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Gotham Central Deluxe Edition, Book 1: In the Line of Duty (Gotham Central #1)

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The first ten issues of the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series is collected in hardcover for the first time!

Written by Ed Brubaker (Captain America) and Greg Rucka (DETECTIVE COMICS, 52), this series pitted the detectives of Gotham City's Special Crimes Unit against the city's greatest villains — in the shadow of Batman himself.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 4th 2008 by Titan Books (first published 2004)
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Stephen
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This Eisner and Harvey Award-winning collection is truly impressive and demonstrates once again why Ed Brubaker is among the elite writers scribing comics today. Add to that a smart, well structured story by Greg Rucka and art that compliments the dark and dank emotional vibe of the plot and the result is a must read for fans of graphic novels and/or crime fiction.

The premise of the series is a street-level, "on the beat" look at the rampant criminal activity of Gotham City through the eyes of
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Dan Schwent
Detective Driver's partner is killed and the department wants to apprehend the killer before Batman gets called in. Only the killer is Mr. Freeze. An arsonist plagues the city and Driver and his new partner have to catch him and a missing girl is found dead. Detective Renee Montoya is outed and framed. All in all, a normal week at the GCPD.

When enough of your friends give a book high praise, sooner or later you have to stop being a stubborn asshole and give it a try. In this case, Gotham Central
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Kemper

Being a cop isn’t easy, but the men and women of the Gotham City Police Department have it tougher than most. This is a town where the most routine call can leave an officer facing a crazy cold blooded scientist with his own freeze ray, or they may be targeted by a murderous former district attorney desperately in need of some plastic surgery. You know things are out of control when the cop’s best weapon is a psychologically scarred vigilante who dresses like a bat.

It seemed like an interesting
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Brandon
There's very little reason this should work.

Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka want you to sit down, pick this up and become captivated by the stories of the Gotham City Police Department. A force that has become all but neutered by the exploits of The Dark Knight. Honestly, who wants the cops to come save you when Batman is on the prowl?

It had to be tough to try and write this without the reader asking the question, "Why not just flip the switch and let the bat-signal flood the sky?" The answer: this i
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Anne
Gotham Central tells the stories of the different police detectives in the GPD. Batman makes a few cameos, but really he has little to nothing to do with what goes on in this book.
This was not my cuppa. I thought the art was ugly, and I like a heavy dose of spandex-clad superheroes in my graphic novels, so I really doubt I'll be revisiting these books any time soon.
But.
Even though I don't care for this kind of crime drama story, it was really well written. If you enjoy reading stuff like White
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Cyndi
So let's get something out of the way first: I have a deep love for anything Batman and I think Brubaker is in the top 3 noir comics writers. Glad that's off my chest.

This series has a great perspective, a cast of characters that tug at your senses and have some interesting tales to tell...and The Bats is only a peripheral spectre who, seemingly, has a foothold in the psyche of each GCPD officer on duty in one way or another.

My take away boils down to this: be mindful of the extensive ripples ca
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StoryTellerShannon
INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES

There are many graphic novels about superheroes and their world and how important it
is for them to save the regular mortals but rarely do we get a perspective of the mortals unless they're family or lovers. In this series we focus almost exclusively upon the detectives (morning and night shifts) of Gotham who sometimes resent “The Bat” for solving their cases. It's a fresh and interesting approach with Batman showing up less than 5% of all the tales.

BOOK ONE

Story focus
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Agne Jakubauskaite
Mar 05, 2015 Agne Jakubauskaite rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Batman fans
Recommended to Agne by: Panels & Pages Book Club
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka’s “Gotham Central, Book One: In the Line of Duty” is a collection of ten first issues of an award-winning comic book series “Gotham Central” with an introduction by Lawrence Block. “Gotham Central” offers a closer look at professional as well as personal lives of police officers from the Gotham City Police Department (GCPD), who deal with vicious big-city criminals and homicidal super villains, racing to solve the crimes before Batman takes over.

“Gotha
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Eric
Feb 14, 2014 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Batman and/or detective stories
I guess I kind of expected this to be a kind of Garfield minus Garfield for Batman, but found it to be more like The Wire with Superheroes/villains. It was also reminiscent of Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress in that it was told from the point of view of the lower class (in this case the police officers instead of the superheroes/villains, in that case the peasants instead of the feudal lords).

The Gotham City Police Department was weaved seamlessly into the mythos of the Gotham that readers
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Caitlin
I wasn't sure what I would think about this as I'm ridiculously in love with Batman and he plays an extremely minor role in this.



And honestly? I loved it. These are the everyday people, not the superheroes and I loved finally getting to see their stories.

Book One covers three main storylines:


In the Line of Duty (Ed Brukbaker and Greg Rucka)
This was the weakest of the three stories to me but still pretty damn good. Detective Marcus Driver and his partner Charlie Fields accidentallly stumble u
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Kevin
Okay, so on one hand I have just recently finished Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon - a comprehensive look at the real lives and work of Baltimore homicide detectives. On the other hand I've watched a few episodes of this new horrible television show, Gotham.

I am so so happy that this comic is about 99% Homicide and 1% Gotham TV show. I mean obviously it predates the show, and it'd be more accurate to discuss the show in terms of its influences, but this isn't a TV show rev
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An Odd1
Can't "Like" unhappy unpleasant views. Mood harsh - pain of cop career, personal life, hate Batman, even when he saves them. Lines are heavy, straight, stiff. Colors are grim, dark browns, greys even for days; scarce blue sky, uniform, ice and breaths; red for villain eyes, Montoya's lips and braid elastic. Orange-ish hair female cop has spotted like disease, probably intended to be freckles. Faces are rigid in anger or fear. Women wear pant suits not skirts, only men in ties.

Why is dinner conv
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Logan
Also reviewed on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfbR1...

A fun read! So if you watch Gotham, than this is 10x better! This knows what it wants to be: a cop comic with one or two cameos from Batman and some of his villains! This book has three case stories: one with Mr. Freeze, one with Firefly and a standard homicide you would see on any cop show! What surprised me is how they were all connected in the end! This is a great read for any cop show fan, you don't have to be into batman to l
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Jemir
A bit inspired by the current show "Gotham" (which I really like so far) I re-read this collection that's connected in theme and setting and, no doubt, inspired the current show. Whereas "Gotham" is centered on the rise of a deteriorated city that would need a Batman "Gotham Central" - set in the comic book universe - is centered on how the police handle aspects of their jobs, along with the crimes and criminals unique to Gotham - under Batman's shadow or when Batman is not around. The first vol ...more
Rob
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This first volume is 3 stories comprised of 10 issues. The first story is 2 issues, the second is 3, and the final one is 5.

The second story was kind of a continuation of the first, while the final story felt more stand alone.

Each story features a different Batman villain, and cameos of the Dark Knight himself.

Unlike the new Fox show, this is set much later in the timeline. Commissioner Gordon is retired rather than being new to the force. He only made a cameo in one issue rather than bei
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Aaron Charlton
This is what the Gotham TV show should be based on!
Nicholas
In a word: Brilliant. It may just be my sudden obsession with detective stories (thanks Mr. Mercedes), but this on-the-beat look at Gotham City PD's Major Crime Unit (the unit put together to kind of assist Batman in keeping the major super villains of Gotham in line) is nothing short of engrossing. Book One collects the first ten issues of the series and contains two complete story arcs that introduce us to the ensemble in intimate and emotionally charged ways. The characters feel very real and ...more
Julia
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Michael
Gotham Central is one of the most interesting Batman books I have read for some time, the most interesting aspect of which is that this book is not about Batman but rather the G.C.P.D. and how the city, the villains, and the Dark Knight himself affect the jobs and personal lives of the people who do whatever batman doesn't. I have always been fond of police procedurals and crime fiction, and there are few examples like this that strike the right balance. the series features an ensemble cast from ...more
Sophie
This definitely lived up to my - very high - expectations. I'd heard only good things about this one, and Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker are two of my favorite writers.

Gotham Central is a book about the cops of Gotham. What makes it interesting is that it isn't just a really well-written crime series, it also deals with the question how the GCPD cops feel about Batman. It's a different look at crime and crime fighting in Gotham, and Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker managed to create a great crew with int
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Bill
Lately I've been feeding my graphic novel - oh, screw the literary political correctness - my COMIC cravings.

Ten years ago I had gotten into The Watchmen, and the first three volumes of Gaiman's Sandman series (I've started re-reading them to catch up and continue), and most recently have been digging Joe Hill's excellent Locke and Key series.

A while back I had read a review expounding the virtues of Ed Brubaker. I can't remember what comic or who did it, might have been Stephen, but I tucked th
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Kurt
I am generally not a fan of the DC universe, but my brother loaned me this hardcover, and it's pretty great. It can't get around the fact that Mr. Freeze is awfully silly-looking, but the appearances by super-types in tights are minimal. Mostly, this is a straight-forward police procedural comic, with realistic characters who work difficult jobs in a dangerous city and don't really like Batman getting all the credit for the good stuff. In one story, two detectives chance upon Mr. Freeze, and the ...more
Pete
Gotham Central reads like an episode of NYPD Blue or Southland.....with a splash of super villains...and a big black bat. This book has three stories. The first two are tied together and the third is more of a stand alone.

I enjoyed all three stories but the third, Half a Life, was my favorite. It mostly read like a straight cop story with no freeze rays or crazy Batman stuff. A cop is getting sued/harassed by a rapist who was released due to some missing evidence. Then more and more things star
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Jesse
Jul 24, 2008 Jesse rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Police Procedurals and Batman
Shelves: graphic-novels
Fantastic! Its like NYPD Blue meets Gotham City, its GCPD BLUE!!! Batman shows up about 3 times in the whole thing, leaving the spotlight for Gotham's finest. The introduction by Lawrence Block is very good, and now I've got another author to read as well. Greg Rucka weaves us several different crime storylines, all interwoven. The coolest thing about this story is the adversarial relationship between Batman and the GCPD. Not like they hate him all the way (though some will never agree with his ...more
Donovan
I'll keep this short. Very well written, good but rough stylized art, but a Batman story without Batman, what's the point? GCPD has a hard time because Bats keeps solving their crimes. There's crime drama. A detective is a lesbian. Shocking! "It's not New York!" they tell us. Insufficient villainy with Mr. Freeze in the beginning and Two-Face in the end. Also one of the lamest Two Face depictions I've seen, like a green-faced Tommy Lee Jones. Way better in Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale's Long Halloween. Mo ...more
Michael
Wouldn't it be cool if you were watching Homicide: Life on the Streets, and every once in awhile, Batman showed up to talk to Bayliss? Or Mr. Freeze shot Beau Felton with his freeze gun? And Pembleton squared off against Two-Face in the box? That's what Gotham Central is like. Michael Lark's artwork is perfect too. Think David Mazzucchelli from Batman: Year One. And if you ever though it would be cool if Daredevil showed up in Oz, check out The Devil in Cell-Block D story arc by Ed Brubaker and ...more
Damon
This is how superhero stories should go. Very batmanish atmosphere throughout.
Jesse Richards
Rereading one of the best damn books ever made. If only the Gotham tv show were half this good.
Chris Lemmerman
A great start to what I've been told is an excellent series. I like the large cast, with each arc focusing on a different set of characters to tell one big story about the crime unit as a whole. I actually find the bits involving Batman or his villains to be a lot weaker than the stuff that focuses on the non-superhero/villain characters, which I suppose is a testiment to the excellent character work going on here. The artwork is also perfectly suited for the tone of the book, grim and gritty an ...more
Kristen
The first half reads like a crime show: a bunch of cops working to solve different cases. What's great about this section is how it shows interactions between Gotham cops, putting a face on the people who are usually background to the Bat Family. You see their relationships develop while they fight crime the way they believe it should be fought. You also see the "us versus them" tension the cops feel towards masked vigilantes, and their reluctance to seek their help sometimes. I could sort of co ...more
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central, Sleeper, Uncanny X-Men and X-Men: Deadly Genesis, and The Authority, and for helping
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