It's telling that the best of the many comics featuring Batman and his crime-fighting associates is one in which the Caped Crusader appears only fleetingly. Gotham Central
focuses on the city's police force, who contend with superpowered foes as well as mundane criminals. In the issues collected here, Batman becomes even more marginalized, since the Bat-Signal is removed from police headquarters after a falling-out between the department and the costumed vigilante. Plot and character, rather than superhero action, drive crime-novelist Rucka's compelling story lines, and although original artist Michael Lark departs halfway through this run, successor Stefano Gaudiano admirably maintains Lark's low-key, muted approach. Gordon FlaggCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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The List, 22nd July - 5th August 2004, : " The characters are fleshed out with real depth, the gritty film noir art and subdued colour scheme adding to the realism capturing the human side of a world populated by superheroes (and supervillains)."