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Gotham Central, Book One: In The Line Of Duty (2004)

by Ed Brubaker(Favorite Author)
4.37 of 5 Votes: 2
1401219233 (ISBN13: 9781401219239)
DC Comics
Gotham Central
review 1: A bit inspired by the current show "Gotham" (which I really like so far) I re-read this collection that's connected in theme and setting and, no doubt, inspired the current show. Whereas "Gotham" is centered on the rise of a deteriorated city that would need a Batman "Gotham Central" - set in the comic book universe - is centered on how the police handle aspects of their jobs, along with the crimes and criminals unique to Gotham - under Batman's shadow or when Batman is not around. The first volume is a treasure that shows you how much (unfortunately) Batman is needed as even some of the weaker members of his rogues gallery can be dangerous for those not trained like he was to deal with. Add the fact that the citites police have to deal with back room polotics and corrupti... moreon in a way the resident vigilante doesn't ... each case and sub plot makes for compelling reading. Keep an eye out for Harvey Bullock, Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen who are stand out characters.
review 2: Well I had to try a graphic novel sometime. Growing up they weren't my thing and I'm not sure I would find a place for them now. Of course this was an easy read and surprisingly absorbing but it felt a little like watching a trailer and not the whole movie. I enjoyed the experience, was impressed by the art work, but not really that intrigued by the plot lines, which felt a little flat. Curiosity and a Kindle Daily Deal led me to this choice but I can't see me hunting down anything else. less
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"Holy shit Ed Brubaker Greg Rucka YES." My initial reaction after reading this.
It's like The Wire if it was set in Gotham City. What's not to like?
Very close to a five, but some of the art hasn't aged well.
Ed Brubaker is the best.
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