Do you ever use the reference collection? 'Cause it's interesting what you might find there such as this latest acquisition. It's 2 volumes full of articles about graphic novels, comic books and comic strips, heroes and superheroes in literature.
I looked up Batman: year one. It gave me the author, artists (the illustrator, colorist and letterer), the publisher and date. The entry then went on to talk about the publication history, plot, characters, artistic style, themes, and impact. There was also a brief mention of related films, a further reading section along with a bibliography and completed with a see also note which listed other Batman related series.
So back to Batman. The entry explains that this series is delivered in 4 issues which cover the first year Batman takes on Gotham City's crime scene. It starts with how he gets involved with fighting crime and his use of the bat image to coming under investigation by Lieutenant Gordon for attributed assaults of criminals. The major themes are of corruption in Gotham and the growing trust between Bruce Wayne and Alfred and Batman and Gordon. The series revises the Batman image (the darker and more ominous one) along with depicting a truer alliance with Gordon. It also seeks to establish comics as a serious literary medium.
So if you want to know more about some of your favorite heroes and superheroes from the Green Lantern (2 entries) to the Watchmen check out this encyclopedia set.
TIGER Link: 1st floor North - Reference PN6725 .C753 2012