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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 289

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!

We continue our look at Batman: Year One moments!!

Okay, so Batman #404, written by Frank Miller and drawn by David Mazzucchelli, features James Gordon coming to Gotham City. He doesn’t fit in because he’s, well, not a crooked cop. He clashes particularly with Lt. Flass, the prototypical crooked cop.

Well, one night some guys decided to teach Gordon a lesson – they do, but not the lesson they think they’re teaching him…

How awesome is Gordon in Year One?

“The” moment, I suppose, is the ending.

The whole bit is brilliant, though.


“he deserves a handicap”
how can u top that :)

sweeet…i gotta go out an get these comics..i never taught of Gordon as such a bad ass…its good to see some back story to him..

Brilliant. One of the best bits in Year One, and that’s saying something.

This was the first time I ever saw Gordon whoop somebody’s ass. This story really is more about Gordon than it is about Batman.

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 17, 2009 at 6:12 am

Miller sure knew how to write Batman and his supporting characters back in the day.

Sooo, what happened with ASBAR?

@Jeremy- Yeah, I know what you mean about Gordon kicking ass. These days, he calls in Batman for almost every problem he faces, and we rarely see him in the thick of it. Its usually just him standing outside a building with his force or in his office hoping that Batman will get the job done. It makes me forget how much of a badass he can be.

If there’s ever been a better Gordon story, I haven’t read it.

I do love this scene, and there isn’t a better Jim Gordon story, but a small part of me just doesn’t think of Gordon as someone who can handle him quite this well in a fight. It feels a little bit like when they had Captain Picard fight in Start Trek TNG

It’s still a great scene though.

Yeah, when he tosses him the bat is definitely the moment.

In that scene, he was Batman.

“It’s been fifteen years since I had to take out a Green Beret.”

I need more badass Gordon in my Bat-comics.

The art is amazing, particularly the scene with Gordon holding the baseball bat, with half his face in shadow. Agreed with those who say this is more of a Gordon story then a Batman story, as we see much more growth with Gordon then with Bats.

Is this the recolored version of Year One?

This Gordon is ten to fifteen years younger than the one we now know, hasn’t had any heart attacks yet and hasn’t had to deal with psychos in fancy dress stacking up dead cops like cordwood on a weekly basis. Which is to say, he hasn’t been worn down by Gotham yet.

i would pay to see someone [i’d say Miller, but nowadays i don’t know] who could write “Jim Gordon, the Early Years”. Someone who could mix crime comics with characterization and toss in a few costumes from time to time. i would say James Robinson of 10 years ago, but now…….

Love those badass Gordon moments. I like when they really show him as someone who is Batman’s equal in a way, not just some guy who runs the police.

It’s cool seeing this since I grew up with Gordon being an old man–well older man anyway–but an old man on the TV show.

that moment showed that frank had an understanding of the characters and why gordon is just as important to the batman legend as bruce for gordon showed he is no push over and what goes around comes around

Vincent Paul Bartilucci

October 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Batman Year One is a great Batman story but it is THE James Gordon story.

I’ll join the chorus and say the moment for me is when he tosses Flass the bat.

This is one of two moments I think of when I think of B:YO. I won’t mention the other for fear of stealing your thunder, Brian, but it is one of my favorite Batman moments of all time and I really hope you feature it.

Yep, “He deserves a handicap.”

Jorge De La Hoya

October 18, 2009 at 8:58 am

I’ll be the dissenter who bashes a sacred cow. As much I can respect the writing and art of Year One, this sequence always bothered me from when I first read it as a kid. For a story lauded for its realism, we have a middle aged man being brutalized with baseball bats, walking away from it, then driving to confront and best one of his attackers. I guess the line “They did just enough to keep me out of the hospital…” is suppose to cover the ridiculousness of this scenario. Those hired goons with baseball bats are always real good with the finesse warning beatings. All this sequence proves is comic book fans want to say they like “realism”, when really they want the same old fantastical super hero sequences sans the costumes to legitimize their adult interest in the medium.

Jorge the book isn’t supposed to be realistic. Some people have erroneously placed that label on Year One. I agree that some fans don’t know which they want it, or more likely they want it both ways. Sometimes they bring expectations to a book that are unfair, and then judge the book by those false assumptions, which you seemed to have done.

But as far as your problems with this sequence, I consider Gordon to be in his mid to late 30’s, which is not middle aged in my opinion. I see no problem with how that scene went down, considering Gordon apparently has enough military training to take down a Green Beret. Besides those hired goons, aren’t they other police officers?

Miller sure knew how to write Batman and his supporting characters back in the day.

Sooo, what happened with ASBAR?

When reading Miller’s Batman, it is always helpful to remember who the point of view character is.

Another great moment in one of my favourite stories! I love the way he handles Flass 1v1 as well as his final punishment :) Cleverly done!

Not sure I could see Gary Oldman doing this.

The Green Beret comment is definitely the moment, if a line can be a moment.

If not, then the baseball bat.

Not sure I could see Gary Oldman doing this.

Really??? I can… easily…

I love the scene, but hate the ‘tossing him the bat’ moment. That is such a cliche.

I wonder how much David Mazzucchelli’s style influenced’s Millers. The use of black & white and shadow’s looks very ‘Sin City’.

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