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Grade 4 Up–In the late 1980s, DC Comics revamped many superheroes but realized that Batman should remain true to his 1939 history. According to the introduction, the editors also decided that the public needed to know more about Batman's early life as a vigilante, and Miller and Mazzucchelli came together to produce Batman: Year One. Originally released in 1988 in four parts, the stories have been combined into one book. Opening with the arrival of Lieutenant James Gordon in Gotham's police force, the story goes on to inform readers about the level of corruption permeating the force. They also witness Bruce Wayne's first encounter with the prostitute named Selina, who will become Catwoman. Wayne speaks to his dead father, asking for guidance, and is answered with a bat on the windowsill, and Batman is born. The remaining chapters highlight Gordon's continuing difficulties with the corrupt police force, Batman's early difficulties in protecting and using his arsenal of weapons, and the first villains he chooses to pursue. At the end of the book, readers are treated to some background on Mazzucchelli's art, the production of Year One, and details on Richmond Lewis's coloring techniques. Both beginning and devoted Batman fans will enjoy this edition.–Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CA
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"This is a story no true Batman fan should be able to resist." —School Library Journal
“A gritty and atmospheric retelling of Batman’s earliest days as told by the author of the seminal Dark Knight Returns (1987). Mazuzuccelli’s art brings a new level of emotional instensity and realistic, muscular action.” —Booklist
Year One worked as a fine piece of urban crime fiction…it was just a bonus that the arc also brought new depth to iconic characters that had been around for nearly 50 years.” —A.V. Club
“[One of] the most influential Batman stories ever told.” —Vulture
“You know that saying, "If you read just one book, this is the one to read"? Well, that applies to Batman: Year One. It's not only one of the most important comics ever written, it's also among the best” —IGN
“The best thing that Miller has ever written about Batman is the Batman: Year One.”  —
“This may be the best Batman comic ever.” —io9

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1401207529
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ DC Comics; Deluxe ed. edition (January 10, 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 136 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0290204895
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0290204890
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 7 - 9
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.64 x 0.34 x 10.21 inches
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great short start into Batman
By Connor on December 3, 2018
If you're looking for an introduction into Batman or some background before reading Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns", you've come to the right place. Batman: Year One focuses on Bruce Wayne as he begins his vigilantism as the Caped Crusader, spanning the events throughout most of a year. The graphic novel also introduces to us Jim Gordon, a new police officer to Gotham City with suspected military history. While Batman's appearance is no less intriguing, I admired Gordon more as an honest cop protecting both justice and his family from harm's way. Though only 96 pages long, I could not put the book done until I finished it and read co-writer David Mazzucchelli's afterword comic narration. Batman: Year One is necessary for both longtime Batman comic book fans and newcomers alike.

On a side note, Amazon delivered Batman: Year One a day later than expected. I also found many fingerprints and other markings within the pages. The book was in good condition otherwise but it did make me wonder how these blemishes came to exist on an otherwise undisturbed book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for a comic novice
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batman is kinda like Pizza. By which I mean that even bad ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A grittier, darker Batman reboot, most definitely worth a read.
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