After the success of DARK KNIGHT we saw the sequel BATMAN YEAR ONE. I remember this one flying off the shelves at the comic store when the issues came out.
We see a two new arrivals in Gotham. One a police lieutenant with a bit of a past who finds corruption rampart in the force and a fellow officer who he falls for creating corruption in his marriage.
We also find a rich playboy who thinks he is ready to begin his revenge on the underworld for the lives of his parents, starting with the corrupt police force.
Several things in the Batman mythos are re-written. Gordon is a thirty something cop, Selina Kyle is a hooker instead of a jewel thief, it is a darker and gritter story, more in the genre of the Japaneese style of comics for adults. Considering the direction Miller took daredevil it is no big shock.
It was the second step on the road to comics no longer being something for kids. It was a great story, and a fine plot. The artwork was done well, the style fit the story well, but save it for when the kids hit 15.
What did you think of this review?
Written by Frank Miller with artwork by Dave Mazzucchelli, Batman: Year One takes place approximately ten to twelve years in the past. The story is revealed from the perspective of young Lt. James Gordon, and begins on the night that he first arrives in Gotham City. It introduces several key characters including Detective Sarah Essen, who will later return to continuity as Gordon's second wife and future commissioner of Gotham City. It also introduces Carmine "The Roman" Falcone, Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb, and Detective Arnold John Flass – all of whom will become key characters in follow up storylines such as Batman: The Long Halloween and Batman: Dark Victory. A modernized version of Catwoman is likewise introduced, revealing that prior to becoming a cat burglar and nemesis to the Batman she was a prostitute working in Gotham’s East End. The details surrounding Catwoman’s early years are expanded upon in greater ...