The Infected: The Commissioner #1

Writer: Paul Jenkins Artist: Jack Herbert Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 18, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 12
7.5Critic Rating
6.6User Rating

Commissioner Gordon has dedicated his life to the safety of the citizens of Gotham City. Sure, he doesn't wear a cape, but this hero has chosen a thankless job, because it's the right thing to do. But what happens when Jim Gordon's sense of duty and honor is stripped away? What happens when Gotham City's greatest public pillar of justice finally says "enough"? Spinning out of the events of The Batman Who Laughs and Batman/Superman comes the story of a man who has finally given in to his worst impulses-and he might just take the entire city into the darkness with him...

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Dec 19, 2019

    The shadow of noir narratives is cast in a very intriguing way across the machinations of the Commissioner's one-shot, creating a well-constructed single-issue story that invites readers to follow ahead. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 23, 2019

    The writing here is spot on. I have never been that big of a Herbert fan but man, does he do a good job here. This is a pretty excellent one shot that tells a great little story and doesn't overstay it's welcome. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Carl Bryan Dec 18, 2019

    A true vigilante with a badge, this is not your 1966 Commissioner Gordon who only talks on a red phone. I hope the influence of Dark Metal continues to influence the DC Universe. "The Year of the Villain" certainly rewrote some chapters. I can't see where this goes! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Tyson Yurai Jan 4, 2020

    This issue was fantastic and hopefully sets up a potential good storyline with Batman trying to cure his Infected friend because theres a lot going on in this story that I can get behind. Gordon seeking to destroy Gotham would be an immense change of character and something we havent seen before. The story was great and the art was absolutely fantastic, this is a one-shot worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 18, 2019

    The Commissioner was a solid character study that provided useful insight on a character breakdown stemming from being one of The Infected. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Connor Casey Dec 18, 2019

    It's still a fun read, but it feels like a missed opportunity for something more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 18, 2019

    Overall, Gordon doesn't seem as far gone as some of the Infected " really, only Shazam has been turned into a fully converted villain with no hesitation " so watching him slowly fall from grace is intriguing. Overall, these one-shots rarely seem like they're telling their own story, though. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Dec 18, 2019

    The writing is mostly good, even though there are some odd creative choices throughout that I end up disagreeing with, such as Gordon having this unicorn key and the lack of Gordon's transition from incorruptible hero to infected commissioner. That said, I still recommend this comic. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Dec 18, 2019

    To say The Infected: The Commissioner #1is a disappointment is an understatement. Infected or not, I am tired of DC characters, and subsequently, DC Comics writers, using ableist tropes and continuing the narrative that disabled people are broken and helpless. My recommendation to DC Comics is to hire some sensitivity readers. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 18, 2019

    If you are looking for a confusing and seemingly random issue with the Infected name slapped on it, then this is for you.  The rest of us who have known that Gordon has been infected since the middle of last summer can just pass it on by because you will learn nothing else except that Gordon might be able to give Billie Eilish a run for her money if he can get some of his new, dark ideas on wax. Read Full Review

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