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Comics Eye: DC's Animated Batman Year One

Updated on December 14, 2011

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Hi there and welcome to another edition of Comics Eye. I just had the chance to catch DC Universe's latest animated release "Batman Year One." Based on the work of Frank Miller, who is the man responsible for the big "Bat" revamp back in 1986 (Wow has it been that long now?) and artwork by David Mazzucchelli. The original series was published by DC comics in 1987 and ran though Batman issues 404-407.

This story focused on the first year of Bruce Wayne's decent into the dark and gritty world of the Batman, and the story presented in this new DVD is true to that tale. In this animated series we follow the dual story lines of a young lieutenant James Gordon and a 25 year old Bruce Wayne, newly returned from a long trip abroad.

We get to see the struggles that Bruce goes through in trying to find a way to take on the dark streets of Gotham and avenge the deaths of both his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne. Lieutenant James Gordon on the other hand has come to Gotham City to advance his career. What he finds after arriving to Gotham is a corrupt Commissioner and a police force that rides rough shod over it's citizens. Gordon doesn't fit in with his fellow officers, because he doesn't take bribes and he's not corrupt...but he is human.

Bruce's first night out in Gotham is in disguise, as he enters into the seedy area of the East End of Gotham, Bruce runs into a young hooker named Holly. He tries to protect her from her pimp, but she and all the other criminals gathered in the East End attack Bruce...including Holly.

As Bruce fight for his life, Selina Kyle becomes involved and this is the first of what will be a classic "love-hate" relationship between the two, that exist in today's new age of comics.

The story on this DVD really is worth watching, but I have to be honest and say I don't think that it's an absolute must have DVD to add to your collection. The DVD also includes an all new adventure featuring Catwoman, which I'm sorry to say I only watched part of but I'll watch the whole thing before I send it back tomorrow to Netflix.

So my verdict ...Batman:Year One must watch DVD, but you don't necessarily have to own it.


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