“Batman: Gates of Gotham” Issue #1 Comic Book Review

“Batman: Gates of Gotham” Issue #2
Art and cover by TREVOR MCCARTHY
Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On Sale June 22, 2011
DC Comics; 32pg.; Color; $2.99 US

There are so many comic books and different mini-series floating around with the Dark Knight attached to them right now that at times I get confused and definitely can’t afford to keep up with them all, as much as I’d like to. I read “Detective Comics” and “Batman” religiously every month and the only other tales about the Caped Crusader and his extended family that I get to gaze upon are the ones that my good buddy Austin at DC Comics sends me to review every month or so. As goofy as it sounds, I do still get giddy like a child every time I see that yellow mailing envelope on my front door. The other day I got that envelope and opened it to see a copy of “Batman: Gates of Gotham” Issue #1. This is a new mini-series DC has launched this month.

“Batman: Gates of Gotham” Issue #1 opens “when a mystery as old as Gotham City itself surfaces and Batman assembles a team of his greatest detectives – including Red Robin, Owlman, I-Ching and others – to investigate this startling new enigma. As clues are discovered and the mystery deepens, Batman’s team soon finds itself on a journey that explores different eras in Gotham’s history and touches upon notable Gotham families including the Waynes, Kanes, and Elliotts.”

I usually start my reviews by going into the story, but I feel the need to skip forward for “Batman: Gates of Gotham” Issue #1. The art on the cover immediately struck me as unique and eye-catching. As I began reading, I was drawn in to every panel through the artwork by Trevor McCarthy. I have to say that his illustrations are now my second favorite of the modern day “Batman” artists, with my first being Tony Daniel. Trevor’s art is reminiscent of the animation for the television show “The Batman.” The lines of the art have these sharp edges that somehow just make the drawings more dramatic and menacing.

Writers Scott Snyder and Kyle Higgins give us an interesting history lesson on the crime capitol of the comic book world and the “Gates of Gotham” that lead into it. They perfectly mix modern day scenes of Batman in action with glimpses of the past to iron out the storyline of “Batman: Gates of Gotham” Issue #1. This is a great tale that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat wondering what is in store for them at the turn of the next page.

I really enjoyed “Batman: Gates of Gotham” Issue #1. I would recommend all fans of the Dark Knight and his many friends to check this five issue mini-series out. It definitely has everything you could want in a true Batman tale.

You can buy “Batman: Gates of Gotham” Issue #1 right here.