Gotham Central Vol. 5: Dead Robin

July 23, 2007 | Trades


Gotham Central Vol. 5: Dead Robin
Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker, Kano, Stefano Gaudiano
DC Comics
$21.99/$17.99 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

The Gotham City Police Department’s major crimes unit has seen some of the most stunning, horrific crimes in history unfold on their streets — but that still can’t prepare them for the most shocking case of them all: The murder of one of their own.
DC Comics’ answer to The Shield, NYPD Blue and the myriad other popular TV cop shows, Gotham Central has always done an incredible job of showing what life could be like for a police force in a world that contains superheroes and super-villains.
In their final story (the series ended in spring 2006 due in part to slow issue sales and the departure of co-writer Ed Brubaker to rival Marvel Comics) the major crimes unit are reeling after Det. Crispus Allen is gunned down.
His longtime partner, Det. Renee Montoya is sure she knows who did it —corrupt crime scene investigator Jim Corrigan — but can she prove it before he walks or will she have to take matters into her own hands?
Also in this collection: Batman’s sidekick Robin, or someone dressed exactly like him, is found dead in a Gotham City alley. What’s GCPD supposed to do when a hero dies?
Gotham Central was one of the most unique and compelling series of this decade and this collection perfectly summarizes exactly why that is and why it is missed by so many.

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