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Batman: Gates of Gotham [Kindle Edition]

SCOTT SNYDER , KYLE HIGGINS , TREVOR MCCARTHY
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

At the turn of the century, three prominent families shaped the construction of modern-day Gotham City. Now, a madman with three-hundred pounds of explosives and a century-old grudge is threatening to bring it all crashing down. Beginning with the simultaneous destruction of some of Gotham's oldest bridges, the mysterious villain is targeting the holdings and legacies of Gotham's most notable families--including the Waynes. 

To uncover the truth behind the villainous Architect and his link to the city's violent past, Batman unites with Robin, Red Robin and Batman Inc.'s Hong Kong operative the Black Bat. But can they stop their new foe's plans before it's too late? The future of Gotham started with an explosion, and it could end the very same way...

The critically acclaimed scribe of BATMAN Scott Snyder teams with hot young writer Kyle Higgins (Nightwing) and Ryan Parrot for a mystery that stretches back to the earliest days of Gotham, with art by the all-star team of Trevor McCarthy, Dustin Nguyen, Graham Nolan and Derec Donovan.

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The dual narratives that Snyder and Higgins weave together mesh so fluidly that Gates of Gotham becomes one hell of an informative page-turner. -- IGN

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Scott Snyder is an American writer best known for his 2006 short story collection Voodoo Heart, and his work in comic books, including American Vampire, Detective Comics and Batman: Gates of Gotham.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Burning bridges to the past 24 Feb. 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Someone in Gotham is blowing up the bridges of the city and enacting some strange vengeance against the descendants of the families who built Gotham - the Elliotts, the Kanes, the Cobblepots, and the Waynes. But who, and why?

The adventure collects the three Robins - Dick Grayson as Batman, Tim Drake as Red Robin, and Damian Wayne as Robin - along with the Cassandra Cain, the Batgirl currently stationed by Bruce Wayne in Hong Kong, to stop this terrorist before more of Gotham's historic buildings are destroyed.

The story jumps from the 19th century when Gotham was being built to the present day to explain the actions and it was great to see a young Gotham and see how the city came into its gothic look. The new villain in this book, "the Architect", has a steampunk look, something a lot of comics are doing these days, and looks very cool. I'm enjoying these stories of the young heroes of Gotham more and more and think that Bruce Wayne can safely retire with these guys taking care of things. That said, the book shows the difference between Wayne's Batman and Grayson's in the lack of knowledge Grayson currently has about the city he's supposed to be protecting. Its touches like that that makes for a more engrossing read.

Also included is a story about the Night Runner of Paris and how he comes across Bruce Wayne/Batman and is recruited into Batman Inc., to become the Batman of Paris. The story contained political elements that I thought DC could've avoided as they showed a contemporary France with its racial and cultural issues in full view, but they included it and I thought that was a very ballsy move. The Batman of Paris is very cool too and Batman Inc is shaping up to be a tremendous concept.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greats AND Gotham. 22 April 2015
Format:Paperback
I read a library copy of the paperback
The decision to choose the cover for this collection that they did was a big mistake, almost any other issue or variant cover was better – I wonder if readers are put off by the dull cover – if so it’s a great shame.
This is a classy collection.
Using the history of Gotham as a plot device, this shows the depth of involvement the writers give to Gotham itself as a character of its own.
This shows signs of where Court of Owls etc will grow from in the intricacies of story and characterisation that has made Batman books of late so successful.
The artwork here is wonderful, detailed and dynamic but some of the faces are strangely reminiscent of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians or Aristocats and the like, which I could not quite make fit the atmosphere.
The flashback scenes are well crafted but some of the people are just wrong. Tim Drake especially looks too young and too thin – I can allow some artistic license but it just doesn’t work well enough here although the depiction of the Gothic skyline and buildings of Gotham is gorgeous.
The Bat-team presented here is a good one.
Is it unique to see this combination of Batman (Dick Grayson ex-Nightwing), Red Robin (Tim Drake ex-Robin), Black Bat (Cassandra Cain ex-Batgirl) and Robin (Damian Wayne ex-assassin) teamed together?
They make an effective team and I would be quite happy to see more – especially once Dick accepts himself behind the cowl.
Gotham is like a member of the team itself here and seeing its early days is a joy.
There is an additional tale of the Nightrunner, billed as a Batman of Paris, France which whilst being fine enough, is not particularly unique or gripping and belongs better in a Batman Incorporated collection than here, the Gates of Gotham story should stand alone, proud and powerful.
Not quite reaching 5 stars I would still recommend this book.
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Purchased because I'm a huge fan of Snyder's work. It's a great parallel story between batman and the olden days of Gotham.
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