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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 236

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Today we look at a great one-off issue of Gotham Central by Ed Brubaker and Brian Hurtt

Enjoy!

Issue #11, “Daydreams and Believers,” is about a temp at GCPD named Stacy. She has a very specific job…

What a clever bit by Brubaker, to establish the concept of a bureaucracy where a civilian has to turn on the Bat-Signal.

Besides an impressive look into the mind of an intriguing new character, the goal of this issue of Gotham Central is to show the various detectives of the GCPD in a different light, as viewed by someone who they don’t normally pay attention to, so she picks up on all their little quirks and habits. It’s a very interesting device by Brubaker that works very well. In a comic that revolves around characters who are, generally, THEMSELVES “background characters,” having another background character bring their personalities to the forefront is a great idea.

And, of course, Brian Hurtt is a wonderful artist. I don’t think you need me to say that, as it is evident, but, well, Brian Hurtt is a wonderful artist. His characters are so extremely expressive it is nuts.

Here are two more snippets from the issue (note, the joke with Josie is that she has psychic abilities where she can a connection to inanimate objects, so of course she is always going to be able to find her mug no matter where they hide it)…

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The main crime in the issue revolves around an escape and the bizarre theft of a cadaver. Brubaker handles the resolution of that case sublimely, as the punishment for the criminals is brutally effective.

This was a stand-out issue in a stand-out series. An issue to be proud of by both Brubaker and Hurtt.

Sadly, this issue was omitted during the original Gotham Central trade paperbacks (they chose to collect other stories involving Renee Montoya for the Half a Life trade rather than this issue as a sort of epilogue to that story, and then the next trade picks up with #12, which began a new storyline), but it is now collected in the second volume of the Gotham Central hardcover collection.

11 Comments

Very cool issue. I quite like the new hardcovers, as that series needed more attention. Such a good book.

That is a great bit with the temp turning on the Bat-Signal. Credit to all of the Gotham Central team for coming up with that one and excuting it well. The more Brubaker I read the more I like. I guess I probably ought to give this and his Captain America run a try.

Ooh, I didn’t know they were collecting Gotham Central in hardcover. I read all of the trades, but I never bothered to track down the missing issues.

Fantastic series, all around. Even the one-off issues were great.

uggg, I wish these issues would turn up in the cheap bins.
It’s no wonder that such a well regarded series is hard to track down, but damn . . . why couldn’t it have lasted longer?!
Ya know?

Great issue!
God, I miss this series.

I remember being pretty flabbergasted by some of the choices they made in omitting stuff from the trades; all the hints about Josie’s abilities just became blind alleys if you read this series in trade without knowledge of the original issues, as well as the fact that this issue is a real gem, like a concentrated dose of everything that made Gotham Central special.

I hate the way DC collect stuff sometimes. Why the hell would you skip an issue? They pulled the same thing with Brubaker’s Catwoman.

Very, very subversive yet intriguing take on everyday happenings in a police station… I liked how you framed this Brian because you left out just enough to keep the surprises intact…

This series would be a worth successor to “Smallville”. No to minimal capes. Very good characters.

This series was great! Glad to see it on the post.

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