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Batman - Gotham Central: In the Line of Duty Paperback – May 21, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (May 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840238283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840238280
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 10.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,161,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Flagg
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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)."

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 7, 2007
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"Gotham Central", volume 5, spans issues #33-40 and (sadly) ends the series with a pair of fine stories... A tepid mystery involving the murder of two Robin lookalikes serves as the backdrop for the real drama -- inside the squadroom -- and in particular the descent of Detective Renee Montoya into a spiral of ragefulness and violence. The second story arc focusses entirely on Montoya and her partner, Crispus Allen, and closes out on a bleak, abrupt note. Fans of the series will be sad to see it end, but pleased to pick up this final volume, which is still one heckuva nice read. Several "Gotham Central" characters appear in later DC stories, but the original books are pretty special. Recommended! (ReadThatAgain!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 9, 2007
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Another fine entry in this compelling series set in the gritty underbelly of Batman's Gotham City. The plot increasingly focusses on Det. Rene Montoya, which is fine by me (although I'm waiting for her partner, Crispus Allen, to come out of the box a bit more...) Author Greg Rucka's debt to HBO-TV's "The Wire" is increasingly obvious, but that's mighty fine source material.

In this volume, a booby trap set by one of the Flash's foes, Mr. Alchemy, sets Montoya and Allen on a trip to Keystone City, where Alchemy pulls a "Silence Of The Lambs" taunt-the-cops number... Although the story gets more wrapped up in super-doings than earlier story arcs, Montoya's eventual beat-down of the bad guy, though emotionally satisfying, sets the stage for her to begin questioning her own attraction to extreme violence. I predict an even stronger, richer storyline further down the road.

Great entry in a very strong series, compulsively readable from start to finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CaffineFreeJAVA on July 18, 2007
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This entire series is excellent! Rucka & Brubaker are NOT my favorite people for Superhero books but they do EXCEL at crime stories. Gotham Central is an excellent "reality" approach at one of comic-dom's most famous cities. Not everything in a town like Gotham is about Mr Freeze or the Joker but even when they are, Batman isn't the only one working on it. Love this series and highly recommend it to ANYONE who likes Law & Order, Batman and maybe even The Untouchables.
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This is a series that should have never been cancelled. Its like a Law & Order episode taking place in the DC Universe's Gotham City. The book, while definitely focusing on two detectives, still has a great team aspect and Batman isn't needed in the book but when he shows up its great. Here we get two different storylines and both are fantastic. Greg Rucka has such an amazing feel for these characters. You can tell he loves this book and that's why I love it. The art by Michael Lark and Stefano Gaudiano is so perfectly suited for the events transpiring within its remarkable. Any other type of art style would be terrible here. Overall, this is a fantastic book and I wish it would have lasted forever. Great reading!
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Ever wonder how Batman and his cronies seem to the cops? Ever wonder how cops deal with super-villains, super heroes and the insane amount of crime that Gotham City generates?

Gotham Central is a great twist on the Super hero tale. Told from the perspective of Gotham's Major Crime Unit, this series puts a different point of view on the super hero story. Besides that, many of these cops are involved in super heroics of their own. Imagine NYPD Blue or Law & Order SVU with the ocassional super villain and super hero and you've got the idea. Gritty, tough, action-packed and good.
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More About the Author

The author of four novels about professional bodyguard Atticus Kodiak -- Keeper (nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America), Finder, Smoker, and Shooting at Midnight, Greg Rucka has been writing since he was eight years old, and hopefully is improving with age. A longtime comics fan, his first graphic novel series was the suspense thriller Whiteout, published by Oni Press and nominated for three Eisner Awards in 1999. Since that time he has been a contributing writer for DC Comics and an active participant in the Batman series of titles.
Born and raised in California, he earned his undergraduate degree at Vassar College and his MFA at the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Rucka has two tattoos, and rides a motorcycle.

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