I'd have been infinitely harder on The Judas Contract if it was a beat-for-beat adaptation like Batman: Year One since I didn't really like Batman: Year One for that specific reason. I don't see the point of doing a beat-for-beat adaptation. Just read the comic again. As I point out in nauseating detail in that review, there are things that work better on a page than they do on screen and vice-versa, and following the exact beats simply does not yield the same payload. Then again, I'm already going against the grain of many of the hardcore fans in questioning whether they should have done The Judas Contract at all. But maybe I'm just getting too crusty in my old age.