Another solid chapter that is somewhat undone by Greg Rucka's clumsy attempt to have his newest detective make a real contribution at cracking the case wide open. I mean the way that the dots are connected in this issue have a highly contrived feel to them that I found quite difficult to accept as anything but Greg Rucka simply manipulating the story so he could advance from point a to point b with as little effort as possible. Still, the issue still holds up as quite entertaining as Renee's life continues in its downward spiral, as this issue she moves from being an woman accused of murder, to an escaped fugitive, and finally the prisoner of a crazed lunatic. One also has to be impressed by the more emotional heightened sections of the issue, such as the moment in the courtroom where Renee's mother spots Renee's girlfriend, or the scene where Detective Allen has his little exchange with his captain involving the new partner he's been saddled with. Read Full Review
Gotham Central, like Marvel's Alias, proves definitively that good writers can tell human stories within the confines of the DC and Marvel super-hero universes. Ultimately people buy comics for the characters and their human faults, conflicts and successes. Sure the art and the heroics are the initial draw, but readers stick with comics that convey strong characterization with meaningful storytelling. Greg Rucka has lightning in a bottle here, it's been said before that this is the series that would be best developed for TV, rather than 9021-Batchicks. You can seriously compare Gotham Central with HBO's The Wire for strength of characters and situation. Read Full Review
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