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October 15, 2003 – Gotham Central #12

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Story by Ed Brubaker & Greg Rucka
Art by Michael Lark
Colors by Lee Loughridge
Letters by Clem Robins

Published by DC Comics | $2.50

The cover image pretty much says it all: As snow falls on the streets of Gotham City, the barrel of a sniper rifle pokes out of a high rise window.

Greg Rucka teased this storyline at this past summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, and I have to say that so far it is coming off just as exciting as I thought it would. There is something about the sniper that is terrifying. Random death that comes from an unseen killer that could be miles away is a chilling thought. The hysteria and fear was in evidence a few years ago in the Washington D.C. area. A sniper in a metropolitan area is even more frightening a proposition considering the overabundance of places someone could shoot from. Every window of every office building is a potential sniper’s nest. There was a sniper here in New York City in the 1970s and they not only never caught him, but couldn’t even find where he was shooting from!

The twist in this story is the identity of the sniper in Gotham City. I’m not going to give it away, but I’ll give you a hint that may or may not be fairly obvious: It’s the craziest homicidal maniac in the Batman Rogue’s Gallery. If you know who I’m talking about then you know why this should prove to be a very interesting storyline.

The identity of the sniper means that Batman is going to probably be more prevalent in this book than he has in the past and that should provide some good dramatic tension among the detectives of the Major Case Unit that — for the most part — do not have very high opinions of him, for various reasons.

I honestly can’t wait for the next issue of this book to come out.

This was a hard week because the latest issue of Wolverine was excellent. Greg Rucka writes that too. Brian Michael Bendis gets a lot of attention and accolades (and rightly so), but for my money, there’s no finer writer working in comics today than Greg Rucka.

If you like good comic books… hell, if you like good stories, good characters, good writing, good police stories, just damned good entertainment, you have to at least give this series a look. This issue is a great jumping on point. Two thirds of the iFanboy braintrust are locked in on this book every month and I will not stop plugging Gotham Central until everyone I know is as well.

Conor Kilpatrick
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