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Gotham City: Year One #1 (of 6)

71
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 17 critic ratings.

There once was a shining city on the water, a home for families, hope, and prosperity.

It was Gotham and it was glorious.

The story of its fall from grace, the legend that would birth the Bat, has remained untold for 80 years.

That’s about to change.

Superstar creators Tom King and Phil Hester team up for the first time to tell the definitive origin of Gotham City: how it became the cesspool of violence and corruption it is today, and how it harbored and then unleashed the sin that led to the rise of the Dark Knight.

Two generations before Batman, private investigator Slam Bradley gets tangled in the “kidnapping of the century” as the infant Wayne heir disappears in the night… and so begins a brutal, hard-boiled, epic tale of a man living on the edge and a city about to burn.

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
33 pages
Language
English
Price
$4.99
Amazon ASIN
B0BCXCXV55

Author
Variant Cover Artists

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17 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

  • 100

    Batman on Film

  • 95

    AIPT

  • 95

    Lyles Movie Files

  • 94

    The Super Powered Fancast

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

  • 90

    Nerdly

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

  • 85

    Geek Dad

  • 82

    Zona Negativa

  • 80

    ComicBook.com

  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 75

    Batman-News

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

  • 70

    Dark Knight News

  • 68

    Multiversity Comics

  • 60

    The Batman Universe

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About the Author: Tom King

Tom King has emerged as a beacon of narrative brilliance in the comic book world, weaving tales that resonate deeply with both long-time enthusiasts and newcomers alike. With a unique blend of emotional depth and complex storytelling, King’s work has redefined what it means to engage with the medium of comics. From his groundbreaking run on “Batman” to the introspective “Mister Miracle,” King’s portfolio is a testament to his ability to explore the human condition through the lens of the superhero genre.

Before becoming a household name in comics, Tom King embarked on a path far removed from the world of capes and villains. As a former CIA officer, King’s experiences have infused his storytelling with a palpable sense of realism and gravity, setting his work apart in a crowded field. His transition from espionage to comics might seem unexpected, but it’s this very background that enriches his narrative voice, allowing him to craft stories of heroism and sacrifice with authenticity.

King’s ascent in the comic book industry began with “The Vision,” a series that turned the Marvel android into a tragic figure struggling with the concept of family and humanity. This work, characterized by its melancholic exploration of identity, laid the foundation for King’s reputation as a storyteller capable of blending superhero action with deep, literary themes. His ability to humanize iconic characters, making their struggles and triumphs resonate on a personal level, has earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase.

However, it is perhaps his work on DC Comics’ “Batman” that has most profoundly impacted the comic book landscape. King’s Batman is a figure shaped by vulnerability and introspection, a departure from the invincible hero trope. Through arcs like “City of Bane” and the poignant “Batman Annual #2,” King explores themes of love, loss, and redemption, offering a fresh perspective on the Dark Knight’s mythos.

In addition to his superhero narratives, Tom King has ventured into the realm of creator-owned projects, such as “Strange Adventures” and “Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.” These works further showcase his versatility, delving into science fiction and cosmic drama while maintaining his signature emotional depth and complex character studies.

Beyond the pages of his comics, King’s presence in the industry as a thought leader and advocate for the medium is undeniable. His candid discussions about the challenges of mental health, the creative process, and the importance of storytelling in contemporary culture have made him a respected figure among peers and fans.

Tom King‘s contributions to the comic book world have not gone unnoticed, earning him multiple Eisner Awards and solidifying his status as one of the most influential writers of his generation. As he continues to push the boundaries of comic book storytelling, King’s legacy is that of a visionary who reminds us that at the heart of every superhero story lies a deeply human tale waiting to be told.

For those who seek to explore the depths of narrative artistry within the comic book genre, Tom King‘s body of work offers a rich, introspective journey into the soul of modern heroism, proving that within the fantastical, the most profound truths of our existence can be found.

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