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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.” —Wired.com
“This may be the best Batman comic ever.” —io9
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