in the shadow of the Dark Knight makes the detectives of Gotham's
police force determined to prove they have what it takes to
enforce the law in a city rife with criminals... with or without
the Line of Duty is
a graphic novel so simple in its execution that you wonder
why no one thought to tackle it before. There are plenty of
police patrolling Gotham City and yet their story has never
been told before - not like this at any rate.
police have always taken a back seat to the caped crusader's
antics. It's almost as though they are the world's worst crime
fighters. But, away from the super villains, there are other
crimes, and ones which Gotham's finest can easily tackle without
the help of the winged freak.
collection features two stories: In the Line of Duty
and Motive which dovetail together to form an extended
After his cop partner is killed by Mister Freeze, Marcus Driver
(who himself had his hands badly frozen by the warped criminal)
is eager to bring his friend's killer to justice - without
the aid of the Batman. But, when Mr Freeze ups the stakes,
with a plan to kill hundreds of innocent citizens, the police
must reluctantly call for the assistance of the Batman. That
is the basic outline for the two-part story entitled In
the Line of Duty.
three-parter Motive sees the death of a young girl
in what looks like a bungled ransom attempt. But, as Driver
digs beneath the surface, there is much more to her death
than meets the eye. Meanwhile Firebug (who I always thought
was called Firefly until now) is causing havoc on the streets
of Gotham as he sets about another string of arson attacks.
of these stories are well executed and the artwork is incredibly
impressive. But, what really makes this a must own collection
is the fact that it puts a new, and interesting spin on the
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