- Series: Gotham Central (Book 1)
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (March 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781401220372
- ISBN-13: 978-1401220372
- ASIN: 1401220371
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gotham Central, Book 1: In the Line of Duty Paperback – March 15, 2011
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It was a steal at the $4.99 price point for digital. As my first foray into digital trades I can not be happier( I also got the full Hitman, Top 10, The Killing Joke and The Dark Knight Rises collections). As someone who is 'newish' to this medium of trades and comics, the price point is a great way to catch up on some of the past standout titles.
The Guided View on the Comixology app was way better than I expected as well; just like watching one of those animated comic videos.
As someone who has only been into trades and comics seriously for the last 2.5 years or so(at 46 years old mind you) Ed Brubaker is quickly becoming my favorite writer(Sorry Garth). I am in love with his current book Kill or Be Killed(highly recommended), and loved what I have read of the Criminal series. From here on out I will be looking to purchase and consume most of his material.
The best thing about Gotham Central is the dialogue. Reminiscent of The Wire, these detectives can swing back and forth between comic, heartwarming, and serious as the situation demands. The people writing this are very talented. On top of that, themes of living in a city with Batman, and how having to watch him repeatedly do your job for you, are intriguing and thought-provoking.
The one drawback is the artwork. I've seen much better pencil and ink work than this, and it hurts this series more than others, where there are loads of characters, many of which only look slightly different now. They could have done much better.
On the whole, this is one of the best comics I've read, and I would recommend it to any DC fan.
This is not to be confused with Gotham Central VOLUME 1 which collects #1-5. BOOK 1 is a newer release and the entire Gotham Central run can be collected in 4 books starting with this one.
Now that you know what to look for, I will now tell you why you should read this. It's a gritty crime/detective drama with conventional and sincere characters that happen to live in a non-conventional super abnormal city (Gotham). They solve real mysteries like murders and kidnappings all while trying to balance their normal world with the spectacular world of Batman and all of his foes. Batman makes a few appearances, but this story is really about the GCPD. Imagine if Law and Order was set in Gotham City with all of it's perks and flaws.
It really is a great read, it also reminds me of The Killing (another great detective/crime show).
The art work does a phenomenal job of telling a deeper, richer story that words could never do. The way artist Michael Lark draws facial expressions or depicts body language is at times breath taking. The art work really helps enhance these dark and gritty stories.
If you're a fan of crime dramas and Batman, then there's a high chance that you will love this collection.