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Gotham Central: Soft Targets (DC Comics, 2003; #11-15)

  • After a sniper shoots the mayor and a school superintendent, Gotham City goes into a panic.
  • With the news lambasting their performance and no clear theory about what connects the two victims, the GCPD scrambles to find any lead they can to take this madman down before Christmas.
  • Unfortunately for them, their lead points toward a certain Clown Prince of Crime.
  • Brubaker and Rucka continue to drive their narrative with a strong focus on the personal and professional demands that the GCPD officers face: it’s a procedural police drama, not a superhero book.
  • Hurtt, Lark, Gaudiano, and Laughridge’s shadowy, noir art is a perfect fit for Gotham Central.

Collected in

  • Gotham Central, Vol. 3: Unresolved Targets (#12-15, 19-22)
  • Gotham Central, Book Two: Jokers and Madmen (#11-22)
  • Gotham Central Omnibus (#1-40)


Writers: Ed Brubaker (11-15), Greg Rucka (10-15) | Artists: Brian Hurtt (11), Michael Lark (12-15), Stefano Gaudiano (13-15) | Colorist: Lee Loughridge | Letterer: Willie Schubert (11), Clem Robins (12-15)

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