Hello everyone and welcome to the World of Bats: The Batman Book Club! First off, I would like to say to everyone: Happy New Year! We hope your first days of the new year – the new decade – are going strong!
So because of this thought of Years, for this month of the Batman Book Club, we’re going to be focusing on the theme of Years. For the first week of this month, we’re starting with perhaps the most important year for the titular character, and one of the most iconic Batman stories in modern history: Batman: Year One, written by Frank Miller and drawn by David Mazzucchelli!
Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City to start his one-man war against the system of crime and corruption that took away his family. Jim Gordon comes to Gotham City, a good cop surrounded by the corrupt, trying to survive and protect his family. This is the story of their first year, and if they are going to survive, they are going to have to work together…
Any thoughts, ideas, and vows to your parents’ graves are welcome, and we also have some discussion questions to warm things up:
Batman Year One is considered a cornerstone classic of modern Batman stories. If this is your first time reading it, does it hold up to the hype? If you’ve read it before, what did you think when you first read it, and what do you think of it now?
As much as this book is a Batman origin story, it’s also the story of Jim Gordon. What do you think of this take on the character? Did his actions in this story make you think less of the character, or find him more compelling in his flaws?
This story isn’t just the origins of Batman and Jim Gordon, but of Selina Kyle, the Catwoman. This version of the feline fatale has a decidedly darker, grittier take, going from heiress with amnesia to a prostitute stealing her way out of poverty. This has been considered a controversial move as the years went on. What do you think about this take on Catwoman? Is it a problematic take, or is there something of worth in it?
Putting aside all the other big main characters of this story, who was your favorite side character within these four issues?
What was your favorite moment in the book?
Here’s a link to the issues, nicely bundled together courtesy of whoever does the Storyline collections on DC Universe! And not just because it’s neatly bundled in here, let’s also discuss the animated movie starring Gotham’s Ben McKenzie and everyone’s Lex Luthor fan-cast Bryan Cranston.
Which brings us to another question to you, the members of the club and anyone else participating: Would you rather talk about the animated movie just in this thread, or would you be interested in doing a Watch-A-Long for this and similar movies/TV episodes throughout the month? Let us know in…The Bat-Poll!
- Stick to just talking about it in thread.
NEXT WEEK: Fear…The Reaper!