Slam Bradley has been one step behind the kidnappers the entire time… can he turn the tables in time to save the infant heiress to the Wayne fortune?
Is this hardened private investigator prepared to deal with a dark, deadly twist that will define Gotham City for generations to come?
Batman on FilmGotham City: Year One has already risen to one of the top DC books of 2022 for me! Make sure you don’t miss it!
The Comicbook Dispatch“A mother knows.” Readers, it’s that line that just might haunt you all week after reading Gotham City: Year One #3. And furthermore, it’s the emotion raging through these characters that will make it hard to sleep tonight. King, Hester, and this team absolutely nailed it! The only problem with this issue is that you won’t truly feel the anger and pain released in this issue unless you’ve been following along since jump street. So, I highly recommend giving this series a shot by going back to the beginning. And as for how I began the review of Gotham City: Year One #3, please understand that I truly do respect King as a writer, and I know he puts forth a ton of effort into all he does. Lately, his items just haven’t been hitting nor do I think he delivers on his characters well. But this issue is entirely different. Again, this is not only the best issue of the week BUT the best issue I’ve read by anyone at any company for quite some time. I just warn you to be prepared to truly feel the supercharged, raw emotions that will literally leap off the page this week as you read it. What an outstanding job by everyone involved.
Comic WatchGotham City Year One #3 is almost as near-perfect as the first two issues. I didnt even get to the usage of SLAM as a sound effect in that opening flashback. But King really steps on his own ending, and its too bad. I honestly was surprised there was that extra page at the end of the bookI thought the issue was over. Now is this arguably a nit pick? Yes. But the choice ruined what could have been a much more powerful moment.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: A brilliantly taut noir thriller that delivers not only great atmosphere, but fantastic characters. I love the world being crafted in this series and King is brilliant at getting the reader involved in the story, its characters and their layers of good and bad. I love the compelling mystery at the heart of this series and cannot wait to see where it goes next. The Art: Hester beautifully illustrates the dark and dangerous world of Gotham City and every page and panels makes you feel like you’re watching a classic detective movie. Beautifully illustrated throughout.
AIPTGotham City: Year One #3 is an excellent example of detective noir done right. Slam Bradley's gritty detective work is matched only by Hester's moody, atmospheric art. That said, the depiction of the Wayne family's moral flaws is gratuitous, unnecessary, and off-putting, holding back a very good comic from being a great comic.
Geek DadThis might be the most pitch-black of King’s works so far, but it’s also excellent.
Batman-NewsGotham City: Year One #3 is a gripping detective story that explores the characters of its titular city in a meaningful way. Slam’s investigative work is captivating and keeps you guessing without ever feeling like it’s just pulling answers to mysteries out of nowhere. Both the main characters and the residents of Gotham who only appear for a page are fleshed out such that the entire city comes alive as the story digs deeper into its hidden depths. Every issue reveals a new facet to this complex mystery and I’m excited to read what comes next.
ComicBook.comAll of this investment in the setting and Slam's journey below its surface allows the final few pages to land with desperate intensity that's bound to leave readers shaken. It also makes clear that the myth of Gotham City having once been a grand place for all of its citizens was always just that, and that's where Gotham City: Year One promises to grow far more interesting in its second half.
Weird Science DC ComicsGotham City: Year One #3 is an excellent example of detective noir done right. Slam Bradley's gritty detective work is matched only by Hester's moody, atmospheric art. That said, the depiction of the Wayne family's moral flaws is gratuitous, unnecessary, and off-putting, holding back a very good comic from being a great comic.
Lyles Movie FilesThe payoff to the mystery is somewhat disappointing as King seems to lean into the stereotypes he actively wrote against through the first half of the story. Of course, there might be more to this reveal. Regardless, King and the rest of the creative team have established an engaging mystery. Hopefully he can nail the ending.
Dark Knight NewsGotham City: Year One #3 is at its best when it is a vehicle for Slam Bradley to act and react to the startling situations he finds himself in. He’s a protagonist who’s likable, and this is the key to Year One #3 being successful so far. Unfortunately, the unfolding mystery of the Waynes offers only drips of information, which could make it easy for readers to disengage from it. Slam as the main lead, as well as Phil Hester’s wonderful gritty art. are make this issue a worthwhile read.
The Batman UniverseTom King and Phil Hester have produced the best issue of the series yet artistically, though the characterization still feels too tied to tropes without much energy or variation other than the stellar artwork.
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