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litlte kon-el

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wK92

Subj: The key wtih Frank Miller's Batman: Year One
Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 at 09:27:47 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Batman: Year One is NOT The Best Batman Story.
Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 at 05:01:06 pm EST

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> Does anyone agree with me that Batman: Year One is a little bit overrated. I do think it's pretty good, and I really like the (Jim) Gordon parts, but I don't really see why people hold this storyline as the best or second best Batman story. It did have really good art. Maybe I'll re-read it again, but I think the Long Halloween was better.

Personally I think it is an amazing story.I think it helps to take into account the time of its release.At the time Batman NEEDED to be brought back to street level.That book did it.

However my favorite is the original Dark Knight Returns.That book captured its time perfectly,using the Batman mythos to comment on the culture of America in the 80's.Great stuff.

> Personally I think it is an amazing story.I think it helps to take into account the time of its release.At the time Batman NEEDED to be brought back to street level.That book did it.
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It wasn't like Batman wasn't "Street Level" before this. Previous writers had Batman as the Dark Knight long before Miller decided to give his version.

The key with B:YO is that no one had ever thought of depicting the Dark Knight as slightly unhinged...almost making Batman Robert DiNero from Taxi Driver (check out the scene where Batman confronts Selina for the first time and tell me that isn't out of Taxi Driver).

I think Miller is unique because he told the "last Batman story" and hte "first Batman story" for the generation growing up after the Crisis Reboot. His work is influential because everyone in between has had to write by acknowledging his version of Batman. Even the movies have had to acknowledge it...with Batman Begins taking as much from the original Ras Al Ghul stories as from Miller's Batman from Year One.

- little kon-el