A brutal gang war rages in Gotham City. After a tragic mistake,
the police feel that they can no longer trust Batman, so Commissioner
Akins makes a fateful decision - the Dark Knight is now a
wanted man, and the famous Bat-Signal is removed from the
roof of police headquarters. But it couldn't have come at
a worse time, as the Major Crimes Unit must face a super-villain
they've never dealt with before, and a good cop's life hangs
in the balance...
Quick and the Dead is
the latest in the Gotham Central series - which follows
the lives of the police officers of Gotham City Police Department
as they go about fighting crimes that are below the radar
of the Batman.
this collection it is decided, by the commissioner in charge
of Health and Welfare, that the Bat Symbol should be taken
down and destroyed - sending a message to all of Gotham's
citizens that the police and Batman are no longer working
together. This is done over the Major's head - a fact the
Major is not overly happy about.
some believe that this also sends a message to Gotham's underworld
that it's open season in the city. And this would appear to
be the case, as a new costumed villain appears on the scene.
the events of the gang war take their toll on detectives Renee
Montoya and Crispus Allen, the two partners set in motion
events that will change their lives forever. To keep Gotham
safe without Batman's help, Allen and Montoya make some very
powerful enemies... and face some hard truths about their
and Montoya also find themselves leaving Gotham in order to
question Doctor Desmond Alchemy, a criminally insane scientist
whose secret lab has recently been discovered by a couple
of boys. While attempting to help the boys escape from this
makeshift laboratory, a police officer is engulfed in strange
flames that don't burn, but start to transform him. Doctor
Alchemy is the only one who can help this unfortunate soul.
introduction of Doctor Alchemy was probably the low point
of this collection, for me. His opening scene is handled like
a very bad homage to The Silence of the Lambs and I
couldn't understand why such an intelligent man would stoop
to such pathetic name calling when he arrives in Gotham.
than that slight niggle this will make a worthy addition to
any comic fans collection.