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Batman: Officer Down [Paperback]

Greg Rucka , Rick Burchett , Mike Collins
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28 Sep 2001 Batman
For almost as long as there has been a Batman, Commissioner Jim Gordon has been his trusted ally within the GCPD. But now Gordon lies perilously close to death, shot by person or persons unknown, and for once the Dark Knight Detective hasn't a clue. Their relationship was sorely tested during No Man's Land, but survived. Now, though the unstated partnership may be dissoved. Forever. Together, Batman, Nightwing, Robin, Catwoman and Batgirl must pool their resources to catch a killer. But regardless of the outcome, for Jim Gordon this will be his last case. The new dark-edged noir tome established by Batman: Evolution continues...in the most shocking Batman story of all!

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (28 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840234105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840234107
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 16.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,392,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greg Rucka has written extensively for all the Batman titles, and has contributed to Batman: No Man's Land Vols 1-5. His creator-owned graphic novel, Whiteout, has received huge critical acclaim.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Batman collections around 27 Dec 2003
I mean it. This is an excellent collection. The tale of the shooting of Commissioner Gordon is riveting reading, forgoing super-hero antics for a good Detective story in which Batman takes no active role in the proceedings, but his influence is felt throughout.
The basic story is that Jim Gordon is shot on his birthday and lies in intensive care. Catwoman is the prime suspect, but is actually innocent. As Batman mourns his friend, Gotham's vigilantes and the city police race to find and convict the shooter.
Jim Gordon was the best written character in the No Man's Land saga, and his rift with Batman that ran throughout the series showed the reality of a cop working with a super-hero. This relationship continues here. When Batman learns of the shooting (whilst taking down some minor villains), he goes into a blind rage, almost killing them. He then spends the majority of the time by Gordon's bedside, unable to cope with the loss of a close friend and ally. The stand out scene between the two has to be after Gordon's retirement, set in the same garden that featured throughout No Man's Land, as the ex-police officer reveals how his job has destroyed his daughter and his wife. Comic books (especially DC comic books) rarely bother with secondary characterisation (just take a look at the current Superman books), but Batman books are the exception to the rule.
This can be seen in the large role given to the Gotham City Police Department in the tale. They are the real stars, and the potential for storylines featuring the police in a city plagued with super villains is relaised here, as well as in the subsequent Gotham Central series. The best sequence is the one where Detectives Montoya and Allen try to extract a confession from the guilty party. Allen's reluctance to 'use the Bat' (i.e.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A more human Batman makes for a better story. 23 Nov 2001
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Since No-Mans Land Greg Rucka and the new team of writers have suceeded in making Batman (as well as the supporting cast) seem fresher and more rounded.
This story brillantly captures the complex relationship between Gordon, Batman and the entire Gotham Police Dept's view of the vigilante. This new crime-noir orientated approach to Batman stories is a fantastic approach, even giving Batman and Gotham a more realistic feel than seen pre-earthquake. The artwork is also superb, leaning towards a more natural style whilst remaining as sophiscated as ever.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for batman fans 17 Nov 2001
Taking place in the "New Gotham" series, Officer Down sees an attempted assasination of Commissioner Gordon on the day of his retirement.
Rather than portraying the Dark Night as the mean machine we all know and love, it goes deeper than that, portraying the man behind the mask, powerless, as he stands watching Commissioner Gordans, and more importantly, his best friends life ebb away in the hospital ward.
The case is left down to his proteges, Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, Azreal, and Oracle, to hunt down the only known witness, Catwoman, and discover the assilants true identity.
No supervillans this time round, but still a first class advanture no true Dark Knight fan should be without.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cat among the pigeons 7 Nov 2002
Officer down continues the "New Gotham" Batman stories. It's Commisioner Gordons birthday party but he gets one surprise to many. A rouge assaliant shoots Gordon, and he nearly dies. The police and the Bat Family originally pin the crime on Catwoman - but shootings not her style is it...?
Biggest shock is the resignation of Gordon as commisoner, who has protected Gotham for nearly as long as the Bat himself. However the story itself is quite weak, it is no surprise to learn Catwoman is innocent (this time) and the wrap-up seems conveluted.
A good book for followers of the Dark Knight, but not groundbreaking.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Alltime Upper Echelon Of Batman Tales 27 Feb 2006
By Stephen B. O'Blenis - Published on Amazon.com
I read this story years ago and its impact hasn't diminished one bit since the night I first experienced it. One of the highest in a large field of outstanding Batman and Batman-related arcs DC has published over the years, "Batman: Officer Down" is a razor-tight and simmering-with-suspense arc that brought about lasting changes into the Gotham corner of the DC Universe. If you're a regular DC reader, you probably long since know which changes were and which weren't wrought by this event, but if you're a new or returning reader, perhaps somebody who saw "Batman Begins", this collection is actually not a bad place to jump into the Batman line.

Written by some of comics's best writers (riveting dialogue!) and drawn by some of the best artists, in "Officer Down" the odds finally catch up with one of Gotham City's mainstay protectors as Commisioner Jim Gordon is gunned down in the streets. As Gordon clings to life in the hospital - with very little foreshadowing of whether he'll make it or not - the hunt is on for the assailant, by both the Gotham Police Department and the masked defenders of Gotham. Features one of the most brilliant police room interrogation scenes in any form of storytelling as just one of its deeply absorbing angles. Essential for DC fans.

As a sidenote, Batgirl # 12 is a tie-in to the crossover but not an 'official' part of it, hence its ommission from the book, and Detective Comics # 755 is the outstanding follow-up issue to the whole saga. Fans may want to pick those two issues up along with this Trade Paperback.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably not for the casual Bat-fan 15 Nov 2001
By noravasc - Published on Amazon.com
In general this is not a very exciting story. There is not a great deal of action and most of the story is given over to character examination. This is diffently not a book for the casual Batman reader, although anyone who feels they have a basic knowledge of the the Batverse will probably enjoy seeing the character developments. While this book is not a great story by itself, it does deal with a major change in Gotham, one that includes the loss of a major character, and something that is still effecting the comic line today.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Best Batman Stories 8 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I'm not one that enjoys multi-title crossover story arcs, but this one demanded the attention. This was the best story arc for the Batman universe I had run across in over a year. The writer did an excellent job portraying the sheer gravity of how close Batman was to Commish Gordon and even better job keeping the story cohesive over the various Batman titles. This is truly a great classic drama of GCPD relation with Batman (and his family) worthy of a read.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 14 Nov 2001
By Savant11 - Published on Amazon.com
I first passed on this book because I did not like the art work. But I decided to give it another go last week and I was impressed. Jim Gordon gets shot and it is up to the Bat family to track down the killer. It sounds like a simple story but things are not as they seem and the story has a lot of political machinations. It is a well thought out and structured story. Unfortunetly the art work won't blow your mind. But if you are looking for a story about Batman & co. This is it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A crossover that doesn't work 29 Mar 2008
By Jon Repesh - Published on Amazon.com
Unlike some people, I have no problem with crossovers per se. With the right talent, a work of epic length, scope, and quality can be produced in a relatively short period of time, which would not have been possible with the use of just one creative team. On the surface, the melding of a large group of writers and artists sounds like a recipe for failure, hence the saying "Too many cooks..." Certainly there are inherent problems that need to be overcome, but when this is accomplished, the final result can be quite impressive. One major obstacle that confronts the writers is the overall editorial direction of the project, which requires cohesion of thought and may not allow them the freedom to stretch their creative wings and produce their best work. In this particular case throw in a hodgepodge of different artists, whose output ranges from acceptable to downright awful, and we get a story that quickly collapses under the strain. The cast of characters, many with larger parts than warranted due to the inexplicable reduction of Batman's role, are not shown in the best of light, and some, even unfortunately what little we see of the main man himself, are flat out unlikable. The whodunit aspect is also a letdown and poorly presented, with the big reveal of the culprit appearing much too early, eliminating any possible suspense and rendering the last third or so of the story into a disappointing anticlimax. It's at this point that you realize this falls more under the heading of a Gotham Central banner than a Batman tale. Blame this one on poor execution, not the format.
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