The Joker terrorises the city at Christmastime when he begins
randomly executing people with a rifle, and no one from the
Major on down is safe. The manhunt is on as the police try
to protect the city, only to be baffled when the Clown Prince
of crime surrenders. What does he really want, and can the
GCPD figure it out before he gets it? A second story focuses
on an old case - unfinished business for disgruntled detective
Harvey Bullock. When fresh leads surface, Bullock wants to
get back in the game, but his help is not wanted, especially
with the Mad Hatter involved...
the latest Gotham Central graphic novel that show that
the police in Batman's city don't sit around eating donuts
while the Dark Knight rounds up all the criminals. When the
Major is assassinated in his own office by a sniper, Gotham
City is hurled into a nightmare of panic and fear - all the
more so when the killer turns out to be the Joker. And when
Detective Marcus Driver investigates one of hte cold cases
of disgraced cop Harvey Bullock, he uncovers a lot more than
he bargained for.
Brubaker and Greg Rucka weave an interesting couple of tales
around Gotham's finest without relying on the Batman to push
sales through the roof. While he does make an appearance or
two, his interaction in the stories are so low key as to be
none existant - which is exactly how it should be.
are a few familiar characters along for the ride including
the Joker, and it was good to see Bullock dragged out of retirement.
But the main villain in this collection is the Mad Hatter
- who the officers think may be behind a very old mass murder,
one that Bullock was in charge of.
is quite a serious collection, but there are brief moments
of hilarity - including Gotham's police interrogating the
rather odd clowns. It's not the dialogue that's amusing here
though, but the absurd illustrations with clowns in interrogation
great thing about this collection is that they are not just
Gotham Central / Batman tales - they are also
a damn fine murder mysteries in their own right. The fact
that both tales are set in Gotham is just a bonus.
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