Thursday, May 4, 2017

Review: Batman: Year One by Frank Miller (Writer), David Mazzucchelli (Illustrator), Richmond Lewis (Colorist)

Synopsis: Batman: Year One originally appeared in issues #404 to #407 of the comic book title Batman in 1987. As well as recounting Batman's early crime fighting career, the story simultaneously examines the life of recently transferred officer James Gordon - eventually building towards their partnership.

Review: This was written as part of a DC reboot in the mid-2000s. While most of the other superheros got full-rewrites, DC felt that Batman's origin story didn't need much changing. But they did want something gritty and dark - enter Frank Miller. Miller brought his trademark dark noir to Batman and it made for excellent reading.
We’re used to a Batman with experience – but here, we see a Bruce Wayne, still finding his place as Batman. Here we see Gordon, a street-cop, working his way through the corruption around him. We see Batman make mistakes. We see Gordon do the same. We see two men, both wanting to change the world, but unsure of the right path. It’s everything you want from a Batman comic – blood, danger, dark people, darker deeds. I enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend it as must-read for any Batman fan. 

Bookmarks: 4 of 5

Awards: IGN Comics, Number 2 of 25 Greatest Batman Graphic Novels

ISBN: 978-1-4012-0752-6
Year Published: 2005
Date Finished: 4-25-2017
Pages: 119

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