Gotham City: Year One #1

DC Comics

Written by Tom King

Art by Phil Hester

Inks by Eric Gapstur

Colors by Jordie Bellaire

Letters by Clayton Cowles

The Rundown: Detective Sam Bradley will find himself waist deep in a mystery involving the city’s most powerful family. 

Private Detective Sam Bradley has a long history and love for Gotham City. When a mystery woman named Sue visits his office one day, she drops off a letter and some money before disappearing. After having his partner follow her, he decides to take the letter to the man it’s addressed to, the most powerful man in the city, Richard Bruce Wayne. 

His trip to Wayne Manor will include everything from the revelation of a marriage in trouble, some hard men wanting answers and the kidnapping of a wealthy couple’s newborn daughter. When Sam is implicated in events, he finds he cannot escape the mystery as every move he makes embroils him deeper into the mystery and the danger. 

The Story: King crafts an engaging and engrossing mystery in this first issue. I really enjoyed the dark tone of the story and how different Gotham feels in this story. I enjoyed the grounded nature of the story and how it ties to the Wayne family. It humanizes them and gives a picture of a family in crisis that is not as innocent and pure as some want to believe. I enjoy Sam as a character and I like how the story focuses on him and how he has to get out of a mess he never asked to be a part of. I look forward to seeing where the story goes next. 

The Art: Hester beautifully brings the world of Gotham to life with art that is perfect for the setting and dark, noir characters of the story. 

Gotham City: Year One #1

9.2

9.2/10

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