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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 288

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!

Okay, it’s been a month now, you can have your DC and Marvel superheroes back!

And for this “new” start, let’s take a look at a few days of Batman: Year One moments!!

In Batman #406 (written by Frank Miller and drawn to perfection by David Mazzucchelli), Batman is trapped in an apartment with pretty much the entire Gotham City SWAT team in trying to take him down. Naturally, he wishes not to be taken down (or taken in, for that matter). Batman’s only companion is a stray cat who is stuck in the building with him – the cat has annoyed the SWAT team, so when they start spraying bullets, well, let’s just say Batman is not a fan of people who are mean to cats (oh, and Batman has just activated a high-tech device that has been emitting a high-pitched signal that only certain creatures can hear)…

So cool.

I guess you have to go with the bats arriving as “the” moment, but I am partial to either Batman saving the cat or Batman decking the cat-shooter through the wall.


Yes the bat moment is cool and of course is homaged in “Batman Begins” but I do love the fact that Batman taking the SWAT guy to task for nearly shooting a cat. Great stuff.

Batman’s a cat lover. Well, DUH.

Shows he has good taste.

And to respond to someone from the other day… You’re right. Cats DON’T improve soup. My tortie’s been proving that one correct ever since.

Fantastic choice. This is one of my favourite scenes of all time.

The moment is definitely going after the guy who shot at the cat.

And the art is just beautiful. The polar opposite of Jim Lee.

all good moments i personaly prefer the bats coming and com loeb telling the pilot follow him or i will shoot while the bats are coming. proving that frank actully understood the dark and badness of batman.

I hadn’t realised that was a ‘no superheroes’ month… I think that explains why, philistine that I am, I’d completely lost interest in this column.

Great moment from Year One, punching the cop through a wall may well be the high point of Miller’s Batman.

“You’re the one….who tried to shoot the cat…”

Batman had become the most badass hero ever to me after I saw those two panels when I was 15 years old. And it still gives me goosebumps. Thanks for bringing back the memories, Brian.

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 16, 2009 at 7:10 am

Why doesn’t Miller write like this anymore?

I really liked the month of non-superhero moments but I can’t argue with anything from Year One. One of my favorite parts of this sequence (and I didn’t pick up on this until my 2nd or 3rd read-through) is that the kick on page is the same as an earlier panel of Bruce Wayne training. Wouldn’t really call it a “moment”, but it was a nice little detail.


October 16, 2009 at 8:18 am

Great moments. Still one of my all time favorite comics. The artwork still stuns me even after having looked at it for years and years.

Can’t wait for the other moments from this.

“And the art is just beautiful. The polar opposite of Jim Lee.” Amen DanCJ, amen!

Batman also loves dogs since he has a Bat-Hound.

It’s nice to see the cat run to Selina too. I’m not sure if there’s supposed to be some significance to her being the person shown during the rabies panel too, but her involvement in Year One was one of the nicer touches by Miller.

I love this scene, because it’s so rare, even in stories set in Batman’s early career, to see him “learning on the job.” Compare Batman’s dialogue in scenes like this, or his fight with the three hoods, to the ultra-competent Batman in Long Halloween. On another note, Batman kicking the pillar over still gives me goosebumps.

This really, really makes me sad. This was so good (as was, up until this time, everything the two creators published) but now Frank Miller has lost the subtlety and sly humor and sheer badass-ness that he had as a younger man, and Mazzucchelli comes out with a book every ten years (mind you, if he lives to be 94 and everything he does is as good as Asterios Polyp, I’d be the happiest man in the world with that pacing). I wish Mazzucchelli could be convinced to do more comics work with an extremely high paycheck — but he’s probably too principled.

“And the art is just beautiful. The polar opposite of Jim Lee.”

I like Jim Lee’s art, but it wouldn’t have worked for this story. I don’t know that anyone could have drawn this story as powerfully. Miller and Mazzuchelli meshed perfectly for Year One.

This is indeed an awesome moment. Rather than lament Miller’s descent into unfunny, half-assed satire, I’m merely just glad that he produced something this excellent in the first place. I really should get Asterios Polyp, thanks for the reminder, Roman.

I really loved that story… And the art… Everything was awesome in that book, even its cover!

Amazing how much the Batman reboot movies owe to this series.

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