THE COMIC CODE – … Year One

Getting into comics can seem difficult to the newcomer.  Comic fans and companies have a jargon that is used all the time, even in comic book titles, that new fans may find confusing.  A “Comic Code.”  Let’s look at the term “Year One”…

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BATMAN: YEAR ONE

A number of DC titles and characters received a revamp in the years after Crisis on Infinite Earths.  An popular one was Frank Miller’s “Year One,” from Batman (volume 1) #404 – 407 (1987).  Telling the story of Bruce Wayne’s beginnings as Batman the story has become best know under the collected title “Batman: Year One” and Year One because a popular code at DC of the early/origin story of a character, especially Batman related characters.  Since they are early/origin stories they are usually good stepping on points.

 

OTHER USES AT DC

  • Flash #62 – 65 (1992) – “Flash: Year One – Born to Run!”
  • Justice League: Year One (1998) – a 12 issue mini-series.
  • Robin: Year One (2000) – a 4 issue mini-series.
  • Batgirl: Year One (2003) – a 9 issue mini-series.
  • Year One: Batman/Scarecrow (2005) – a 2 issue mini-series.
  • Year One: Batman/Ra’s al Ghul (2005) – a 2 issue mini-series.
  • Green Arrow: Year One (2007) – a 6 part mini-series.
  • Huntress: Year One (2008) – a 6 part mini-series.
  • Black Lightning: Year One (2009) – a 6 part mini-series.
  • Batman: Two-Face & the Scarecrow: Year One (2009) – one shot.

 

The theme of the 1995 DC Universe Annuals was “Year One,” each Annual having a Year One logo and early/origin story of the title’s main character.  These included:

  • Action Comics Annual #7
  • Adventures of Superman Annual #7
  • Aquaman Annual #1
  • Azrael Annual #1
  • Batman Annual #19
  • Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #5
  • Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual #3
  • Catwoman Annual #2
  • Deathstroke the Terminator Annual #4
  • Detective Comics Annual #8
  • Doomsday Annual #1
  • Flash Annual #8
  • Green Arrow Annual #7
  • Green Lantern Annual #4
  • Guy Gardner Annual #1
  • Hawkman Annual #2
  • Justice League America Annual #9
  • Legionnaires Annual #2
  • Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #6
  • Lobo Annual #3
  • New Titans Annual #11
  • Ray Annual #1
  • Robin Annual #4
  • Shadowdragon Annual #1
  • Steel Annual #2
  • Sovereign Seven Annual #1
  • Spectre Annual #1
  • Superboy Annual #2
  • Superman Annual #7
  • Superman: Man of Steel Annual #4
  • Wonder Woman Annual #4

OTHER “YEARS” AT DC

Batman: Year One was itself followed up in story in Detective Comics (vol 1) #575 – 578 (1987) called “Year Two” and in Batman (vol 1) #436 – 439 (1989) “Year Three”.  The title was parodied with DC’s own Ambush Bug: Year None (2008).

In the New 52 Universe, Batman got a new origin story in Batman (vol 2) this time called Year Zero:

  • Batman (vol 2) #23 – 25 “Year Zero: Secret City” (2013)
  • Batman (vol 2) #26 – 29 “Year Zero: Dark City” (2013)
  • and issue 25 of Detective Comics (vol 2), Batwing, Action Comics (vol 2), Green Arrow (vol 6), Nightwing (vol 3), Batgirl (vol 4), Green Lantern Corps (vol 3), Red Hood & the Outlaws (v0l 1), Batwoman (vol 1), Birds of Prey (vol 3), Catwoman (vol 4), The Flash (vol 4) (all 2013)
  • The story is still ongoing, in “Year Zero: Savage City” storyline in the Batman title.

 

USES OUTSIDE DC

  • Punisher: Year One (1994 – 1995) – a 4 issue mini-series from Marvel.
  • Ultraverse Year Zero: Death of the Squad (1995) – a 4 issue mini-series from Malibu.
  • Die Hard: Year One (2009 – 2010) – an 8 issue mini-series from Boom.
  • Green Hornet: Year One (2010) – a 12 issue mini-series for Dynamite.
  • Voltron: Year One (2012) – a 6 issue mini-series from Dynamite.
  • Judge Dredd: Year One (2013) – a 6 issue mini-series from IDW.
  • Dark Shadows: Year One (2013) – a 6 issue mini-series from Dynamite.
  • Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero (2013) – one-shot.

 

OTHER USES

Year One (Year Two, etc) is sometimes used in collections of comics to denote a collection of the first (second, etc) year of the comics, especially comic strip collections.

Also used by Malibu for handbooks detailing their Ultraverse line: Ultraverse: Year One (1994), Ultraverse: Year Two (1995).

~ DUG.

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This blog is meant to iron out issues and help understanding of comic book terms and ideas.  However, it also uses many terms and ideas new readers may be unfamiliar with.  For clarifications or corrects, comment below.

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