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Gotham Central Omnibus Hardcover – May 10, 2016
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"Compelling drama...a great example of the literary and artistic maturity of the graphic novel format."--School Library Journal
"Outstanding...a deft mash-up of the super-hero saga and police procedural."--Booklist
"This Greg Rucka/Ed Brubaker/Michael Lark monthly comic was short-lived but absolutely fantastic. Essentially Homicide: Life on the Street where the criminals are all costumed lunatics, Gotham Central focused on the nitty-gritty police work performed by its gigantic cast of detectives."--Entertainment Weekly
"Critically acclaimed Gotham Central was a distinctly grounded take on the Batman mythology filled with an ensemble cast who were particularly unlikely to show up in that month's issue of Justice League or Superman--imagine Hill Street Blues, but with the Joker showing up to cause mass terror every now and again."--Hollywood Reporter
"By making the Gotham City Police Department the central focus of the series, writers Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka created a comic book that read like a gritty crime fairy tale set in the most twisted city in the DC Universe."--Complex
About the Author
A one-time cartoonist, Ed Brubaker has been working as a writer since the early 1990s, and in that time his work has won several awards, including both the Harvey and Eisner Awards for Best Writer in 2007, and has been translated around the world. His comics credits include Batman, Catwoman, Gotham Central and Sleeper for DC Comics and Daredevil, Captain America and Criminal for Marvel. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Melanie, and many pets.
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Ultimately, I think it's a fantastic read and that this is the best trade in the series. Highly recommended.
In the second edition of Gotham Central, all the characters who were stuck mainly doing cameos and filling up space in the previous volume take there turn at getting developed. With Brubaker and Rucka writing, everyone has such great personality, something to many other comics lack.
But the real reason this is better that the first may surprise you: less Batman. Yes, while Batman is great, having him come in and resolving the situation can get annoying at times, so having the GCPD do a better job of handling their cases themselves worked great. Long live Gotham Central.