Back in 2012, I got together with Donovan Morgan Grant and Michael Kaiser to talk about Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. It was a great conversation and we always said that at some point we would get back together to talk about Batman: Year One.
That time…is now.
For this first part of a two part conversation, Don, Michael, and I talk about the first two parts of Batman: Year One. The conversation sticks mainly to the story, but we take a few detours along the way. We have a brief discussion about the first issue of Frank Miller’s Superman: Year One and then talk about how this story not only gave us a definitive Batman origin (for a few decades, at any rate) but also served as a new direction for James Gordon as a character. We also go over how Selina Kyle was treated in this story, how it took Gotham from a normal city to a brutal, hellhole, and more. The first two chapters of Batman: Year One took place in Batman issues 404 and 405.
Below is a gallery of images and covers from the comics we talked about during this episode.
Next Time: We conclude our musings on Batman: Year One with the third and forth chapter.