Truth be told, I didn’t read any comics when I was a kid. My sister’s boyfriend gave my brother and me a whole stack of comic books (I still have them), but back then I just never got into it. Sure, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Superman, and Captain America were prevalent characters in my childhood, but none of that exposure came from the source. No, it wasn’t until I was already an adult that I finally picked up my first comic book. That story is worthy of its own post, though, at some other time. Welcome to MyIdeaPark’s Comic Book Corner: This month ‘Batman: Year One’.
I’ve been looking for a new hero to read up on, starting at their origin. I’m a fan of getting the whole story, and I want to experience classic heroes in as fluid a light as possible. Hopefully, without necessarily having to read everything from the Golden Age of Comic Books. I’d prefer it if the storylines I was reading were a little newer (when possible) and also in chronological order so the story is still intact. Obviously, if I intend to uncover the entire story, I’m going to have to read some of the older material. That’s fine, comics from all ages are absolutely amazing, I’m just fascinated with the modern artwork.
I’m not exactly a comic book nerd, though, and I definitely don’t mean that in a derogatory way. Hear me out. Not being a nerd about comics means I have little to no idea where to start. I’m at a disadvantage here. I would love to know more, and I intend to because I think the stories are both exciting and empowering. Nowadays they’re even extremely relatable. I decided to read up on Batman because his story has always intrigued me. I feel like humanity can relate to him more than most of the other superheroes out there. Still, Batman was conceived by Bob Kane and Bill Finger a long time ago. His first appearance was in Detective Comics #27, 1939. Seventy-eight years later, where do I begin?
Enter DC Database. I found their site after doing a quick Google search for ‘Batman recommended reading’. They actually have some fairly extensive lists available for a whole variety of DC heroes, check it out for yourself here. So far I’m digging the site, and have started reading the Batman comics based on their suggestions. So without further ado, I would like to present you with my assessment of ‘Batman: Year One’.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t entirely thrilled about reading this one, but boy was I wrong. The story was nothing short of epic and the artwork, though slightly dated, still rang true to the tone of our mysterious knight. What I’m saying is, I’ve never been so impressed with a comic before. Frank Miller wrote an absolutely amazing piece and Dave Mazzucchelli complimented that story with his art flawlessly. If you’ve never read any Batman comics, I would highly recommend starting here.