Frames of Preference: Batman: Year One

Batman Year OneI’m not usually a fan of origin stories, but the 1987 classic Batman: Year One is the rare exception. Frank Miller’s writing manages to stay away from the cheesiness of the 60s Batman series, while also staying away from the grim seriousness of Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. David Mazzuchelli’s art is absolutely stunning to behold, and the stylistic choice to write Batman’s dialogue on scrawled paper and Commisioner Gordon’s on noir-style notebook paper reinforces the juxtaposition of the hunter and his prey in this intense graphic novel.

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