Gotham Central
Half a Life

Author: Greg Rucka
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 10.99
ISBN 1 84576 091 3
Available 23 May 2005

Renee Montoya has a secret. She's a grade A detective but her reputation is put on the line when she's implicated in a murder and her deepest secret is revealed. Suddenly, her colleagues in the GCPD look at her askance, begin treating her with hostility, and when she needs their support the most, she finds mostly cold shoulders. The man who reaches out to her, though, is one who belongs behind bars. If free, he presents a grave threat not only to Montoya but to all Gotham's citizens...

Half a Life is another spin off tale from the Gotham Central series. While not up to the same high standard as In the Line of Duty, this release again focusses on the lives of the officers in the police department housed in Gotham City.

This collection sees the Batman pop his head in to remind everyone where we are, but apart from that this tale is very much a story about one detective, Renee Montoya. Not only is she having problems on her patch as she is implemented in a murder, but her personal life gets put through the wash too.

When stripped to its bare bones, this story is pretty straight forward, and it is a credit to Greg Rucka's writing skills that he manages to stretch the material for as long as he does.

If you want to see another side of Gotham City then you certainly won't be disappointed here.

Nick Smithson

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