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Gotham City: Year One #4 (of 6)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.

The new crime-noir classic rolls on!

Slam Bradley’s search for the Wayne heiress takes a tragic, deadly turn and the simmering pot that is Gotham City is about to boil over!

As the world falls apart around him, Slam must decide between justice and revenge-a choice that will echo down the generations and redefine both Gotham and Batman!

Publication Date
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Print Lenght
36 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Batman on Film

    King’s detective narration continues to be pitch-perfect in getting the reader into the proper mindset for this story. If you weren’t a fan of Slam Bradley before this series, I guarantee you will be by the end. (...) Hester is doing some career-defining work here. As if resurrecting Oliver Queen wasn’t enough of a feather in his cap all those years ago, he is definitely leaving his mark on the Gotham of the past. His choice of camera angles draws you in, gives the characters power when it needs to, and sets the perfect pace for reading. I just find myself immersed in every page. See if you can see the shadow of a bat in a certain alley! One aspect of the mystery may be over, but the plot is still barrelling along full-speed ahead, guaranteeing you’ll want to come back next month for another shot of what King and Hester are pouring. Detective Comics is taking a more gothic route these days, so for those yearning for a hard-boiled, noir-soaked yarn, this is definitely the book for you!
  • 94

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: A brilliantly dark and gritty noir thriller that continues to create great characters, mystery and atmosphere. I continue to love Sam Bradley as a character and every moment he takes the reader into the darker elements of Gotham is a great one. I love how dark the story goes and how Sam is crafted as the flawed hero. I cannot wait to see where the story goes next after its awesome cliffhanger. The Art: Hester brings fantastic scope and emotion to the visuals in the issue. Every page, panel and angle reminds me of some of the best noir films and the imagery creates the perfect emotional tone for the story.
  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Gotham City: Year One #4 continues this undeniably powerful story forward by raising the stakes with romance and new potential perps. And just when you think the story is done, King throws in some more wrinkles to keep fans on their toes. Readers will find themselves cheering for Slam throughout all the punishment and hoping that this character finds a place in comic stories for years to come. Gotham City: Year One #4 combines some of the best qualities of a crime noir and mixes them together with a historic, continuity dream that places so much more history in Gotham and with the Waynes. Sure, Gotham City: Year One #4 isn’t as powerful as the last issue but this issue still had its decisive moments. Batman fans interested in Gotham and the Waynes need to be reading this series. Film noir buffs should also hop on this train while they still can. I simply couldn’t be more excited to see this series come out each month. It’s so weird for me to say this but… Keep it coming Mr. King! Keep it coming!
  • 90


    Gotham City: Year One #4 is another enticing chapter revealing truths about Gotham, the Waynes, and possibly Batman himself. It's exciting to see there are hidden tales worth telling expertly unveiled by the creators in each chapter.
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This is a tense, gripping story that immerses you in a very different Gotham—one less crime-riddled, but maybe just as cruel. It hasn’t reached the heights of King’s other works yet, but it is building towards an explosive finale.
  • 90

    Gotham City: Year One began as an impressive genre riff, but has transformed itself into a critique of American history, class, and perhaps the comic book industry in an impressive mid-series twist. When the final page of issue #4 arrives, it's abundantly clear this ought to be a series everyone is talking about before it ends.
  • 80


    Gotham City: Year One #4 offers an exploration of Slam at his lowest point. Seemingly everything and everyone has turned on him. King continues to deliver a gripping, character driven detective story with plenty of twists and turns. The past three issues have set up all the pieces, and now everything is coming together. If you have any interest in detective fiction in your Batman stories, be sure to pick this up.
  • 80

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Gotham City: Year One #4 uncovers the truth behind Helen Wayne's murder and gets the main character, Slam Bradley, beaten up... a lot. All that's left to do is find out how Slam resolves the murder while keeping the Wayne legacy intact, so we'll see how it goes. In the meantime, this issue is a serviceable time waster.
  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Gotham City: Year One #4 is a very entertaining read as it kicks its film noir influences into overdrive. Even a somewhat mediocre mystery doesn’t dampen the sharp characterization and moody art.
  • 60

    The Batman Universe

    King returns to the leaden, expected “twists'' of the first issue, leading to a denouement that hits with all the force of a whiffle bat, though Hester, Gapstur, and Bellaire’s art once again lifts the book up.
  • 50

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