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Gotham Central TP Book 01 In The Line Of Duty (edição 2011)

por Ed Brubaker (Autor), Michael Lark (Artist)

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Follows the careers and personal lives of the Gotham City police department, profiling detectives and how they handle corruption, supervillains, and the vigilante work of the Batman.
Título:Gotham Central TP Book 01 In The Line Of Duty
Autores:Ed Brubaker (Autor)
Outros autores:Michael Lark (Artist)
Informação:DC Comics (2011), Edition: 01, 240 pages
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Gotham Central, Book One: In the Line of Duty por Ed Brubaker

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Gotham Central has been sadly hard to find for a long time, but these new reprinted editions are great stuff. The praise for this series is nigh-universal, and it's obvious why. The premise is slap-your-forehead, why-didn't-I-tihnk-of-that good: police procedurals in Gotham City, with time constantly running out before the Batman takes over. (How this got passed over for a series, I'll never know.)

In The Line of Duty collects three arcs, and they're all great:

- The title arc introduces the team and does a great job of setting up the tension between the police and Batman. I don't want to say too much as there's a spectacular surprise in the first few pages.

- Motive is a great Firefly story that reminded me a bit of early CSI episodes.

- Finally, Half a Life is a spectacular close to the collection -- it deals with long-time (okay, at least fan favorite) Batman supporting cast member Renee Montoya being outed as a lesbian, and it is just well-written from start to finish.

My biggest quibble is that Rucka's art can make it hard to tell some officers apart, but that does't change the fact that this is a great premise, well-executed. Get on this. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Collects the first 10 issues of the series with two excellent arcs. This is McBain-style police procedural with all the banter, obsessive detective work and intense partnerships you would expect in a precinct where the cops are keen to close a case before Batman swoops in and closed it for them. Renee Montoya makes an excellent lead and I know things take a spooky turn for her partner Crispus Allen, but I really want to get the rest of these as soon as possible. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |

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.

“Gotham Central, Book One” consist of three story arcs: “In the Line of Duty” (issues #1-2), “Motive” (issues #3-5) and “Half a Life” (issues #6-10). In the first story, Mr. Freeze kills one of the GCPD’s officers, and the squad assumes the duty of hunting the villain down without Batman’s help. In “Motive,” Marcus Driver tries to solve the kidnapping/murder of a teenage girl while the rest of the team is after a costumed arsonist Firebug. The last story features detective Renee Montoya, who is outed as a lesbian, charged with a murder and kidnapped by Two-Face.


1) Realistic and relatable.
Even though “Gotham Central, Book One” features super villains and Batman in fictional Gotham City, the story focuses on GCPD’s officers, and thus the plot details as well as characters, their actions and emotions are surprisingly realistic and relatable.

2) Action-packed mystery.
In addition to being very realistic, the plot in “Gotham Central, Book One” is dynamic, intriguing and well-thought-out. Although the end of “Motive” was a tiny bit predictable, I enjoyed the story nonetheless. In fact, “Motive” was my favorite out of all three story arcs.

3) Organic conversational flow.
I especially loved beginnings of individual episodes, which often start with fragments of random conversations. Most of these conversations are totally irrelevant but they set a natural flow for the rest of the dialogue.

4) Mood-reflecting artwork.
Although I’ve seen some criticism regarding the artwork in “Gotham Central, Book One”, I personally thought that rough lines and grim colors complement the dark vibe of the plot and suit the mood of the series perfectly. Besides, the looks and postures of the characters seem down-to-earth. However, I did notice that the same characters not always look the same in different scenes, even though they are all drawn by the same artist Michael Lark.

VERDICT: 4 out of 5

“Gotham Central, Book One” collects three realistic, dynamic and intriguing stories from GCPD with relatable characters, organic conversations and aptly grim artwork. It’s a great first installment in a cop series set in the superhero universe but told solely from the perspective of mortals. ( )
1 vote AgneJakubauskaite | Feb 5, 2015 |
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 is their job, not his. The GCPD struggle with the fact that they're always overshadowed by The Caped Crusader and that they have a lot of resentment deep in their system. In fact, that's basically the subject of the first arc, In The Line of Duty.

Detective Lewis needs to capture Mr. Freeze following the brutal murder of his partner, Charlie Fields. Feeling guilt over Charlie's death, Lewis wants just this one victory without the help of Batman and refuses to let the beacon shine.

In The Line of Duty is important in establishing just why you should care about these people. It gets the reader right down to their level, sympathizing with their feelings of inadequacy in relation to Batman. After that connection is established, Rucka and Brubaker get the wheels going with some top-notch stuff.

The two arcs that follow are gripping stories, especially Half A Life. They do a good job setting the tone of where this series intends to go throwing red herrings all over the place, keeping the reader guessing until the big reveal.

This is the perfect example of why people should never write off comics as a storytelling medium. Even if you're not a fan of the superhero genre, this is a series that can fit snug on the bookshelf of any crime fiction aficionado. ( )
  branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
A fresh take on Batman by two of comics' best writers that places the focus on the Gotham police. It's a bit like watching a good cop drama, right down to the obligatory hints of romance between the partners. But since it's Gotham City, the classic rogue gallery appears. It's smartly written, appealing to the more mature comic reader. And the art is classic noir.

Worth reading, even if you're new to comics. ( )
  wethewatched | Sep 24, 2013 |
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This is a hardcover compilation (later reprinted in paperback) of issues #1-10 of Gotham Central, not to be confused with the paperback compilation of issues #1-5 of the same title.
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