Gotham City Year One #2
Written by Tom King
Art by Phil Hester
Inks by Eric Gapstur
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Bradley sinks deeper into the kidnapping case and getting involved with the city’s most powerful family will lead to trouble.
After the murder of his friend and partner, Sam Bradley has been arrested by the Gotham police and violently interrogated for hours until he is finally let go. After finally returning home, he is confronted by Sue who has something new to give him. Something he will have to take to the Waynes’ if they have ay chance of getting their daughter back.
Richard Wayne decides to give in to the kidnappers demands, but insists on going with Sam to the hand off. A decision that lead to a tense tour into the city and culminate in another meeting with Sue. A meeting that will lead to another dead end and a confrontation that could end in disaster for Sam.
The Story: A wonderfully dark and gritty story that showcases the dark parts of the characters and the even darker undertones of the city itself. King does a brilliant job of creating tone and atmosphere while also balancing tension and an engaging mystery. I love this style of story and how it keeps the reader engaged with Sam as well as the rest of the characters.
The Art: Hester does a wonderful job of showing off the gritty reality of the city, the darkness of its characters and the tension of the story. A great looking issue all around.