Gang wars, death and betrayal have frayed the precarious alliance
between Batman and the Gotham City Police Department. When
dead bodies dressed as Robin start appearing throughout the
city, tensions between the Dark Knight and the GCPD reach
breaking point and shots are fired. The result is that the
job of fighting crime in Gotham becomes that much harder.
But both sides need each other, and the police and Batman
will have to find a way to work together to find the murderer
before more are killed...
is the latest Gotham Central collection - and what
a treat for fans this is.
men and women of the Gotham City Police Department face challenges
like no other cops - including the city's Dark Knight, Batman,
and his deadly rogues' gallery. When a young boy dressed as
Robin is found murdered, the Dark Knight becomes the number
one suspect, on a list that also includes the Teen Titans.
be honest the opening title story Dead Robin, while
entertaining, takes second place to the Corrigan II
storyline. Here, detectives Renee Montoya and her partner
Crispus Allen have issues with each other. They also have
issues with a number of corrupt officers - all of who are
on the payroll of Crime Scene Unit officer Jim Corrigan. Corrigan
pays off his team to ensure that they keep some of the spoils
from crime scenes - selling on drugs and crime scene memorabilia
for a profit. Allen is close to busting Corrigan's antics
wide open, but with so many police on Corrigan's payroll,
Allen will have to work swiftly to bring him down without
causing to much attention.
relationship between Allen and Montoya is crucial in this
story. Montoya is spiralling down the path of self destruction
- spending her nights drinking and causing trouble in bars
and her days not being a very good partner to Allen. Allen,
on the other hand, is not only attempting to keep their working
relationship together, but is working undercover without Montoya's
realising - on a case that she can't be involved with because
of past problems.
only is this tale well written and illustrated, but I was
genuinely shocked by one of the plot twists. Something that
happens less and less these days.
you are a Batman fan or not, you really should own
this collection. You can take or leave the Dead Robin
tale, but the Corrigan II story is a must own.