While they haven’t reached Marvel’s level of reformatting their trades, DC does release a dizzying array of formats for their classics, from the Absolutes to the omnibus to the deluxe and…even more. (We’re actually starting a column on reprints this week to make some sense of it all.) But it seems an upcoming new edition of BATMAN: YEAR ONE, the Frank Miller/David Mazzucchelli classic, isn’t the one you should be giving permanent home to on your shelf. The Comics Journal has the scoop on Mazzucchelli’s disappointment with this edition, based on out-of-focus files and a redesign.
DC just sent me this book last week, and I really hope people don’t buy it. I didn’t even know they were making it, and I don’t understand why they thought it was necessary — several years ago, DC asked me if I’d help put together a deluxe edition of Batman: Year One, and Dale Crain and I worked for months to try to make a definitive version. Now whoever’s in charge has thrown all that work in the garbage.
Mazzucchelli says he contacted DC repeatedly but never received a response.
For your shopping purposes here’s the 2005 Chip Kidd-designed endorsed edition. UPDATED: Per the comments, this is the CORRECT one:
Here’s the new one:
And here’s the DVD cover the new one is inspired by.