Gotham City: Year One #6

Writer: Tom King Artist: Phil Hester Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 29, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 10
8.4Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

The brutal, bloody conclusion to the year’s most acclaimed title is here. Slam Bradley has never feared walking the hard path alone, but even his courage will be tested by the shocking turn of events that will take Gotham City down a dark, violent path.

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Theron Couch Mar 28, 2023

    Every issue of Gotham City Year One delivered a compelling chapter in the style of a classic hard boiled mysterya genre that, unfortunately, is far less common in comic books now than it was decades ago. Gotham City Year One #6 excels as the conclusion to the story. The entire creative team delivers an ending that will not only thrill existing fans of this genre, but also cap off a story that will almost certainly convert some new fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 28, 2023

    Hester delivers beautiful, haunting art throughout the issue. I love the visual style of this series and how it captures the dark, shadowy world of these characters and the city itself. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 28, 2023

    This is probably the most straightforward of King's stand-alone series, but just as powerful as the rest. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 28, 2023

    Fans of noir and crime stories should snatch up Gotham City: Year One #6 and the collected edition once it's out to ensure we get more nuanced, layered stories like this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jackson Luken Mar 28, 2023

    Taken on its own simply as a detective story, Gotham City: Year One #6 is an incredible ending. It manages to tie up all the loose ends, meaningfully place a thematic poignancy on the characters' actions, and remain tense and exciting through to the end. If this were a standalone comic I would have almost no complaints. However, it's not a standalone comic. It's also (indirectly) a Batman story, and the way it relates its Gotham with the one we know doesn't work. Overall, Gotham City: Year One is a mostly great story that is held back by its messy connections to the titular city. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Mar 28, 2023

    If the premise of Gotham City: Year One was to change Bruce's family tree, then all I can say is why? And ultimately, that's why this story lands flat. The purpose and intent get lost in what began as a fantastic story which oftentimes appears to be King's M.O. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 28, 2023

    This series ended in a way that makes sense for the story but would have benefited from King deviating from his usual formula just a little. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Mar 29, 2023

    Gotham City: Year One #6 is a solid conclusion for a series that may have wavered for a bit, but then raced to the end. There are some weird race-related elements that hurt the final issue, but this was a rewarding ending to the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Chase Magnett Mar 29, 2023

    Gotham City: Year One concludes as one of the darkest tales ever told about Gotham City with nary a mask in sight and offers readers a potent spin on the familiar. Read Full Review

  • 10
    motorik Mar 28, 2023

    Gutted this is finished.

    One of King's best.

  • 9.5
    retcon_D Mar 29, 2023


  • 8.0
    Psycamorean Apr 5, 2023

    I'm very conflicted on this series. On the one hand, it is a noir story to a tee, and that comes with it a certain appeal. On the other hand, it *is* a noir story filled with the tropes and trappings that sometimes plagued the genres in frustrating ways that make stuff like the social commentary fall a bit flat. It will point to the injustices of society, and it will muck around in those injustices and really make you absorb them, and then offer little to no resolution. Not even a genuine idea of how to battle these things. Just an exhibition of suffering and the worst of human nature, followed by "And isn't that fucked up?" Yes, it is fucked up. Thanks.

    And where King could inject some more nuance and depth, within his character more

  • 8.0
    REYNARD Apr 2, 2023

    Great read!

    Would be crazy if Thomas Wayne was the secret love-child of Constance and Slam (since she might have gotten preggers from their tryst back in #4).

    This book made me love Phil Hester's art! I'm not sure if it was the colorist or just how suited he is for this kind of narrative, but his work here looks night and day compared to other stuff I've seen him do.

  • 7.0
    daspidaboy Jul 28, 2023

    Tom King is one of the writers that is either a hit or miss for me. And unfortunately, this was kinda a miss for me.
    The story is not bad and I like the plot, but the. characters leave a lot to be desired, and I am not really a big fan of Phil Hester's work. It's an intruging noir mystery story, but the themes and plot seem very surface level. It could have been better, but it is good

  • 7.0

    Eh, probably the better of King's later works. Hester's art does a lot of heavy lifting (as per usual with King's books).
    To give some credit to King, the mystery aspect of the series was great (not as bloated as with Human Target).
    Although the plot itself suffers from being full of cliches with Slam and Mrs. Wayne being carbon copies of Human Target and Ice (I expected Slam and Connie to start fucking near the dead body as the scene was giving major Human Target#6 vibes. Not a big fan of King writing women lately as they feel very one-note and trope-y.
    The social commentary added nothing, King really didn't do a lot just scrached the surface. Like how the whole situation affected the black community, did Slam do anything more

  • 10
    Pardo Mar 28, 2023

  • 8.5
    DaddyChar Aug 26, 2023

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Nov 19, 2023

  • 8.0
    cgenro Apr 19, 2023

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