Review: Batman Gates of Gotham #1

Published on May 24th, 2011


If there is one thing that I absolutely love it’s a historical mystery. If there is one person who really knows how to make comics out of them, it’s Scott Snyder. Batman: Gates of Gotham brings a bunch of elements that we know and love about Batman and makes history out of them. Weird. I feel like that might be what Return of Bruce Wayne attempted to do, but failed. This book does it better. I love seeing how Gotham came together as a city, and I’m even more interested in knowing about the Four Families of Gotham. Really, I knew this was going to be awesome. Mr. Snyder is a genius at period pieces and tying them into the present time, so I can only imagine how awesome this is going to be as it goes on for its five issue story.

The book opens with a brief flashback so that we can fully understand the patronage behind the bridges that surround Gotham City, specifically the New Trigate Bridge. I really love seeing how influential the Wayne family has always been in Gotham. I’m having a lot of fun with the different times and seeing how the city has grown over the years. Yes! I understand that this is a fictional city. However, how is it not fun to learn about a place that I’ve loved my whole life? That and I am a history nerd. Plus, I enjoy people who create rich environments for well rounded stories – like Mr. Snyder!

Speaking of people who tell a good Batman story, this book seems to be highly influenced by the Christopher Nolan movies. The part of the book set in the present has the gritty, real world feel that Nolan did so well in his films. I very much enjoyed seeing Red Robin (Tim Drake) taking a big part in solving the mystery. I’ve always liked him better than Dick Grayson, who I have to admit did not annoy me in this book. Oh! Also, (and there’s a spoiler here) how awesome was it for me to see Cassandra Cain pop by to help with the mystery? I love her! Really, there was nothing in this book that turned me off to it. I hope it does good things for everyone involved, because it’s a whole bunch of talent on top of more talent.

I am impressed. Definitely more impressed than I thought I would be. I mean, I did have a certain level of confidence based on the Snyder element, but I didn’t expect to be blown away the way that I was. Pick up this book! It was definitely worth the read, and a fun quench of thirst for the faux history buff in me.

Susan Damon