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Batman: Gates of Gotham Paperback – February 7, 2012
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The dual narratives that Snyder and Higgins weave together mesh so fluidly that Gates of Gotham becomes one hell of an informative page-turner. — IGN
“This is a great tale that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat wondering what is in store for them at the turn of the next page…I would recommend all fans of the Dark Knight and his many friends to check this five issue mini-series out. It definitely has everything you could want in a true Batman tale.”-- YAHOO! Associated Content
“Gates of Gotham” is a must read!"--CBR
"With GATES OF GOTHAM, Snyder delivers the same top notch mystery and mayhem he has so masterfully delivered in DETECTIVE, by focusing on a mystery and blood feuds as old as Gotham itself...Another phenomenal work from a talent that is on the same stratospheric rise to greatness as the likes of Geoff Johns a few years ago."--Ain’t It Cool News
About the Author
Scott Snyder is one of comics' best young writers. His current works include BATMAN, AMERICAN VAMPIRE and SWAMP THING. He has also been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook, and other journals, and has a short story collection, Voodoo Heart, which was published by Dial Press. He teaches at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence University and lives in New York with his wife, Jeanie, and his son, Jack Presley.
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Scott Snyder, from the current crop of writers working on Batman, has easily soared to the point of being the authority on Batman. I adore his current Batman New 52 title, and as such felt like hunting some of his old work as a means of getting more. My search eventually lead me to Gates of Gotham, a title I had a lot of hopes for knowing a) the premise and b) the writer. That said, Gates of Gotham ultimately fell short of that Snyder magic we currently know today.
The problem Gates of Gotham ran into was that Scott Snyder didn't manage to end it satisfactorily. Throughout the first 3 or so issues of the trade we're given this great exposition on the city of Gotham and the characters who's past lives are influencing the events we're witnessing. However, readers are rewarded with an ending climax that throws into question the great set-up presented just pages ago. Which is a shame, because it presented a side of Gotham besides the "innocent city besieged by evil". More so, it presented conflict within the Wayne family history that reveals that perhaps what Batman is fighting is not just the city, but rather his own family history.
However, all that said, Gates of Gotham still served as a good read and, more importantly, served as a great reference point to Scott Snyder's current work with Batman. It's clear to see how Gates of Gotham served as a testing ground for what we're currently seeing in Batman New 52. Also, Gates of Gotham includes the ingenious Batman Inc. Nightrunner back-up written by Kyle Higgins, a story that is easily worth the price of the title itself!
This particular graphic novel imagines a wonderful history of gotham city, and makes me realize that I'm not very interested in history... even of this amazing world. Dick Grayson is Batman in this story arc with help from Nightwing and Damian as Robin.