Thursday, June 25, 2009

Batman: Streets of Gotham #1

Paul Dini & Dustin Nguyen
Batman: Streets of Gotham debuted last week as a new monthly series written by Paul Dini (producer/writer on the influential Batman: The Animated Series) and drawn by Dustin Nguyen. The book finds Gotham City in a dark period for its residents, as Batman has died. While there is a new Batman, there are rumblings in the dark belly of Gotham's underworld and, as is illustrated by the first story in this book, even C-level villains like Firefly are getting bold. I like how this book, like Gotham Central before it, focuses on Gotham's street-fighters, like Gordan and the police force, as well as the lawyers and the new D.A., who has her own back-up feature in this book, as it's no other than Kate Spencer aka Manhunter, who is a vigilante very reminiscent of Batman, and so fits with the book very well. The Manhunter feature is a good-sized nine page story, which is nice to see, since I was sad to see Manhunter canceled (again), and even better is seeing Marc Andreyko fit Kate into the filth of Gotham. And can I just say that I love Damian as the new Robin? He's spectacular and Paul Dini gets what Grant Morrison intended for the character, as Dini shows with Damian's little scene with Harley Quinn here (Quinn is coincidentally Paul Dini's own creation, you know). So, this new book is off to a good start and it's nice to see things from this perspective during the exciting restructuring of the Batman universe.

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