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Favorite Comic Runs RESULTS: Frank Miller's Batman: Year One vs. The Dark Knight Returns

Both are legendary Batman stories, but there can be only one winner in the poll! Come see which Frank Miller story won and why. Also, there's a teaser for next week's match. Can you get it right before anyone else?

This week, 'Favorite Comic Runs' shined its spotlight on writer/artist Frank Miller's iconic work with Bruce Wayne. One limited series painted a bleak picture of a Gotham City's future. It's a time where Batman has hung up his cowl and Superman is commanded by the U.S. Government as it faces war. The other story (with artist David Mazzucchelli), reimagined Batman's tragic origin story and revealed James Gordon's first year in Gotham City. Both are without question must read stories for any Batman fan, but this week, we wanted to see which tale the Comic Vine community prefers more. After five days of voting, BATMAN: YEAR ONE has been selected as the winner.

The origin story received 58% of the votes, and THE DARK KNIGHT earned 37%. Meanwhile, 4% shamefully admitted they haven't read either. Hopefully this will motivate those people to finally jump into these books sooner rather than later.

Honestly, it's safe to assume quite a few will be surprised that YEAR ONE toppled the massively popular DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. It is, however, an understandable and well-earned victory. We all know what motivated Bruce to transform himself into Batman, but Miller sheds so much more light on Bruce becoming Batman. He presents a city that is in dire need of someone like the Caped Crusader and does so while also juggling the story of Gordon's start in Gotham. Even if you prefer Miller's commentary on politics, heroes and so much more in TDKR, there's just no denying that YEAR ONE is a mandatory reading experience for any Batman fan and basically his definitive origin story. Anyway, let's see what two Comic Viners had to say about these epics.

Viner Post for BATMAN: YEAR ONE is by Jphu8414

"This is a tough choice as both are some of the best, most ambitious, and most influential Batman stories ever created. I'm going to give the slight edge to Year One just because I see it as more of the definitive Batman and the definitive Batman origin story. I find myself enjoying Year One's story and artwork more as well."

Viner post for THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS is by Saren

"The Dark Knight Returns is better in the sense that there's never really been another story like it. There have been many revisits of Batman's origin, and whether they match up to Year One or not is up for debate, but no one has ever really looked at the other end of Batman's career and what his universe could be like in the distant future with as much insight as Miller in TDKR.

Fairly sure this will come up a lot in this thread, but "Batman beating Superman is stupid" is an idiotic reason to dismiss the story in its entirety. All the commentary on society, politics and culture in the future of the DC Universe as it relates to contemporary issues cannot possibly just be swept aside because Batman beats up Superman."

A NEW TEASER APPEARS! There will be an all-new match-up on Monday and we're kind enough to give you a hint. Okay, it'll be a pretty obvious hint if you're a fan of both stories, but hey, at least that'll give you the weekend to re-read them and motivate others to purchase the two storylines before Monday. The first person to get both covers correct will receive a little bit of praise in the upcoming article. Let the guessing games begin!

Don't forget to check the homepage on Monday to vote in an all-new edition of 'Favorite Comic Runs.' If you do forget, Batman will randomly show up at your door and punch you right in the face. You don't want that, do you? Of course not, so you better return on Monday! Also, want to suggest a writer and two of their stories for the segment? Go ahead and tell us below or send it via Twitter. Don't be shy, we welcome the input.

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Edited by DDangelico

The teaser is definitely for Watchmen vs V For Vendetta!

Posted by SynCig

Both fantastic and iconic stories. Really can't go wrong with either of them. Both of these books were really influential and remain two of the most important Batman comics in the 75 year history of the character.

Edited by TommytheHitman

The teaser is definitely for Watchmen vs V For Vendetta!

I was gonna say that... for once I'd got the teaser right...

Anyway I'm happy to see Year One win.

Posted by bloggerboy

I appreciate Year One for what it is but The Dark Knight Returns was just incredible.

Edited by RustyRoy

Both are great stories but I'm very surprised that the difference in votes was this big.

Posted by Wolverine08

Yes father, I shall become a Bat.

Posted by GraniteSoldier

I think both are great but voted for Year One. It's interesting seeing a less honed, more human Batman who can make mistakes and doesn't "plan for everything" like the Batman we all know.

Posted by fustacluck


Posted by AllStarSuperman

I only knew Watchmen, not the other

Posted by MasterBelmont

Crap, Alan Moore stories next week. I detest that guy.

Posted by johnny_blaze

Both stories sucked in my opinion.

Edited by Billy Batson

Obviously Moore's Supreme vs Top 10.


Posted by Jphu8414

To reiterate what everyone else is saying, these are two great stories, you just can't go wrong with either. Although like I said in my post, Year One is the quintessential Batman story for me, although it was not an easy choice.

Posted by Black_Arrow

@rustyroy said:

Both are great stories but I'm very surprised that the difference in votes was this big.

I wasn't. Too many people hate it only because of the Superman part.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

Watchmen wins, the cards say it.

Edited by baneofdemon22

This was a battle I didn't mind who won. Both stories are amazing and are basically the Batman bibles. I missed this voting, but I would have gone with Year One. I wish Frank Miller would come back, because his old work is amazing. I love his Daredevil run so much. Hopefully he finds something that makes him happy, so that he can return to greatness. Of course his well being comes first!

Edited by RulerOfThisUniverse

Totally deserved the win. TDKR was very overrated.

Posted by TDK_1997

Both great books but in my opinion the better one won.

As for the teaser - it seems like it's Watchmen vs. V for Vendetta.

Posted by Hit_Monkey

Really liked TDKR when I was a kid but as I grew older. How right-wing it was kinda put me off it. Year One all the way.

Posted by jackbensley777

watchmen vs v for vendetta or league of extraordinary chentlemen

Posted by sinestro_GL

Obviously Moore's Supreme vs Top 10.


Don't you mean Swamp Thing vs. LOEG?

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Watchmen is leagues better than V.

Edited by AmazingWebHead

It was a difficult choice.

Edited by Manwhohaseverything

I'm losing many of these have been done?

Posted by ScottyHawkeye


Posted by patrat18
Posted by LyraFay

Good Batman: Year won. It should be the first Batman story everyone should read when starting to get into Batman or comics in general.

Posted by crevicekid

First time I've read both that came up. Year One for me.

Posted by tec79

Im pleased that Year One was chosen the winner and I hope this helps people who have not read it to check it out. I would like to see a future poll between Year One and Born Again same writer and artist. I would also like to see DC get Mazzuchelli to do some work for Batman's 75th anniversary.

Posted by Cloudguy

I really should read these.

Edited by Batfan4445

Batman year one was awesome and the Dark Knight returns was also incredible, I don't care who won, because they're both BOSS

Edited by Deathstroke19

I never cared for TDKR anyway so.... Yeah.

Posted by comedy_brosUSA

V for Vendetta OR Watchmen???? I can't choose!!!!!!!!

Posted by comicace3

The teaser is definitely for Watchmen vs V For Vendetta!

Oh yeah

Posted by 0_Apocalypse_0

Both stories sucked in my opinion.


I too hated the art, but the story of Dark Knight Returns was just amazing.