The GeeksverseBatman: Gates of Gotham #1

Batman: Gates of Gotham #1
Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 by

Written by: Scott Snyder & Kyle Higgins
Art by: Trevor McCarthy
Colors: Guy Major
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover Art: A- Trevor McCarthy; B- Dustin Nguyen
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Associate Editor: Janelle Asselin
Editor: Mike Marts

A new chapter in the history of Gotham City starts here. The issue opens with a flashback about the “founding fathers” of Gotham: Alan Wayne and his two compatriots who are revealed to be a distant relative of Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penquin, and Tommy Elliott, aka Hush. The three had bridges named after them. In the years since, the names of the bridges have been changed. The main story opens with someone blowing all three bridges at the same time.

Having the Dick Grayson Batman be the star of this is a bit odd. We see alot of the young associates of Batman, including the return of Cassandra Cain, but considering the historical aspect of this story and connection to Bruce Wayne, it makes more sense to have Bruce Wayne star in the story.

The story itself is decent. It’s a little jumpy in the narration and it’s hard to follow who is saying what in a couple of issues. It’s hard to tell if it’s a script or artist issue. The bones of the story are good. It should be an interesting mini-series. The problem with the book is in the dialogue, it just feels off and out of character, and the art.

McCarthy’s art isn’t bad, but it’s very jumpy in some scenes. The action doesn’t flow well. Character placement is odd with the way the dialogue reads.

Batman: Gates of Gotham #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

A decent enough read and I’m interested in seeing where Snyder takes this story.

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