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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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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
Dan Schwent
Jul 09, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2012
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
Jun 29, 2012 Kemper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Aug 23, 2016 Tristan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A police procedural set in the Batman universe? Pretty much a perfect concept. In Gotham Central, The focus is squarely on the city's Police Department, with its inner dynamics and challenges as a result of operating in a world where its sense of self-value and pride is constantly being undermined (not with malicious intent, of course) by the existence of a vigilante with seemingly supernatural powers. That sort of thing does tend to cramp one's style quite a bit.

Rucka and Brubaker both prove t
May 07, 2012 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brandon by: Stephen
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
Sep 05, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
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.
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
Nov 29, 2015 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Line od duty: 3.5 stars
Motive: 4 stars
Half a life: 5 stars

Gotham police department, those poor guys who usually serve as canon fodder for Gotham's many crazies or play role od victims waiting to be rescued by batman, finally got the spotlight and chance to prove they are not always incompetent schmucks waiting for bats to do all the work.

Premise sounds interesting and with writing duo of Ed Brubaker, who's Criminal is one of my favorite graphic novels, and Greg Ruck, who's Lazarus also has place

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.


Story focus
Jan 11, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-pre-new-52
My favourite thing about Gotham Central is that it felt like a TV show in book format. The pacing, the character development, it all builds steadily and starts to pay off the further you get into the book. This isn't a series that tries to do anything flashy, it's a crime drama that largely ignores Batman and his superheroics and instead focuses on telling good stories. Set in the Major Crimes Unit of the Gotham City Police Department, the detectives attempt to solve some of the worst crimes the ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Agne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Batman fans
Recommended to Agne by: Panels & Pages Book Club

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.

Jul 28, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
May 27, 2016 Arsénico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cómics
El tomo me parecía entretenido hasta que llegué a la última historia, la de Renee Montoya y su salida del armario, que le ha sumado puntos al tomo y ha hecho que me deje con ganas de seguir leyendo más acerca de la vida diaria de los policías de Gotham. Recomendado si queréis alejaros un poco de Batman y descubrir aquello a lo que se enfrentan cada día los agentes de la central de Gotham cuando el murciélago se esconde de la luz del sol.
Oct 12, 2014 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
An Odd1
Sep 30, 2012 An Odd1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
David Leslie
Feb 06, 2016 David Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I loved the three story lines included here.Everybody should know that even though Gothams in the title,this IS NOT a Batman book to its credit.I think the Bat' appears around 4 times/in four panels give or take a couple.It's one of the reasons this book is so good though,it's normal detectives trying to take down a couple of the rogue gallery without any super tech'/years of martial arts training and any robins to lend a hand ,just good old fashioned detective work(the interrogation scenes are ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Oct 04, 2014 Jemir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aaron Charlton
Mar 29, 2015 Aaron Charlton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is what the Gotham TV show should be based on!
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
Jul 28, 2014 Nicholas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2015 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 09, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2011 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Jan 02, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2015 Pete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sounds-awesome
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
Julio Bonilla
Aug 14, 2016 Julio Bonilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I read this, I thought that Batwoman was the only lesbian hero in DC comics. Now I know she's not alone'

Batman pops out at the right time as, what else, the protagonist's conscience!

Loved the lesbian-angle in the police force. Sometimes it doesn't matter WHO makes a difference in society. You just do it and make a difference!
Derek Parker
Jul 15, 2016 Derek Parker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a series I've been meaning to read for some time -- like many of the books I read, they've been on my "to read" list for some time -- and I'm ashamed I haven't picked this up sooner. This is a great police procedural set in the Batman universe. The stories are at their best when there is little of the supes, both heroes and villains.
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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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