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shelf life – gotham central

May 22, 2014

I’ve just finished reading these five trades.

gotham central

Gotham Central volumes 1-5

They collect the 40 issue Gotham Central run of Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, and Michael Lark for DC comics that ran from 2003 to 2006. Apparently it never sold well as monthly issues but was kept around because the trades did well. It also received several awards.

And the stories are great. They are police procedural stories set in the superhero world of Gotham City focusing on the members of the Major Crimes Unit of the Gotham City Police Department. They are in fact the first police procedural stories I’ve ever read and I really liked them. I’m glad DC stuck with them even while the comic sales were not that great. They are a great way to get a different view of the superhero universe.


It makes me wonder why DC aren’t developing these types of books more with an aim to expand their market. I think a new Gotham City Police Department comic paired with a Daily Planet comic would be a great angle on the Batman and Superman families of books and attract new readers who may not be initially interested in superhero comics. I think it’s an untapped market that DC should exploit.

Each book would act as gateway comics for those readers into the world of Batman’s Gotham and Superman’s Metropolis.

gotham central and daily planet


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