Gotham City: Year One #2

Writer: Tom King Artist: Eric Gapstur Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 2, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 13
8.0Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

The bloody, bare-knuckled crime series continues! A bruised and battered Slam Bradley find himself embroiled in a shocking case as the infant heiress to the Wayne fortune has been kidnapped! But as with all things in Gotham City, nothing is what it seems... Can he solve the case in time to save a young life and secure the Wayne legacy or will the secrets of Gotham bury them all?

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Theron Couch Nov 2, 2022

    In all honesty, part of me was worried going into this issue that I was so enamored of the first one that this might not live up to the high bar I felt these creators had set for themselves. I neednt have worried. These are creators who clearly understand not just their story and the genre its a part of, but how to use the ordinary conventions of that genre to tell the story even better. Gotham City Year One was essential hardboiled fiction last issue, and its essential hardboiled fiction again this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 1, 2022

    Something was missing in the first issue, but this one feels like the classic Tom King quality. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 1, 2022

    Hester does a wonderful job of showing off the gritty reality of the city, the darkness of its characters and the tension of the story. A great looking issue all around. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 1, 2022

    Gotham City: Year One #2 is dripping with noir sensibilities, capturing and maybe even romanticizing the gumshoe detective. Layered in is a mystery worth discovering with the tantalizing notion this series could change how we think about Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Nov 1, 2022

    So, where does that put this reviewer? Easy. I can give King credit for telling a solid story reminiscent of a classic era. However, I can also juxtaposition that same thematic gem alongside some rock-solid renderings even though the story beats were a bit dull, if not flat. Being two issues in, Im still all in on Gotham City: Year One and I'm willing to provide King a bit of grace this week. Nevertheless, the leash isnt so long anymore and I hope he gives us some fortifying reveals soon or else we may have to call it quits. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jackson Luken Nov 1, 2022

    Gotham City: Year One #2 is an intrigue-filled issue that continues to take its time building its characters and its mystery. The slow burn continues as more information is revealed piece by piece. There's a lot we don't know and it's tough to say if the payoff will be worth the wait, but what's here is an engrossing story that draws you in. Any fan of classic pulp noir detective stories should check this out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Nov 2, 2022

    Gotham City: Year One #2 is another excellent installment in a noir detective caper perfectly suited to its setting. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Nov 3, 2022

    Gotham City: Year Two #2 continues to have an engrossing plot, but is hampered by a lack of period feel for the era it's set in. Hopefully, Hester and King can create a more robust 60s era Gotham in later issues. Otherwise, it feels too much like yet another modern-day crime comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 1, 2022

    This issue suggested the story might be better read in a collected format. King can get bogged down in details and stretching out a story. Without action sequences to balance out the lengthy exposition scenes the series might be too slow a read for a monthly format. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Nov 1, 2022

    Gotham City: Year One #2 is a solid detective noir story with plenty of twists, turns, and drama. However, King strangely morphs Slam Bradley and femme fatale Sue into a proto-Bat/Cat, which changes a potentially fresh idea into a reskin of an old idea. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Nov 2, 2022

    An improvement in the ingenuity of plotting and characterization increases the interest in what is happening in this second chapter, and the art continues to drench the characters and world in mood. Read Full Review

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