Batman: Year 100

Batman: Year 100

by Paul Pope

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Visionary writer/artist Paul Pope presents a futuristic mystery of epic proportions set in a dark, dystopian world devoid of privacy and filled with government conspiracies, psychic police, holographic caller ID and absolutely no room for "secret identities."

In Gotham City, 2039, a federal agent is murdered and a contingent of Washington's top agents is hot on the suspect's trail. The Batman, a forgotten icon from the past, is wanted for the murder. Amid the chaos Gotham City Police Detective Gordon, grandson of the former commissioner, discovers that the man they are chasing shouldn't exist at all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401244880
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Sold by: DC Comics
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,029,410
File size: 116 MB
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About the Author

Paul Pope is an acclaimed, Eisner award-winning writer and artist whose works include THB, The One-Trick Ripoff, and, for DC Comics, Heavy Liquid and Batman: Year One Hundred.
His work is translated into a number of languages on three continents. He's one of a handful of young cartoonists to be consistently gaining critical praise and media attention, appearing on the Sci-Fi Channel, Much Music, and elsewhere. He's been in everything from Spin to A+F to Entertainment Weekly to Jalouse to V Magazine to The Village Voice. And he's the only American cartoonist to have worked for Japan's largest manga publisher for five-plus years.

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Batman Year 100 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
questbird on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Paul Pope's grungy take on the Batman. It is set in a future American police state in Gotham City. The city sprawls forever like L.A. in Blade Runner, but is more run down and ramshackle. There's little sign of modern technology except for the flying surveillance craft and their searching infrared beams. Pope's thick, lurid style adds neon afterglow to a dark city. A lot of comics artists shy away from depictions of sounds these days, but Pope seems to revel in them, splatting and spurting sounds across his frames, even obscuring the contents -- and it works. This Batman is a fugitive with Bruce Wayne's ingenuity, but little sign of his wealth. He is the last 'Double U' -- unclassified and undocumented. The corrupt and powerful Feds want to catch him when he witnesses a conspiratorial police crime. Batman has a team to help him: Robin, and a computer hacker called Tora, and her mother, a doctor who is also connected with Commissioner Gordon (grandson of the original). Gordon gets involved when the Feds demand all information his department have on the Batman.The story focuses on action and leaves out some background, for example what it's like living in this future state if you aren't a superhero? The biggest unexplained detail (and the biggest plot hole) is how exactly *has* the Batman survived all this time? Nevertheless, a highly enjoyable take on Batman, perhaps a little closer to V for Vendetta (or Superman Red Son) in that the enemy is a corrupt state (and possibly an international terrorist organisation) rather than a crazed supervillain.
DanieXJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The art drove me crazy. But the story was pretty solid, still, art drove me totally crazy. Hey, it's an Elseworlds, what can ya do.
rivkat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anonymity has been banned and the government controls straight lines! See this or or this for the explanation of that formula. Anyway, in a security-obsessed 2039, government thugs come to Gotham to lock down something, and the Batman is drawn in/shot/hunted/fighting against their conspiracy as the thugs use their authority (and telepathy!) to investigate the legend of the Batman of Gotham. His connection to Bruce Wayne/the original Batman is never explained; the libertarian-dystopian axis is strong in this one, and the end of the graphic novel includes a paean to Ludwig von Mises if you wondered why. Pope¿s Batman is a big fan!
jbushnell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Paul Pope is one of the best comics creators at the moment, not only because he's a great visual artist and a sharp writer but also because he has a wild, unsummarizable theory about the way that comics work as an iconic language. His theory, wild though it may be, intersects nicely with the way that superheroes are currently being treated in our culture: less as characters (who would need to grow and change as their narrative unfolded) and more as unchanging archetypes, collections of iconified traits. Once a set of traits is indestructibly established (as with Batman) you can improvise off of it pretty freely, just like you'd do with a jazz standard. Pope understands all of this, and it's part of what makes his superhero riffs so great. In this book, Pope plants Batman in the 2030s, which permits him to riff mightily, telling his tale with verve and style, but ultimately the stock elements of the State-controlled dystopian setting erode some of the freshness on display. It's still a blast to read, but ultimately it doesn't hit as hard as the best Batman stories out there, or as Pope's own unfinished masterpiece, THB.
wheresmynoose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A gorgeous looking book (Paul Pope and colourist extraodinaire Jose Villarubia make a great art team), marred by Internet overhype. It's a fun, fast-paced story with lots of action and cool ideas, but the big mystery (who is Batman and how is he able to survive for 100 years?) is never truly resolved in a satisfying way. Don't let the overhype fool you, and you'll enjoy the book just fine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paul Pope is an exciting, and original creator, who brings his unique style to one of Amerca's greatest fictional icons. A thrilling, and visceral work.
Beauxwinkle More than 1 year ago
Set in the far future, "Batman 100" tells the tale of a world that all but forgotten about the existence of Batman. He works in the shadows unbeknownst to world and its government, until an incident forces him into the light once more. Paul Pope's storytelling is masterful, and his artwork only serves to further enhance this great tale.
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