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Batman: Gates of Gotham (Batman)

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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
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by DC Comics
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Anne
Feb 07, 2015 Anne rated it liked it
It's basically the story of past and present Robins working together to solve the mystery of Steampnk Dude!
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Gotham's old sins have (once again) risen from the grave to haunt it.
*crickets chirping*

I'm not sure what to even say about this one.
I didn't hate it, but it didn't make much of a lasting impression, either.
It was a good solid story, lovely art, and a decent conclusion.
Ta-da!

There's was a bonus issue at the end about a Muslim Batman in Paris.
I thought it was gimmicky, cheesy, and irritatin
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Dan Schwent
Jul 01, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, 2012
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
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This book delves into the history of Gotham and the four families. An interesting one to read around the time that the TV series "Gotham" just finished an arc involving one of the historical Gotham family's feud with the Waynes. In this story, it's not so much a feud with Wayne, but a historical Gotham vendetta that puts modern Gotham and its inhabitants in jeopardy. I think the artwork was very well-done, and it delves into Steampunk territory with some of the design. I would have liked it bett ...more
Sesana
May 15, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
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
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Kee Saitama
Jul 14, 2015 Kee Saitama rated it really liked it
"How can you hope to deal with Gotham's future when you know so little about its past?"

Current Batman series writer Scott Snyder used to write for Detective Comics back when Dick Grayson took the mantle of Bruce Wayne as Batman. Final Crisis complications and whatnot demanded such a change in heroes; much like for today's post-Convergence event whete Bruce Wayne is once more a goner. You just have to be there to understand. In any case, this is the second major story arc collected in as a grap
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Sam Quixote
Feb 16, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
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
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Martin
Dec 16, 2015 Martin rated it it was amazing
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
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JB
Aug 03, 2015 JB rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-dc-collection
This is the second story by Scott Snyder I've read and it was again a great read! He knows how to write a Batman story and he knows how to portray Gotham. I find it very intersting that he portrayed Gotham as a living breathing thing, a city that can corrupt someone in the Black Mirror and that here in Gates of Gotham he does the exact opposite. In Gates of Gotham Snyder emphasises on the fact that Gotham doesn't change you, it just reveals things whether you like them or not and everything else ...more
Christina
Aug 20, 2013 Christina rated it really liked it
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
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Gavin
Dec 19, 2012 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I really enjoyed this book, with Dick as Batman, alongside Damian as Robin, Tim as Red Robin and Cassandra Cain as Black Bat, along with very brief appearance of Bruce. The story ties together 19th Century Gotham with 21st Century Gotham and the families that built Gotham: Cobblepots (Penguin) Elliots (Hush), Kane and of course the Waynes. It also ties together a new Antagonist, "The Architect" along with introducing the brothers who helped literally construct/build Gotham. Well written, relativ ...more
John Yelverton
Feb 01, 2012 John Yelverton rated it liked it
Interesting story, but it keeps you completely off guard which diminishes your ability to enjoy it.
Logan
Jun 08, 2015 Logan rated it liked it
An okay read! So first off this book features the Dick Grayson Batman, that was nice to see, i really enjoyed him as batman for that short period. The Story follows bridges being blown up in Gotham, they were build in the 1800s. So each issue, would first have a flashback segment where you see the origins oF The Architect(the main villain) and whats going on in the present! For the most part i really enjoyed the villain, the art was very good as well! The story however was okay at best, also i'm ...more
Wesley
May 05, 2012 Wesley rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
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
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Joy
Mar 13, 2012 Joy rated it liked it
Shelves: 21c, superhero, comics
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
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Mmetevelis
Aug 02, 2014 Mmetevelis rated it really liked it
I've often told people that Gotham is my favorite character in the Batman world. This book fed my appetite for it. I loved the storyline which held some genuine surprises and kept my attention, as most of Scott Snyder's work does. The only gripe I have is that Nightwing was wearing the Batman suit which made sense in the story but still confused me.
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
Jul 19, 2012 Nicholas rated it really liked it
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
Dr Rashmit Mishra
Apr 05, 2016 Dr Rashmit Mishra rated it really liked it
Saw Goodreads recommend this to me and remembered i have read this as well , it was one of the first works of Scott Snyder that i had come across. The Comics was based on the pre-Flashpoint era ..( you know , when even the non batman DC comics were good ) . It was the time of Dick Grayson as batman working with Tim Drake as Red Robin and others such as Damian Fucking Wayne (ugh!) to figure out the identity of a new terrorist who is bombing the iconic structures of Gotham while still comparing hi ...more
Tyler
Apr 26, 2012 Tyler rated it it was amazing
This is pretty much amazing. This story calls back to the origins of Gotham with a conspiracy set to destroy the city itself. This is only a Scott Snyder co-production, but that's not a bad thing. I read this as a primordial version of his absolutely brilliant Court of Owls run on Batman. There is more to Gotham than meets the eye, and it's going to try to kill Batman.
Steven
Apr 27, 2012 Steven rated it really liked it
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.
Wolverina
Feb 27, 2012 Wolverina rated it it was amazing
An excellent book, with two intriguing mystery style plot lines weaves together beautifully. An amazing aesthetic to the ideas and while thematically deep enough, it doesn't let that slow down the plot in the slightest.
Jacob
Feb 18, 2012 Jacob rated it really liked it
I heard lots of praise for the writer Scott Snyder and so I bought this book only to discover the story is by Snyder, not the dialogue or actual script. Still, it's pretty good. Thus the 4 star ranking.
Feather Mista
Sep 17, 2012 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comiqueros historiadores
Recommended to Feather 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.
Ryan Stewart
Jan 14, 2014 Ryan Stewart rated it liked it
Great build up but left me wanting more in the end. Still a lot of fun but I see a lot more Kyle Higgins than Scott Snyder in the writing.
Gautam Surath
Aug 01, 2014 Gautam Surath rated it really liked it
Now this is art work that is right up my alley. Its also an new perspective on Old Gotham viewed from the eyes of a Batman with no roots in Gotham. So it has all the ingredients of being interesting and it turned out that it was. Add to the mix that we have Tim and Cassandra, a one off villain, a doubting Batman and a upcoming Robin. All this is packaged superbly in both B/W and color presenting both old and new Gotham which is the central character in this book. But beware readers, this is more ...more
P.
Nov 13, 2014 P. rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I'm down with steampunk batman, except when red robin says "this is kind of steampunk!"
Krishnanunni HM
Aug 06, 2014 Krishnanunni HM rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Another tale that dwells into the past of Gotham and the Waynes..loved it :)
Matt
Feb 02, 2012 Matt marked it as to-read
Shelves: comics, to-acquire
I've really been enjoying Scott Snyder's work on Batman lately.
M
Mar 22, 2014 M rated it it was ok
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
Beckiezra
Jun 05, 2013 Beckiezra rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
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
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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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