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Batman stands today as one of the most recognizable characters in pop culture, and along with the Batcave and the Batmobile, Gotham City itself stands as one of the most identifiable aspects of Batman lore. This trade explores not only the history of the city but its dark secrets and deadly denizens as well, giving readers a whole scale look at w...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by DC Comics (first published July 2011)
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Dan Schwent
Someone is blowing up Gotham City landmarks and it points to someone with links to Gotham's founding fathers. Can Batman, Red Robin, Robin, and Black Bat stop the menace of... the Architect?

After the awesomeness of The Black Mirror, this was a little bit of a letdown but still pretty good. Dick continues to adjust to his role as Batman as he pieces together the identity of the Architect with the help of his partners.

Hush and the Penguin play important roles but Gotham City itself is almost a cha...more
John Yelverton
Interesting story, but it keeps you completely off guard which diminishes your ability to enjoy it.
Christina
With Gates of Gotham, Snyder does a great job giving history to Gotham City. Though the actually mystery was set in the modern day Gotham, Snyder did a solid job building the backstory and setting the tone with an historical look into how the city was designed and created. This may attest to my ultimate nerdiness, but some of the frames depicting the early Gotham skyline gave me chills - I loved seeing one of my favorite skylines develop.
This book features Dick Grayson as Batman and shows that...more
Sesana
Scott Snyder is (and may always be) best known for American Vampire. His take on Batman shows that background most in the historical backdrop that adds depth to an already interesting story. As a note, the credits say that Snyder provided the story and Kyle Higgins the dialog. I suspect that means that Snyder wrote the plot and Higgins did most of the sentences that you see on the page, but there's really no telling.

We all know that Gotham drives people mad. It's almost comforting to know that i...more
Sam Quixote
Someone in Gotham is blowing up the bridges of the city and enacting some strange vengeance against the descendants of the families who built Gotham - the Elliotts, the Kanes, the Cobblepots, and the Waynes. But who, and why?

The adventure collects the three Robins - Dick Grayson as Batman, Tim Drake as Red Robin, and Damian Wayne as Robin - along with the Cassandra Cain, the Batgirl currently stationed by Bruce Wayne in Hong Kong, to stop this terrorist before more of Gotham's historic buildings...more
Martin
Alright okay, cat's out of the bag: this book's just plain awesome. The "Gates of Gotham" is a five-part story that's as much as a present-day mystery as well as an origin story of Gotham City (of sorts). Reason for that is simple: the two stories are related. "But how?" you ask. Well...

Someone's blowing up the bridges of Gotham City and Batman needs to find the dude responsible and make him stop (I guess he does that in every story, come to think of it). The real interesting part of this book i...more
Beckiezra
Well after I adjusted to the cartoony look of the faces by McCarthy, I was really able to enjoy the story. I missed his style for the one issue of the mini-series that other people drew. It was very cool looking art, the faces (and maybe the coloring) just called to mind animation too much at first, so much movement and expression, like it would belong with teen superheroes but not so much in a Batman story (even if it was focused on previous sidekicks). I wasn't a fan of how he did Dick's hair...more
Wesley
This book collects the five issue Gates of Gotham mini-series. It has a number of creators involved. The story was by Scott Snyder and Kyle Higgins with the dialogue by Kyle Higgins with Ryan Parrott on the last three issues. The art was mainly by Trevor McCarthy except for issue 4 where the art was by Dustin Nguyen and Derec Donovan.

Batman has to deal with a bombing campaign in Gotham targeted at landmarks associated with the founding families of the city - the Waynes, Elliots and Cobblepots. W...more
Joy
Originally read this in issues; now reading the collected trade.

One of the last pre-new-52 Batman miniseries. The destruction of three of Gotham's bridges leads Batman and company into an investigation that takes them deep into the history of the city. This works great as a standalone arc and features a mystery that gives the reader a sense of Gotham's history. I like Batman stories that take Gotham as a place seriously. This also has the benefit of bringing all of Bruce Wayne's kids together--D...more
Caroline
A pretty solid story about the building of Gotham (something Snyder is apparently super interested in, since the Court of Owls dealt a lot with this, as well), this alternates between late 19th Century Gotham and current day Gotham. Dick Grayson as Batman, while not as awesome as Bruce Wayne, has to defend the city against The Architect. The big bad's costume is very obviously influenced by the recent steampunk resurgence, and I did really like the design (and the reasoning behind why he's gone...more
Nicholas
As usual, the city lives and breathes in Snyder's work. I should have read this one before starting his Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls series. This volume is a nice transition between the Grayson era and the return of Bruce Wayne to Gotham to resume being Batman. Well-written, but less emphasis is given to character development and more to the set-up of Gotham's history as a precursor to the Court of Owls saga. Still good stuff and the last time for the foreseeable future we'll see Dick Grays...more
M
Scott Snyder has done some fantastic work with the Batman mythos. Gates of Gotham is an attempt to capitalize on his trope of using Gotham's past to affect its guardians in the present. Stepbrothers Bradley and Nicholas Gates are hired by the major families of Gotham to help construct the city in the 1870s. Working for the Waynes, Elliots, and Cobblepots is a dream come true - literally - as Gotham rises into the skies and becomes an architectural wonder. Sadly, tragedy and politics lead to the...more
Steven
Apr 27, 2012 Steven rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: comics fans, Batman fans, historical fiction fans
Good solid story that both expanded and deepened the "history" of Gotham but also did so without running roughshod over established character continuities or personalities.

Very well done collection of stories and far better than many of the past few years, in my opinion.
Federiken Masters
Sep 17, 2012 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comiqueros historiadores
Recommended to Federiken by: Paliman
Historia revisionista del pasado de Gotham que duerme por momentos y sopapea por otros. La edición en castellano tiene un par de descuidos pero está bastante bien. Cuando pueda, me la releo de un tirón.
Tessa
Mar 28, 2012 Tessa added it
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I'm down with steampunk batman, except when red robin says "this is kind of steampunk!"
Matt
Feb 02, 2012 Matt marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-acquire, comics
I've really been enjoying Scott Snyder's work on Batman lately.
MissAnnThrope
03 May 2013

Hrmm... Perhaps if I weren't freshly awashed with the afterglow of reading the thrilling Batman: The Black Mirror, I may have enjoyed Batman: Gates of Gotham a bit more. By all accounts, it is still a pretty good book but not nearly as Batgasmic.

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Justyn Rampa
Scott Snyder who has pretty deftly positioned himself as one of the great Batman writers is the co-author of the story of Gates of Gotham, but not of the dialogue. So I can infer from that bit of info that basically he developed the concept with Kyle Higgins and basically did an outline of the story which was then filled in by Kyle and a couple others.

So this is not a completely original Scott Snyder production as I originally envisioned. That being said, I till enjoyed it immensely but not perh...more
Dima Yakovenko
Довольно неплохой комикс, в котором не последнее место уделяется детективу. По сюжету, кто то взрывает три моста в Готэме и Дик Грейсон, Тим Дрейк и Джейсон Тодд берутся за расследование этого дела и поиска преступника. Попутно с этим, читатель знакомится с тем, как много лет назад, возводили эти самые мосты и сам Готэм.
Любопытная история, которая с каждым выпуском интригует все больше и больше, ведь она оказывается не такой простой, какой казалась на первый взгляд. История эмоциональна и напол...more
Don Tucker
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Kari
This might be my favorite Batman story, or at the very least it is in the top 5. Gates of Gotham is a classic detective story that moves between turn of the century Gotham and the modern day to unravel the mystery of the Gates of Gotham. It all starts with an explosion and by the end the history of Gotham is much richer and more defined then it has ever been before. With gorgeous art, steampunk styling, and and amazing plot this is definitely a book that I am glad to own.
Boots
i had to give this book one extra star just because the design was so beautiful: the covers and the flashback panels are exquisitely done! the story is solid: nothing exceptional, with a nice focus on the detective work (though plenty of stuff blows up and there is the requisite costumed villain). dick grayson as batman was fabulous in his uncertainties, damian as the spoiled rotten snot who isn't always right was well done, and it was actually nice to see cassandra cain again (she's a character...more
Wing Ho
My first books by Higgins and of course Snyder working with him was a cherry on top. Steampunk? Check! History of Gotham? Check! great pacing as with Snyder and Higgins stories, great art. I loved how it jumped back and forth in time to create an interseting story about the history and the future of Gotham. However, I'm sad cause I don't know how much of the history really matters after the new 52...
Dane Jackson
This graphic novel sat on my nightstand for far too long. I was hindered by a back strain this week, so I finally picked it up. What took me so long?

Snyder and Higgins really put together a great Batman mini that really focused on Gotham as the primary character. Shifting focus from past journals by one of the architects in charge of laying the foundation of Gotham to the present day where someone is blowing up the landmarks that were built, Gates of Gotham begins to serve as a bit of a history...more
Jake
I have to say, the stories of Dick Grayson as Batman are outrageously refreshing. Instead of the same narrative, which, to be fair, is one that I love, this offers a comparison and several layers. Grayson is a different kind of Batman, and you see how he moves similar yet different to Bruce. His isn't fury like Bruce's. His is is compassion, out of both emotional investment and habit. I also dig Tim Drake as Red Robin and the expanding Batman, Inc. It's such a terrifically wild big angle that I'...more
Victor
Nice art. Good story involving Gotham's founding fathers and a current story line with Batman (This time with Dick filling in), Red Robin, Black Bat and Damien. A historical tale of conspiracy, betrayal and murder with the building and expansion of early Gotham as the backdrop is intriguing and well executed. Plus, it has a cool steampunk vibe with a very exciting finale! Recommended!
Brian
Much of this story takes place in the 1890s, allowing the artist to play around with steampunk and Victorian design elements in the world of Alan Wayne (Bruce's great-grandfather?). Alan is an industrialist and civic visionary, and his plans for Gotham have a direct bearing on the present-day when a mystery man begins targeting Gotham's civic landmarks.

Some aspects of this story may trip up newcomers. For example, Batman is Dick Grayson here, not Bruce Wayne. But as long as you don't let stuff l...more
Aaron
Another in a huge string of Batman tales I've read lately that starts with a promising idea and ends with a lackluster "twist" that does nothing to change the stakes or reveal anything surprising. This book serves as a sort of origin story for Gotham City, and how it was even built on corruption and deceit. If that was the main focus of the book, it would've been very interesting and new. However, it spends most of its time in the present with Batman trying to track down a domestic terrorist who...more
Riju Ganguly
Scott Snyder's 'take' on Batman has been unique, to say the least. Unlike Grant Morrison, who makes his stories multi-layered to the point where we need some annotated versions (or at least the Wikipedia) handy, Snyder presents crisp stories that are, nevertheless, very-very dark. To do so, interestingly, he chooses to 'play' with NOT the dark & brooding Batman of Bruce Wayne, but the relaxed & compact Batman of Dick Grayson. In "The Black Mirror" he had gifted us with probably the most...more
Jamesfaggo
A nice enough story with some cool Steam-Punk flair. I find myself not overly engaged in the Batman stories I've read by Snyder and Higgins so far...but still appreciate what they seem to be trying to do. Batman has had adventures for decades, and his character has been mined quite thoroughly (and sometimes thoughtfully) by writers like Morrison, Gaiman, Loeb and Dini which hasn't left much to be explored. But with Snyder and Higgins they go beyond the character and seem to be more interested in...more
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Scott Snyder is the Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer on DC Comics Batman, Swamp Thing, and his original series for Vertigo, American Vampire. He is also the author of the short story collection, Voodoo Heart, published by the Dial Press in 2006. The paperback version was published in the summer of 2007.
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