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Gotham Central #19

May 8, 2004

Quick Rating: Great
Title: Unresolved Part One

An eight-year-old case comes back to haunt Marcus Driver, and the culprit may be someone that’s needed a big, bad bat to bring him down before.

Writer: Ed Brubaker
Pencils: Michael Lark
Inks: Stefano Gaudiano
Colors: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Clem Robins
Editor: Matt Idelson
Cover Art: Michael Lark & Lee Loughridge
Publisher: DC Comics

A hostage situation at a fast food joint and Detectives Marcus Driver and Josie Mac rush to the scene. The perpetrator turns out to be someone Driver knows, and furthermore, he seems driven by the memory of a tragedy he survived years ago, one that was never solved. When the situation resolves itself not to his liking, Driver decides to re-open the case.

I’ve been a fan of Josie Mac since Judd Winick introduced her in a Detective Comics back-up serial. I’ve always liked how she keeps her metahuman ability under wraps, to the point where people reading this issue would figure she’s just a crack detective if they didn’t know about her “talent.” It comes in particularly handy as she and Driver take apart the GCPD evidence room trying to find whatever’s left of that age-old case, including a hint at the return of a favorite old character of mine that we haven’t seen in way too long a time.

Lark returns to this title after sitting out the last story arc, and he’s still in top form. Nothing has changed about his style since the last time I reviewed him, he’s still a fantastic artist for a crime serious. Kenny Booker, who takes the hostages, looks grimy and hopeless, like someone driven mad by something or other (we get a hint of what that is at the end, too).

Another plus is that this comic uses a “Previously” page at the beginning. Rather than going for a text page, though, it takes a cue from cop shows on television and presents a series of panels from previous issues that brings the new reader right up to speed.

I’m going to come right out and say it here — Gotham Central is the best comic book from the Big Two that you’re not reading, that no one is even talking about. Crime, action, mystery and good old fashioned “cops and robbers” all come together in this title, and if you’re afraid of over-exposure from the Bat, rest assured that he’s barely seen. Although if you’re looking for something from Batman, his presence is felt throughout.

Rating: 9/10

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