After deconstructing Batman in THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and changing the way comics are written in the process, Frank Miller tackled the history of Batman by examining Bruce Wayne's first year as Batman in BATMAN: YEAR ONE. Personally, I enjoyed this novel much more than DKR. Gotham is a gritty place, full of corruption and slime. However, it is redeemable. Lieutenant Gordan (not yet the commissioner) and the new vigillante Batman illustrate that through the work they accomplish. However, though Gordan and Bruce Wayne are heroes, B:Y1 points out that they are only humans too: Gordan has an affair with another officer during his wife's pregnancy and Wayne is almost killed in his first attempt at crime fighting. The book is full of emotion and character and much more humanity than some of Miller's other work, and it makes for great reading.
During the 1980s there was a real attempt in the comic book industry to cater to the interests, maturity, and cynicism of adults rather than to the naivete, innocence, and adventurous spirit of children. Many classic comic book superheroes were resurrected into the world of the '80s and given very grim contemporary story lines to make them more realistic and compelling. Perhaps one of the most compelling of these story lines is that written by Frank Miller. In the late '70s and into the … more
When this miniseries first came out back in the eighties it left everyone breathless. David Mazzucchelli's art is some of the finest I've ever seen. It moves like a motion picture yet every still is ready to be framed (nice homage to the famous Hopper painting on the side: Gorden and Sgt. Essen having a late night coffee in a cafe called ... Hopper) Frank Miller tells a story right from the beginning of the Batman saga. Bruce Wayne and Lieutenant Gordon discover they are both fighting … more
Another example of a great comic book that definately isn't for kids.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 … more
Batman: Year One was published from February to May of 1987 and ran through issues #404-407 of the regular Batman comic book series. In 1985, DC Comics sought to streamline a shared continuity which had become bogged down by over sixty years worth of stories. This ambitious initiative culminated in a company wide "cosmic reboot" which took place in the twelve issue maxi series Crisis on Infinite Earths. As such, many of DC’s more infamous characters were provided with new, updated origins – Batman included.
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 ...