Gotham Central: In the Line of Duty

This collection reprints the first five issues of the cop comic at a bargain price. It’s a blend of Law & Order and CSI, complicated by being set in Batman’s city. Rucka and Brubaker have populated the cast with a variety of detectives, and Lark’s art is terrific at keeping the dialogue-heavy investigative scenes visually involving. He does a wonderful job with character expression as well.

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While investigating a kidnapping, two detectives encounter Mr. Freeze, who kills one of them. The book thus opens with shots of a frozen dismembered body in the first chapter. That pretty quickly establishes that this isn’t your father’s Gotham — Rucka and Brubaker take a much grittier approach to crime.

When the detectives discuss Batman and the way he’s changed their city, the authors are balancing the setting with a “regular guy” approach. The cops are trying to do the best job possible, but they’re overshadowed by Batman. Officially, they’re not supposed to acknowledge his existence. Unofficially, he’s like the co-worker who always does a better job.

It’s a mature way to show the human side of Gotham City. As a bonus, the introduction, by Lawrence Block, has a fascinating brief history of the term “Gotham”.

5 Responses to “Gotham Central: In the Line of Duty”

  1. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] He also wrote Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia, Ultimate Daredevil & Elektra, the Queen & Country comic series, and co-wrote Gotham Central with Ed Brubaker. […]

  2. KYUSS Says:

    just reading this at the moment….so far so good.

    the first arc was excellent in setting the scene and introducing the characters……the second has started really well.

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