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September 9, 2004 – Gotham Central #23

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Story by Greg Rucka
Art by Michael Lark
Inks by Stefano Gaudiano
Colors by Lee Loughridge
Letters by Clem Robbins

Published by DC Comics | $2.50

And so Ed Brubaker and the GCPD day shift give way to Greg Rucka and the night shift. Honestly, is there a better one-two comic book writing team?

Since it is the night shift that means we focus again on Detective Renee Montoya and her partner Crispus Allen. Whereas Brubaker’s day shift is more an ensemble piece in the vein of Homicide: Life on the Street, Rucka’s night shift is more Law & Order.

In this issue, Detectives Montoya and Allen stumble upon a gangland hit and bullets fly all over the place. After all the shell casings hit the floor, one officer is down, lots of members of The Burnley Massive (that’s a gang) are dead, as well as a costumed hit man named The Black Spider. Detective Montoya and Allen say it was a righteous shoot (cop talk for “clean”), and I.A.D. agrees. But was it?


Thus is the beauty of Gotham Central. Detectives Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen are good cops, there’s no question about that, but sometimes even good cops make mistakes. Legally… morally… what will the consequences be? Hopefully this will be explored over the course of the story arc.

And did I mention the crime scene investigator who is selling criminal memorabilia on the internet, and whose name is the title of this story arc?

On a non-Gotham Central related note, I picked up the first Invincible trade because it came so highly recommend from a trusted source. I’m only part of the way in, but so far it is excellent.

Conor Kilpatrick

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  1. Makes me want to watch the Shield more.

  2. Doesn’t it?

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