"Year One", later referred to as "Batman: Year One", is an American comic book story arc published by DC Comics which recounts the superhero Batman's first. “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. In fact, Batman Year One is the first comic that I've ever read. This is one of those books that's been absorbed into the public consciousness so fully that.
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Batman: Year One is the title of a Batman comic story arc written by Frank Miller, series within a series" format that is now prevalent in American comic books. Batman: Year One was published from February to May of and ran through issues # of the regular Batman comic book series. In , DC Comics. Comic Book. VIEW GALLERY. a. DC COMICS ESSENTIALS: BATMAN YEAR ONE SPECIAL EDITION #1. U.S. Price: $ Availabledownload Now. PrintDigital Find.
Gordon arrests notorious drug kingpin Jefferson Skeevers , who has ties to Loeb and Flass.
Dent allows Skeevers to be released on bail, so Batman can intimidate him into testifying. Skeevers turns over on Flass, who turns over on Loeb. Gordon visits Wayne Manor to check Bruce's alibis, and Bruce puts on a convincing show as a drunken playboy.
Loeb threatens to tell Barbara about Sarah, so Gordon tells her himself. Barbara finally delivers, and they have a son. Catwoman gets upset that Batman is receiving credit for her crimes, and decides to scratch her victims' faces as a signature. Batman listens in on the Roman while he is hiring Johnny Viti as a hitman.
Catwoman interrupts this meeting to rob Falcone, and meets Batman for the first time. Batman takes out the bodyguards while Catwoman scratches Falcone, and they both escape.
Bruce realizes Falcone is targeting Gordon, and drives to his house in daylight with no costume. Viti tries to kidnap Gordon's baby, but Gordon chases him down in a firefight.
They tumble over a bridge, and the baby falls. Bruce leaps in and saves the child's life. Gordon remarks that he cannot see Batman without his glasses, and tells him to leave before the cops arrive.
In the aftermath, Loeb goes down and gets replaced by Commissioner Grogan. The Roman goes to war with his sister, Carla Viti. Gordon gets promoted to Captain and begins seeing a marriage counselor with Barbara.
Batman and Gordon begin working together, meeting on the rooftop. Gordon remarks that someone has threatened to poison the reservoir, a man calling himself the Joker. There have been several companion stories written to Year One , expanding on details and providing background information. Some events taking place in-between Year One were expanded on the first storyline of the title Legends of the Dark Knight , called Batman: Since the publication of Year One , several other stories have continued its plot threads.
Batman: Year One
Jeph Loeb 's The Long Halloween continued many plot threads, explaining the downfall of Carmine Falcone and the rise of costumed villains. The feature film Batman Begins also uses many of the same characters and themes and the whole storyline was later adapted into an animated movie of the same name.
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After the Crisis on Infinite Earths , a — maxiseries which completely reset the continuity of the entire DC Universe , all of DC's major characters and franchises needed to be updated to reflect the changes in the events of their lives. Multiple story arcs were put out to explain these rebooted versions of popular characters.
Batman: Year One
Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. This is one of many Post-Crisis reboots, Without warning it comes Both are swiftly acquainted with the corruption and violence of Gotham City, with Gordon witnessing his partner Detective Arnold John Flass assaulting an African-American teen for fun. After refusing a proposition from a teenage prostitute Holly Robinson , Bruce is reluctantly drawn into a brawl with her violent pimp and is attacked by several prostitutes, including dominatrix Selina Kyle.
Two police officers shoot and take him in their squad car, but a dazed and bleeding Bruce breaks his handcuffs and causes a crash, dragging the police to a safe distance before fleeing.
A bat crashes through a window and settles on the bust, giving him the inspiration to become the Batman. In revenge, the recovering Gordon tracks Flass down, beats him, and leaves him naked and handcuffed in the snow. As Gordon becomes a minor celebrity for several brave acts, Batman strikes for the first time, attacking a group of thieves.
After Batman interrupts a dinner party attended by many of Gotham's corrupt politicians and crime bosses to announce his intention to bring them to justice, including Carmine "The Roman" Falcone , Loeb orders Gordon to bring him in by any means necessary. As Gordon tries in vain to catch him, Batman attacks Falcone, stripping him naked and tying him up in his bed and dumping his car in the river, infuriating the mob boss.
Essen holds Batman at gunpoint while Gordon is momentarily dazed, but Batman disarms her and flees to an abandoned building. Claiming the building has been scheduled for demolition, Loeb orders a bomb to be dropped on it, forcing Batman into the fortified basement, where he abandons his utility belt as it catches fire. After tranquilizing Branden, Batman dodges bullets as Branden's team opens fire on him, barely managing to survive after two bullet wounds.
After witnessing him in action, Selina Kyle dons a costume of her own to begin a life of crime. Gordon has a brief affair with Essen, while Batman intimidates a mob drug dealer for information. The dealer comes to Gordon to testify against Flass, who is brought up on charges. Upset with Gordon's exploits, Loeb blackmails Gordon against pressing charges with proof of his affair.
After bringing Barbara with him to interview Bruce Wayne, investigating his connection to Batman, Gordon confesses the affair to her. While leaving home, Gordon spots a motorcyclist enter his garage.
Suspicious, Gordon enters to see Johnny Vitti, Falcone's nephew, and his thugs holding his family hostage. Gordon decisively shoots the thugs and chases Vitti, who has fled with the baby. The mysterious motorcyclist, now revealed to the reader as Bruce Wayne, rushes out to chase Vitti. Gordon blows out Vitti's car tire on a bridge and the two fight hand-to-hand, with Gordon losing his glasses, before Vitti and James Gordon Jr.
Bruce leaps over the railing and saves the baby. Gordon realizes that he is standing before an unmasked Batman, but says that he is "practically blind without [his] glasses", and lets Bruce go.
In the final scenes of the comic, Flass turns on Loeb, supplying Dent with evidence and testimony, and Loeb resigns. Gordon is promoted to captain and stands on the rooftop waiting to meet Batman to discuss somebody called the Joker , who is plotting to poison the reservoir. Two years before the relaunch, Batman had all-time low sales of 75, copies per month; "Year One" sold an average of , copies an issue, numbers not seen since the early s.
Despite this, it did not outsell other books like Uncanny X-Men , and the collected edition sold well but never matched the sales of The Dark Knight Returns. Hilary Goldstein IGN compared their journey to friendship to the plot of the film Serpico ; they found that the two characters' respective story arcs—with Gordon's "illustrat[ing] the corruption in Gotham" and Batman's detailing "the transformation from man to myth"—offered an exploration of Batman's world like no other.
Manning called the characterization realistic. The story's depiction of Gotham and dark tone has also been acclaimed.
Journalist James Lovegrove described "Year One" as a "noir-inflected pulp tale of vigilantism and integrity, focused on a good man doing the right thing in a dirty world" and noted the brutality of its fight sequences. Mazzucchelli's art was noted as a standout. Before the New 52 in , Batman: Year One was followed by Batman: Year Two , but the Zero Hour: Crisis in Time crossover erased Year Two from continuity.
In another continuity re-arrangement, Catwoman: Year One Catwoman Annual 2, posited that Selina Kyle had not actually been a prostitute, but, rather, a thief posing as one in order to commit crimes.
Launched in , following the success of the film Batman , the title Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight examines crime-fighting exploits primarily, not exclusively, from the first four to five years of Batman's career.
This title rotated in creative teams and time placement, but several stories directly relate to the events of Year One , especially the first arc "Batman: The Long Halloween and Batman: Dark Victory , two issue maxiseries that recounted Batman's early years as a crime-fighter following the events of Miller's original story and retold the origins of Two-Face and Dick Grayson.
The Year One story was continued in the graphic novel Batman: The Man Who Laughs , following up on Gordon informing Batman about the Joker, and thus recounting their first official encounter.
The comics Robin: Year One and Batgirl: Year One describe his sidekicks' origin stories. Two sequels titled Batman: Year Two and Batman: Year Three were released in and Joss Whedon and Joel Schumacher both pitched their own takes. The film was to be written by Miller, who finished an early draft of the script. My Batman was too nice for him. We would argue about it, and I'd say, 'Batman wouldn't do that, he wouldn't torture anybody'". In , Christopher Nolan began his series, with the reboot film Batman Begins , which draws inspiration from "Year One" and other stories.
Film critic Michael Dodd argued that with each major motion picture focused on the Dark Knight's origins, the odes and references to the Year One comic increased.
Comparing Mask of the Phantasm with Batman Begins he noted that " The second half of the fourth season of the Batman-based television series Gotham is inspired by Batman: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the film, see Batman: Year One film. Batman - The Complete History: The Life and Times of the Dark Knight. Commodity as Myth. Critical Approaches to a Superhero and His Media. London, The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture.
Retrieved September 10, Back Issue!
New York City: Da Capo Press. London, United Kingdom: Then, one cold day in February, an odd thing happened. Issue came, and it was a whole different Batman. They had done something to Batman that I would never have thought possible. They seemed to strip him of all the conventional superhero baggage bright colors, flamboyant villains and to distill him down to some earlier, purer state—a state in which, paradoxically, he had never really existed before.
He was taking those roots, mixing them with 40s hardboiled fiction and 70s crime films, and creating a new Batman. In other words, the source material is a landmark classic.
Year One reads and looks unlike any other comic I can think of. It was, in a word, revolutionary. He took the premise at face value: how does the traumatized son of murdered parents become a rodent-impersonating vigilante?Needless to say, of these only Year One is considered to be part of mainstream DC continuity. Batman Vol. No lunch. Over the course on the project, Aronofsky claims that the film wasn't greenlighted because Warner Brothers found it to be too violent, citing that an R-rated Batman film wouldn't appeal to children.
I was twelve years old. Painting the Medium : Gordon's narration has a printed font on a yellow background, while Batman's is cursive on white. Batman loses his Utility Belt but survives, although some winos are not so lucky. Year One.
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