Batman Year 100 (4 stars)

Paul Pope


Batman Year 100 (DC/Titan)


Set in the year 2039, Paul Pope’s futuristic vision of Batman takes place 100 years on from his debut in Detective Comics in the late 1930s. In a dystopian mid-21st century America the population has no privacy from the dictatorial big brother government. So when the White House discovers by chance the existence of a masked vigilante in Gotham City it unleashes the dogs of war (literally). Who is this Batman long presumed to be merely a myth? And how can he have been fighting crime for longer than a lifetime?

Pope strips away almost every scrap of Batman paraphernalia to create a lean, mean back-to-basics thriller. It’s smartly scripted, stylishly illustrated, fast paced and black and bleakly funny. Like so many post-millennial Batman books it owes something of a debt to Frank Miller’s iconographic take on the Dark Knight, but Year 100 is certainly a worthwhile addition to the canon of the caped crusader.

(Miles Fielder)


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