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Batman: Year One Review

My Readers: “Where have you been?”

Me: “Family issues.”

Right, now that that’s out of the way, time to get to business. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and art by David Mazzucchelli. Just say that to any comic fan and you’ll hear nothing but praise for it. Hell, it’s even considered to be the definite Batman origin story. I’ve had the comic collecting dust on my shelf for a year now and recently said, “right, time to read this.” After reading it, my thoughts can be summed up as, “really? This is a classic?”

So the story is about Commissioner Gordon, who was Lieutenant when this comic took place, just arrive in Gotham City and is trying to do everything to prove himself. His big chance comes when a vigilante dressed as a bat comes along and the city is starting to sing Gordon’s praises.

Notice how I barely touched on Batman? That’s because he’s a second fiddle character here. Yeah, a comic called BATMAN: YEAR ONE, the majority of the focus is on Gordon. It’s like those Star Wars novels where they have a character from one of the movies displayed prominently on the cover and when you read the book they’re only in it for, like, ten pages and the rest of the book is some new character that 9/10 dies at the end.

Oh, and Catwoman is in this comic. I can’t tell you why she’s in it because she really serves no purpose at all.

As for the story itself, it’s nothing special. It’s just a cop trying to be a good cop taking place in the DCU. The biggest problem is the pacing is all over the place. It’s either too fast or too slow. Not to mention Miller’s penchant for having his characters narrate. If this was a gritty noir story that’d be fine because that’s the genre. In a Batman comic, it feels off.

Another thing is the events that unfold just aren’t that interesting or are resolved too easily. I felt like skimming most of the story I was falling asleep.

The art is fine..for its time. While, yes,  when this comic came out the art was brilliant because there wasn’t anything like it at the time. Then every DC comic started looking like that and it got old. If anything, the art makes this comic look dated. It’s not terrible, the Batman outfit looks nice, but it’s just not that interesting to look at.

In all, yeah, Batman: Year One may have pioneered the Batman mythos back in the day, but so much has been written about Batman and a ton of origin stories written that this feels like a relic from a dark past. The story isn’t that great, Batman isn’t the star, and it’s not paced well. Just play Batman: Arkham Origin if you want a better Batman origin story.

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The Death of Superman Review

That’s right, another comic review. This time, it’s the comic that sparked a ton of controversy when it was released: The Death of Superman.

The idea of Superman dying was at the time inconceivable. This icon of good triumphing over evil just couldn’t die. DC did just that.

Now, I remember by friend warned me about this comic, saying it’s terrible. Of course, I had to actually read the thing to make my decision, and, after reading the first part called Doomsday, I can say that, yes, it is terrible.

The story is some alien called Doomsday has arrived on Earth and is wreaking havoc. Now it’s up to Superman to stop him. The story started with Superman stopping a bunch of underworlders from killing Lois Lane. After that, Doomsday comes and starts beating up a bunch of Justice League members. Which members? Who cares, they all get their asses kicked. Even Supergirl gets her faced warped by Doomsday (I say face warped because when Doomsday punches her in the face the art is so bad it looks like it gets warped.) After that, it’s nothing but one prolonged fight between Doomsday and Superman that culminates with both combatants dying.

And then a year later Superman comes back and says that he didn’t die, he just went into a Kryptonian regenerative hibernation. So, basically, this series should just be called The Sleep of Superman. This right here is one of the biggest reasons for the comic book crash of the nineties. After knowing that, there really is no reason to read this comic.

Actually, there is only one reason: To see what all the hullabaloo was about and for completion sake. Also, according to my friends who have pretty much read every Superman comic, This wouldn’t be the first time Superman dies and comes back. This is why I tend to avoid DC/Marvel unless it’s one of the movies or it’s one of the super popular comics (The Killing Joke, Batman Year One and the like.)

The art is, well, it’s nineties comic art. There really isn’t much to say because comic art during that time was pretty mediocre at best.

With that, I could’ve lived my whole life without reading this comic. The story has no thought put into it and the art is meh at best. I do plan on continuing the storyline out of curiosity, though.

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