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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 190

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today, we take a look at a nifty scene from Batman: Year One.

Enjoy!

I’m sure we’ll see plenty of moments from Batman: Year One before this year is out, so for the first moment from the storyline, I’ve decided to go a little bit off the beaten path (as there are a lot more famous moments from the story than this one).

In Batman #405, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, we see the beginning of Batman’s war on crime.

He serves notice on the crooks of the city (both official criminals and politicians/criminals) in this amazing sequence…

What an amazing sequence, with “the” moment being either Batman’s speech or the actual extinguishing of the flame.

Although, here’s a neat little “epilogue,” of sorts, from the next page.

Classic.

21 Comments

Fantastic. I’m going to be (one of) the first to say the inevitable: what the hell happened to Frank Miller? How do you go from here to All Star Batman and Robin?

I wish this scene made it into “Batman Begins”…

It’s one of my favorite moments, too. I loved the way Miller/Mazzucchelli used the black panels throughout the story.

dr matt > Yes, it’s really sad. Maybe growing older + 9/11 + not caring anymore about characters he doesn’t own contributed to make Frank Miller the way he is today.

However, Miller’s work has always been satirical/grotesque. For example, DKR could be perceived as “Frank Miller gets away with (Batman’s) murder”.

Still one of the best written and best looking books ever. And I still prefer the original colouring to the recolouring done for the TPB

Matt Lazorwitz

July 10, 2009 at 5:59 am

This is one of THE definitive Batman moments for me. It sends chills down my spine every time I see it.

Dr, Matt,

How do you go from this to All Star? You subtract Mazzucchelli, that’s how.

That shrouded image of Batman framed by the hole in the wall and smoke swirling around him is awesome.

Still gives me goosebumps everytime I read it. “Classic” indeed.

LouReedRichards

July 10, 2009 at 9:00 am

One of my all time favorite comic book moments. I’m not a really big Batman fan, but Year One is one of the finest comic book stories I’ve ever read. Am I the only one who greatly prefers this to The Dark Knight Returns?

Mazzucchelli is at the top of his game here. The perfect blend of his own style and Toth.

I love this comic so much that I got my mom to read it. Hey, she’s the one that asked “What is it that you love so much about these things?”. She liked it ok, never asked for another one though…

@DanCJ – I’ve only got one of the single issues,and it’s been a long time since I looked at it. The TPB I have is from the late 80’s early 90’s, the coloring seemed pretty good to me, did they recolor it more recently. Did Richmond Lewis do it? – Thx

that is one of the moments i liked about batman year one. frank miller other story that proves he gets the dark knight and also shows what batman was like starting out giving notice that a new sheriff is in gotham

Frank Miller is still a genius – but now his only interest in Batman is for self-satirical purposes. As a satire, “All-Star Batman” is very good; but that wasn’t what DC had promised the series would be, and many fans never warmed up to the biting satire that Miller served.

I personally enjoy seeing what a de-glamourized Batman would REALLY be like, which is the whole point of “All-Star Batman”… he would be a borderline psycho, brutal and completely antisocial. Once I figured out what Miller was going for with the series, everything made sense. It’s not for everybody’s tastes, granted, but it’s still a solid satirical series.

Daniel O' Dreams

July 10, 2009 at 11:14 am

I always liked this sequence (and the whole of Year One) because it shows how much preparation goes into Batman making it look effortless. I gotta sneak in, knock out the guards, fix the spotlight, etc….. brilliant.

I miss non-crazy Frank Miller.

I can’t pinpoint a “moment.” All of page 14 for me. Although the epilogue was hilarious!

Still one of the best Batman stories ever told….I loved how the new films sorta took a cue from this series in how to treat Gordon as a character.

“As a satire, “All-Star Batman” is very good; but that wasn’t what DC had promised the series would be, and many fans never warmed up to the biting satire that Miller served.”

I immediately recognised it as satire, but the whole “Batman if he was REAL” got played out about halfway into the first volume of The Authority. It would’ve been a great idea in 1995 – and timelier, as DC was in the middle of their period of deconstructing Miller’s vision of Batman in DKR then – but, really, how many “Batman is really a psychopath” plays on the character do we need?

(‘sides, I always thoought the point was that it was acknowledged that 99.99999% of the population would have gone insane, but that Bruce’s willpower keeps him somewhat stable and functional. And that’s Batman’s superpower.)

“Am I the only one who greatly prefers this to The Dark Knight Returns?”

No

“What an amazing sequence, with “the” moment being either Batman’s speech or the actual extinguishing of the flame.”

It is both–since they are interconnected–great choice for a moment.

@DanCJ – I’ve only got one of the single issues,and it’s been a long time since I looked at it. The TPB I have is from the late 80’s early 90’s, the coloring seemed pretty good to me, did they recolor it more recently. Did Richmond Lewis do it? – Thx

I think there’s only one version of the colouring in the TPB version so you’ll be looking at the same one as me. The higher production values of the colouring in the TPB are nicer, but I prefer the colour choices in the issues. Also the colourist in teh TPB added patterns to wallpaper and duvet covers a couple of times which I find very jarring.

[…] thought: how could would it have been if this scene made it into BATMAN BEGINS? Oooh, hey – if DC needs an idea for a straight-to-video animated trilogy that would rake in […]

It’s so interesting seeing David Mazzucchelli’s style here when placed next to “Born Again”. I love how he adapts his style to fit both stories.

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