CM Podcast 274 – Gotham Central (2003 comic)

A few weeks ago we did a podcast for the Netflix movie, The Old Guard. In that podcast, I mentioned that the comic and movie The Old Guard were both written by Greg Rucka. We went over some history of Greg Rucka’s past comic work and brought up that he did a Gotham Police comic with Ed Brubaker in 2003 called Gotham Central.

Fast forward to today. I was able to pick up the first book in the Gotham Central series so Jon and I read the first 2 story arcs: In the Line and Motive. We will talk about the comic and why you should be adding this to your “must read” list.

Gotham Central was written by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker with Michael Lark doing the art. It was published by DC in 2003. It ran for about 40 issues and was cancelled in 2006. It was nominated for Eisners for writing and art in 2003 and won an Eisner for Best Serialized Story in 2004.

So why did a well written police procedural comic with fantastic artwork have such a limited run? The answer is: no promotion. The comic started with hot but lost steam over the years. DC did not seem interested in keeping this comic going so rarely saw any ads for it and there were no crossovers in its 3 year run.

We recommend picking this book up and giving it a read. It starts with Detective Marcus Driver and Detective Charlie Fields following a lead for a missing persons case and then having the worst day ever…

Detective Driver survives his encounter with Mr. Freeze but his partner did not. The reader follows Detective Driver as he works with the Gotham Central to track Freeze down before he hurts someone else. Driver wants justice for his partner so he wants to find Freeze before the Batman does.

Jon and I really enjoyed this book and characters and we highly recommend that you pick it up. I am not a fan of police procedural books but this one held my interest. There is a buzz that this may get turned into a TV series and I hope it does. This book really deserves a chance at a bigger audience.

Jim

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CM Podcast 270 – The Old Guard (2020 Netflix movie review)

We are covering a comic related item this week – the recently released Netflix movie called The Old Guard.

This is based on a comic series written by Greg Rucka and art by Leandro Fernandez. It is published by Image comics. In fact, Greg Rucka wrote the script for the movie.

We normally like to read the comic that the movie is based on and then do a comparison of the movie to the comic to see if it is true to the source material or does it stray… *cough*Last Days of American Crime*cough*.

Unfortunately, we could not get a copy of the 1st trade paperback – it was sold out everywhere I looked. We will still try to pick it up and do a review of it later. For this review, we focus on the movie.

Jon and I did not read the original comic so all our knowledge about Old Guard comes from the movie. We talk about the story and the world building it does to explain how The Old Guard comes into existence and operates in the world. We both give our final opinion at the end of the podcast. The movie has been getting good to excellent reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Do we feel the same way? Listen to find out.

As always – SPOILERS are in the podcast so watch the movie and come back to dissect it with us.

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 270