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Gotham Central, Vol. 1: In the Line of Duty

(Gotham Central (Collected Editions) #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  8,272 ratings  ·  400 reviews
Meet Gotham's Finest.

Living in the shadows of the Dark Knight makes the detectives of Gotham's police force determined to prove that have what it takes to enforce the law in a city rife with criminals... with or without Batman's help.

Meet Commissioner Akins and his Major Crimes Unit commander Maggie Sawter (fresh from Metropolis). Keeping the streets safe are detectives Re
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by DC Comics (first published March 1st 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
Dan Schwent
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, comics
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

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
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
Law and Order: Gotham City

This is my favorite of Rucka's works. Of course, he co-wrote this with Ed Brubaker.

This is basically Fox's Gotham without Jim Gordon. It's all about the lives of the GCPD officers we so fondly think of as useless peons in the war on Gotham crime. Seriously, this department is a fucking joke to a lot of us. That scene in the Dark Knight Rises when they all run at a group of machine gun wielding criminals comes to mind. They appear utterly useless in the face of the Bat
May 07, 2012 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

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
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book starts strong and surprisingly fits my dark humour with some laugh out loud moments. It's the way Brubaker makes the conversations realistic to every day life.

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I love how this hits the ground running with 2 cops accidentally discover Mr. Freeze when following a bad tip from a source. Mr. Freeze doesn't fuck around!

Some great realism and wonderful artwork.

See, DC comics can be good sometimes.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book provides a street level view of life in Gotham City from the point of view of police detectives. Batman very rarely appears, and when he does, he comes across as mysterious and a bit menacing. The detectives have a lot of personality, and it's interesting to see how they deal with super villains without powers (not very well at times). The writing is sharp, and the art style really suits the type of stories being told. I'm looking forward to reading more volumes of this.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: superheroes, comics, crime
3 – 3.5 stars

Wouldn’t it be great to be a cop in Gotham City? I mean the Bat would pretty much take down anything serious leaving you more time with your coffee and doughnuts, right? Well, as this comic series from Ed Brubaker shows: not so much. It appears that Bats is a whacko-magnet and given that he’s only human (despite what editorial fiat from the DC offices may pretend in the storylines they approve) that means that there are a ton of crazy psychopaths with either superpowers or the milit
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
How do Gotham's Finest really feel about Batman? The initial assumption is that they'd feel grateful, of course. In Gotham Central's Major Crimes Unit, the detectives often feel a bit miffed that some guy in a Halloween costume can do their job better than they can. There's a certain amount of resentment, that they can't do their job without him.

There are five issues here, representing two seperate but interrelated stories. Two cops are investigating a kidnapping when they stumble across Mr. Fr

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 focu
Oct 29, 2015 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
Stewart Tame
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I can't believe it took me so long to get around to checking out this title. “Eisner and Harvey Award-Winning Series,” indeed.

Gotham Central focuses on the Gotham City Police Department. What's it like to go after colorful villains like Mr. Freeze and Two-Face? How does it feel to see Batman doing your job for you? Just what is the procedure for turning on the Bat signal anyway? Brubaker and Rucka take a police procedural approach to things. These cops are real people with hopes and dreams
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc, comics, 5-stars
Such a great book! I loved everything about it. The concept is genius, the creative team is incredible, it's very well written, art looks great and fits the story perfectly. But the best thing about this series is how detailed and lovingly written the characters are: they feel alive and real. And Renee Montoya is probably the best character in the whole DCU, to be honest.
5 stars, instant favourite. Easily one of the top 3 DC series I've read.
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very good book, as one would of course expect from Brubaker and Rucka. It focuses on the "common" officers of the Gotham City Police Department, living and working as they are in the shadow of the Batman. Naturally there's resentment on a number of levels, and the story is all from the viewpoint of the officers who want to do their jobs without having to rely on someone who isn't limited by the same rules they have to observe and who seems to have unlimited resources that they lack. Th ...more
Garrett price
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would give this an extra star if I could. The writing is great, the characterization is great, and above all the art is fantastic and this is so much fun to read. Great noir driven detective fiction
Sam Quixote
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka draw focus from Batman to the men and women of the Gotham City Police Department in “Gotham Central”. In a city watched over by a Dark Knight filled with colourful villains running amok, how do ordinary police fare against such an outlandish backdrop?

As a huge Batman fan, I think it’s an interesting idea to see the goings on in Batman stories from the perspective of the characters who’re always in the background, looking on as a guy dressed as a bat does their job for
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I've read this before but failed to log it on Goodreads, but honestly, this was such a genius idea to have a look at what it's like to be a cop in a town as messed up as Gotham. Some of Brubaker's early work and it's really fun (tho I'm used to comics that don't use random characters for ##%@$^ swearing). A nice little caper where you see how the other half lives and works and solves crimes that the Bat hasn't got the time for.
Seth T.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I grew up loving superheroes. As a first grader, I faithfully watched Spider-Man catch thieves—just like flies. In fourth grade, I picked up my first Marvel comic on a road trip. In fifth grade, my mother took me to my first comic shop. And for the next seven years, I was wholly devoted to the superhero and the hero’s genre. I belonged to superheroes and they belonged to me.

Gotham Central by Rucka, Brubaker, and Lark

It was the kind of relationship that is built on a foundation of passive aggression and enablement. The heroes would strin
Nov 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I'm not sure I can add anything in my review that hasn't already been said about this book. GOTHAM CENTRAL takes the action of a standard Batman book down to street level and follows the cops and detectives who protect the city during the day. This book establishes a novel convention that G.C.P.D. is always working against the clock--if they don't solve a crime before nightfall, Batman will show up and collar the crook on his own. I had always assumed that the authorities appreciated his help, b ...more
Jul 06, 2012 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
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gary Oldman ordered Ben McKenzie to do his homework when he was cast as Jim Gordon in the upcoming Gotham tv series, so it’s only fair that I do my homework too. While Gotham is considered to be losely based on this graphic novel series, the show will take place at the beginning of Gordon’s career, with Bruce Wayne and many other villains as children—meaning, there will be no Batman. Gotham Central takes place after Jim’s retirement and focuses on the various cops in the precinct and how they ha ...more
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
thought i'd be so bored by this because i don't typically like this genre of story (not into mysteries or anything remotely hard-boiled) but...this book was brilliant. it was really cool seeing gotham city from this angle. i liked seeing batman on the outside. he's there, then he's gone and outside the plot. and seeing how the police department deals with constantly being upstaged. and seeing that they are not just incompetent. and seeing that police and detectives can be diverse in gender and r ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc, read-2017, preboot
This was a nice, gritty look into Gotham's police force, and I really enjoyed it. Detective Driver is the main character, a "driven" (get it?) cop who seems like he's trying to live up to his mentors, his deceased partner Charlie Fields and Commissioner Gordon, who hand-picked him to be a detective. Driver is determined to get to the bottom of his cases--and to do it without Batman's help.

I really loved how successful Brubaker and Rucka are in these issues at making the outlandish villains and
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
Marc Weidenbaum
Been planning to read this series straight through, starting with the couple of volumes I already had read. I am, just to cut to the chase, sad this series didn't catch on. To me, it is one of the best Batman series, if not the best Batman series, since Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. It is Gotham as seen from the point of view of cops, and not just cops, but very much the sort of cops we recognize from TV serials. And that's a compliment. This is as engaging as the best cop dramas -- fr ...more
May 11, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
what i look like when my friend recommends me batman books.



because holy shit, he's filling my tbr pile again and i can't fucking keep up! even if i want to read all of them so bad. oh god! why'd you make only 24 hours in a day, why not make it 48 or 50 hours so i have more fucking time to read??? why are you doing this to me???
am i complaining? nope. not at all. keep em coming bro.
Dec 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, dc
An interesting premise, the Batman story told from the point of view of homicide detectives in Gotham. Batman is seen more as a menace who is responsible for having all of the suited wackos running around, than as the savior of the city. The story itself of the cops seems like it's really inspired by the show Homicide, which isn't the worst since it was one of the better cop shows. I never really got into this though, although it was entertaining enough.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brubaker and Rucka, but primarily Brubaker, writing a series of Homicide: Life on the Streets set in Gotham City, of course it's great. Dark and human, focussing on the obsessive nature of homicide detectives and the inner turmoil the job creates, it's well travelled ground, but always a pleasure when done well and I look forward to travelling this ground with Brubaker's creations for the rest of this series.
Jun 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like noir or procedurals and comics
Shelves: back-ups, comicsmanga
One of the best comic book series out there. Set in Gotham, but about the Gotham Central Police Department. All the best bits of noir and procedurals, great characters, great use of familiar faces. The Joker, Batman, Mr Freeze or Ivy might make appearances, but it's always about the GCPD.

One of those books you try to force everyone to read.
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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 and Uncanny X-Men. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles

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