knight Returns." So read that first if you haven't yet.
zzshupinga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frank Miller wrote and illustrated what's widely considered to be the apex and the ending of Batman with the "Dark Knight Returns." And now he bring us Batman's beginning with "Batman: Year One" (which has been used as inspiration for the latest Batman movie.) The introduction explains that DC in the 80's decided to reboot it's three big franchises and redefine where they came from. But Batman's beginning was perfect. But they decided his beginning could be fleshed out a bit and that's what we find out in this novel. Where Batman came from. Where Gordon came from. And how together they began the team that is taking back the streets of Gotham from the criminals.Miller concocts a brilliant story that makes the characters human. We don't meet the Joker or any of the other slightly crazed villains of Batman in this book. Instead it's the type of characters that you can imagine meeting in real life. Corrupt politicians and cops are the villains in this story allowing Batman and Gordon to be the heroes that they are, not because of theatrics. But because they are human. They admit their faults and come close to admitting defeat on occasion, but they get back up again and continue the fight.Dave Mazzucchelli is the illustrator on this venture with Miller and his pencils are fantastic, especially when you look at the drawings in the back. He captures the gritty nature of Batman perfectly and how the characters move. The colors though leave a bit to be desired. I know they aren't as over the top as some of the other works produced in this era, but it seems like they obliterate a lot of detail that the pencil drawings had or should have. The artwork still works with the story, I just wish the colors had been less over powering.If you're a fan of Batman or wanting to introduce people to who Batman is then this is a great introduction and I highly recommend it along with Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns."
shannonkearns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is the first batman novel that i've ever read. i really liked the story line and the artwork was great. i'm interested in more of miller's work around the batman narrative.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Batman: Year One was written in 1986 as a way to provide additional insight and background into the Batman mythos, providing more information about his origins. In a parallel story, we also see Lt. Jim Gordon arriving in Gotham and rising in the police force, despite the fierce opposition of corrupt officers who want things to remain exactly the way they are. In terms of plot, there isn't really much of one, just a loose series of events linking Bruce Wayne/Batman and Gordon while showing the growth of both.I could see how in 1986 this book was something new and different, a darker and more brooding story than the typical fare. However, nearly 30 years later, it's not as terribly exciting as it once was. Furthermore, with the semi-recent Batman Begins movie on the scene, which fleshes out Batman's origins even further, this book pales in comparison. Still, all and all, it's an entertaining (and quick) read that's worth any Batman fan's time.
nesum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just reread this one for the fourth time, probably, and I like it more with every reading. It is, of course, weaker than Dark Knight Returns, but not by a whole lot. It's well-paced and carefully crafted. I must say that the climax is a little weak, but the characters and story drive this wonderfully. It's also fun too see just how much this book influenced Batman Begins.
Paul_Beattie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is Ground Zero for me. I had no interest in comics or graphic novels until I read this in my first year as a student in 1990. There may have been predecessors to this style, but this was the first time I encountered it. Overused phrases such as "gritty realism" do not capture just what a change in style this was for me, in terms of my appreciation of comic characters. It led me into the world of the graphic novel, and my reading interest has maintained a home there ever since. Yes, there are better graphic novels. No, there are few characters in the comic world more interesting. But if you don't know where to start with graphic novels, or perhaps feel that it is a cheap art, tawdry and unworthy of your time, then do yourself a favour and get this. It may change your outlook on the genre forever.
Ju1Garcia More than 1 year ago
This is the book you should start before anything else Batman.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago