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DC Comics Essential Reads: Batman: Year One

DC Comics Essential Reads: Batman: Year One

By Kevin Mahadeo Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Each week, DC Comics will be releasing a free—that's right, FREE—digital comic book issue featuring a sample chapter from one of our 25 Essential Graphic Novels as well as sample pages from the 2014 Essentials catalogue. These special issues, which will be available for free for one week, are ideal for new fans looking to learn more about DC Universe and its mature readers imprint Vertigo, and provide the perfect reading guide for those looking to wade the waters of DC Entertainment's extensive library of graphic novels and collections.

This week: Batman: Year One #1!

With Batman: The Dark Knight Returns legendary comics creator Frank Miller gave readers what is considered by many to be the definitive take on the Dark Knight at a point near the end of his crime-fighting career. With Batman: Year One, the creator headed in the exact opposite direction.

Featuring the art of David Mazzucchelli and taking place over the course of the Dark Knight's first year as Gotham City's protector, Batman: Year One quickly became one of DC Entertainment's most critically acclaimed and beloved storylines—as well as a seminal best seller. It inspired aspects of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, was adapted into an animated feature film as part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, and redefined the relationship between Batman and James Gordon for the modern age.

Batman: Year One is perfect for new readers. It's literally the place where Batman begins. And if you're a longtime fan looking to get a friend into comics, Batman: Year One is one to recommend. So, be sure to download DC ESSENTIALS: BATMAN: YEAR ONE #1 for FREE starting November 10 until November 17!