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Altered Realities by Alfred Bester
Angus and the Ducks
by Marjorie Flack
Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
Battlestar Galactica by Jeffrey A. Carver
Bhangra Babes by Narinder Dhami
The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner
Bone: Ghost Circles by Jeff Smith
Bone: Treasure Hunters by Jeff Smith
Coast to Coast by Catherine Donzel
Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman
The Devil's Arthmetic by Jane Yolen
The Dyodyne Experiment by James Doulgeris and V. Michael Santoro
The Emergence of Maps in Libraries by Walter William Ristow
Finding Marco by Kenneth C. Cancellara
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Klondike Cat by Julie Lawson
Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Little Rascals by Leonard Maltin
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins
More Flanimals by Ricky Gervais
Mr McGratt and the Ornery Cat by Marilyn Helmer
My Guy by Sarah Weeks
Pass It Down by Leonard S. Marcus
Pure by Terra Elan McVoy
The Quest for Merlin's Map (The Jumper Chronicles) by W. C. Peever
Pure by Terra Elan McVoy
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood
Texas Tomboy by Lois Lenski
Thief of Shadows by Fred Chappell
Wildfire by Sarah Micklem

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Batman: Year One

Batman: Year One: 10/20/10

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)I have a wishlist that stands at just shy of 500 books. These aren't books I want to own, just read. Since obviously the book fairies aren't going to drop books in my lap, I need to seek them out and actually get them read. Odd ball that I am, I'm working my way from the first books on my list through the last.

One of those earliest books was Batman: Year One by Frank Miller. Although I grew up enjoying the various TV and to a lesser degree film versions of Batman I never really got into the comics even after they were republished as graphic novels. It's not that I was anti comic as a child, there just weren't any comic book stores in walking distance of where I lived. So I didn't hear about Batman: Year One until after the film Batman Begins which was inspired by Miller's work.

Everyone who's heard of Batman knows the basic's of his origin story. Batman: Year One looks at the early days of Batman's vigilante work. More so than just a rehash of how he develops his gear and so forth, it asks the question: how did the Gotham police force come to work so closely with him. A better title than Batman: Year One would be Gordon: Year One as it follows James Gordon's transformation from overworked beat cop into someone who would some day be Commissioner.

That said, I enjoyed the story but found the artwork sometimes trying too hard to be edgy. Although it didn't annoy me as much as the Robin Hood artwork did, there's a heavy emphasis on monotone palettes: browns and other muted colors for the drabness of Gordon's life and the darker, more saturated blues, purples and reds for Batman's scenes. It works but sometimes it gets to be a bit much. There aren't enough moments to pause and catch a breadth. Without those moments, the action begins to lose its meaning.

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Comment #1: Tuesday, October, 26, 2010 at 14:17:41

BlueFairy

When you have time, check out the (semi) sequels: The Long Halloween and Dark Victory. Better writing, better art, better Batman I think. Also, Jeph Loeb writing rather than Frank Miller, which makes me a happier camper.

(Miller is up and down, brilliant moments but largely overrated, IMHO.)



Comment #2: Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 21:27:41

Pussreboots

Thank you for the recommended titles. I have added them to my wishlist.