History Comicbook / GothamCentral

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** Huntress appears in a single issue (plus the closing page of the previous issue) to discuss Sergeant Vincent Del Arrazio's family connection to TheMafia.

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** Huntress ComicBook/{{Huntress}} appears in a single issue (plus the closing page of the previous issue) to discuss Sergeant Vincent Del Arrazio's family connection to TheMafia.
24th Mar '16 12:36:50 PM moloch
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Four hardcover collections have also been published. These editions collect all published issues of ''Gotham Central'', including the issues absent from the trade volumes, but lack the connected stories from independent comics. The series was then republshed in glossy-paper trade format, in a form identical to the hardcover.

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Four hardcover collections have also been published. These editions collect all published issues of ''Gotham Central'', including the issues absent from the trade volumes, but lack the connected stories from independent comics. The series was then republshed republished in glossy-paper trade format, in a form identical to the hardcover.
24th Mar '16 12:36:21 PM moloch
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Four hardcover collections have also been published. These editions collect all published issues of ''Gotham Central'', including the issues absent from the trade volumes, but lack the connected stories from independent comics:

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Four hardcover collections have also been published. These editions collect all published issues of ''Gotham Central'', including the issues absent from the trade volumes, but lack the connected stories from independent comics:comics. The series was then republshed in glossy-paper trade format, in a form identical to the hardcover.



The series was then republshed in glossy-paper trade format, in a form identical to the hardcover.
* ''Book 1: In the Line of Duty''
* ''Book 2: Jokers and Madmen''
* ''Book 3: On the Freak Beat''
* ''Book 4: Corrigan''
18th Jan '16 6:07:26 PM caivu
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* CurbStompCushion: [[spoiler:Corrigan]], during his fistfight with Renee, staggers her with a backhand and shoves her into a dumpster. They're the only blows he lands and he gets his ass kicked soon after.
17th Jan '16 10:36:27 AM JBK405
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* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Averted by Maloney's Bar and Girl, where Renee was photographed meeting Daria. It appears to just be a normal dining establishment, and its regular appearance helped obscure TheReveal until the end of the issue.
16th Jan '16 11:54:32 AM JBK405
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* ActionGirl: They might not be costumed avengers themselves, but there are a good number of women in the Major Crimes Unit, and none are afraid of getting their hands dirty (and bloody) if they have to. In addition to regular police work, one storyline ends with [[spoiler:Renee Montoya]] in a bare-knuckle fight behind a bar in an attempt to exonerate her partner.

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* AccidentalMisnaming: For most of the "Half a Life" arc, Crispus Allen calls Josie Mac "Mackenzie" instead of "[=MacDonald=]".
* ActionGirl: They might not be costumed avengers themselves, but there are a good number of women A general requirement for female cops in Gotham.
** Romy Chandler helps take down Firebug
in the Major Crimes Unit, and none are afraid of getting their hands dirty (and bloody) if they have to. In addition to regular police work, second arc.
** Renee Montoya resolves
one storyline ends with [[spoiler:Renee Montoya]] arc by engaging in a bare-knuckle fight behind boxing match in a bar in an attempt to exonerate her partner.back alley.



* AllMenArePerverts: It was minor, and primarily humorous, but when [[Comicbook/TeenTitans Starfire]] arrived in GCPD headquarters there is a BeatPanel composed of all the men, ''all'' of them, staring at her with jaws agape. Detective Romy Chandler notices this and responds simply with a disgusted "[[TheUnfairSex Men]]". The potential DoubleStandard is punctured, however, when Detective Joely Bartlett points out to Chandler in amusement that Montoya and Captain Sawyer -- the two gay women on the unit -- are gazing at Starfire with ''the exact same facial expressions''.

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* AllMenArePerverts: It was minor, and primarily humorous, but when [[Comicbook/TeenTitans Starfire]] arrived in GCPD headquarters there is a BeatPanel composed of all the men, ''all'' men (''All'' of them, them), staring at her with jaws agape. Detective Romy Chandler notices this and responds simply with a disgusted "[[TheUnfairSex Men]]". The potential DoubleStandard is punctured, however, when Detective Joely Bartlett points out to Chandler in amusement that Montoya and Captain Sawyer -- the two gay women on the unit -- are gazing at Starfire with ''the exact same facial expressions''.



* AssKickingPose: Somehow, Detective Chandler manages to make holding a fire extinguisher look '''''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]].'''''
* BadassNormal: All the main characters. When you have to chase down villains that give Franchise/{{Batman}} a run for his money, you have to be this.

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* AssKickingPose: Somehow, Detective AssKickingPose: When Firebug attempts to burn his way out of an interrogation room, Romy Chandler manages to make holding was waiting for the attempt and douses him with a fire extinguisher. The next panel is her standing there, extinguisher look '''''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]].'''''
in hand, ready.
* BadassNormal: All [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. The members of the main characters. When you have to chase down villains that give Franchise/{{Batman}} a run for his money, you have to be this.MCU are skilled, well-trained and armed, but real-world police tactics are little good against the superscience employed by many of Batman's enemies. The GCPD can often succeed in their investigations when pressed, but they suffer significant casualties in the process.



* BatSignal: Deconstructed[[note]]though they still never get around to explaining what they do if there aren't clouds[[/note]]. The series delves into the legality and operation of the signal, and what it implies for the relationship between Batman and the police. Legally, no employee of City Hall or the police can operate the signal, since that would qualify as an official endorsement of Batman and make the city government responsible for whatever actions Batman takes. As such, only Stacy, the secretary of the MCU who is technically a temp and not a city employee at all, is allowed to turn on the signal[[note]]Of course, Blog/LawAndTheMultiverse has [[http://lawandthemultiverse.com/2011/11/28/gotham-central-in-the-line-of-duty/ since debunked this explanation]], so back to square one[[/note]]. The signal itself is eventually ''dismantled'' following the events of the "War Games" crossover (see BatFamilyCrossover above) when the GCPD feels that Batman has broken the bonds of good faith between them.

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* BatSignal: Deconstructed[[note]]though they still never get around to explaining what they do if there aren't are no clouds[[/note]]. The series delves into the legality and operation of the signal, and what it implies for the relationship between Batman and the police. Legally, no employee of City Hall or the police can operate the signal, since that would qualify as an official endorsement of Batman and make the city government responsible for whatever actions Batman takes. As such, only Stacy, the secretary of the MCU who is technically a temp and not a city employee at all, is allowed to turn on the signal[[note]]Of course, Blog/LawAndTheMultiverse has [[http://lawandthemultiverse.com/2011/11/28/gotham-central-in-the-line-of-duty/ since debunked this explanation]], so back to square one[[/note]]. The signal itself is eventually ''dismantled'' following the events of the "War Games" crossover (see BatFamilyCrossover above) when the GCPD feels that Batman has broken the bonds of good faith between them.



* BeatPanel

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* BeatPanelBeatPanel: Beat panels are frequently included to break up a scene as the detectives [[EurekaMoment make a connection]] or [[OhCrap realize the situation]].



* BondageIsBad: Despite the detective's shocked reaction, the comic does not portray Reverend Buford Pressman's bondage hobby as bad ''per se'', but rather as an indication of his hypocrisy given [[TheFundamentalist his beliefs]] [[HeteronormativeCrusader and actions]].
* BulletproofVest: Both instances of somebody being shot while wearing a bulletproof vest are accurate depictions of modern day armor.

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* BondageIsBad: Despite the detective's detectives' shocked reaction, the comic does not portray Reverend Buford Pressman's bondage hobby as bad ''per se'', but rather as an indication of his hypocrisy given [[TheFundamentalist his beliefs]] [[HeteronormativeCrusader and actions]].
* BulletproofVest: Both instances of somebody being shot while wearing a bulletproof vest [[ShownTheirWork are accurate depictions of modern day armor.]]



** [[TheFlash Chyre and Morillo]] escort Montoya and Allen around Central City. They also briefly namedrop Barry Allen and Wally West.

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** [[TheFlash [[Comicbook/TheFlash Chyre and Morillo]] escort Montoya and Allen around Central City. [[ShoutOut They also briefly namedrop Barry Allen and Wally West.]]



* ClusterFBomb:

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* ClusterFBomb:ClusterFBomb: Captain Maggie Sawyer is generally a cool person in authority, but she lets loose the biggest when she finally lets go.



* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:When Crispus Allen is murdered and his killer walks on the crime, Renee Montoya quits the force, descends into alcoholism and drives her girlfriend away. She had, until the events of ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', lost all faith in herself, the police force and society at large.]]
* DetectiveDrama

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* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:When In the final arc of the series, [[spoiler:when Crispus Allen is murdered and his killer walks on the crime, Renee Montoya quits the force, descends into alcoholism and drives her girlfriend away. She had, until the events of ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', lost all faith in herself, the police force and society at large.]]
* DetectiveDramaDetectiveDrama: Though supervillains are a recurring element, the main storylines revolve around the mundane affair of normal human detectives investigating crime.



* TheDogBitesBack: "Nature" opens with Officers [[DirtyCOp Munroe and Decarlo]] beating up Trigger, a corner drug dealer, when he is late with their regular cut. At the end of the issue, Trigger confirms who they are to Poison Ivy before she kills them.

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* TheDogBitesBack: "Nature" opens with Officers [[DirtyCOp [[DirtyCop Munroe and Decarlo]] beating up Trigger, a corner drug dealer, when he is late with their regular cut. At the end of the issue, Trigger confirms who they are to Poison Ivy before she kills them.



* {{Expy}}: Dr. Alchemy for Hannibal Lecter. And Simon Lippman is not too dissimilar to [[CreatorCameo Greg Rucka]].

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* {{Expy}}: {{Expy}}:
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Dr. Alchemy for Hannibal Lecter. And Lecter.
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Simon Lippman is not too dissimilar to [[CreatorCameo Greg Rucka]].



* ForcedOutOfTheCloset: [[spoiler:Renee Montoya]] of Gotham Central was outed by Two-Face, and it had a catastrophic effect on her professional and personal lives.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: After her introduction, Josie Mac frequently [[HyperAwareness notices minute details and clues that nobody else recognizes]], even stumbling across some information by seemingly random chance. She waves it all off by crediting her "gut" and luck. [[spoiler: Later issues reveal that she has a superpower which allows her to "hear" inanimate objects]]. Of course, readers of the ''Josie Mac'' backup strip in ''Detective Comics'' a couple of years earlier already knew this.
* ForTheEvulz: Dr. Alchemy is a racist, sexist, homophobic madman with delusions of grandeur who turns a police man into a rampaging psychotic monster just ForScience. However, there is the implication that he does not really believe any of the hateful rhetoric he says, instead saying it all ''just to mess with people.''

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* ForcedOutOfTheCloset: [[spoiler:Renee Montoya]] of Gotham Central was outed by Two-Face, and it had a catastrophic effect on her professional and personal lives.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Harlan Combs is frequently seen fiddling with his watch in almost all scenes that he appears in. Sometimes he is actively checking the time, while other times he seems to just be obsessively playing with it. [[spoiler:When he is exposed as the villain Firebug, it is revealed that his watch is part of his flamethrower apparatus]].
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After her introduction, Josie Mac frequently [[HyperAwareness notices minute details and clues that nobody else recognizes]], even stumbling across some information by seemingly random chance. She waves it all off by crediting her "gut" and luck. [[spoiler: Later issues reveal that she has a superpower which allows her to "hear" inanimate objects]]. Of course, readers of the ''Josie Mac'' backup strip in ''Detective Comics'' a couple of years earlier already knew this.
* ForTheEvulz: Dr. Alchemy is a racist, sexist, homophobic madman with delusions of grandeur who turns a police man into a rampaging psychotic monster just ForScience. However, there is the implication that he does not really believe any of the hateful rhetoric he says, instead saying it all ''just to mess with people.''
this.



* TheFundamentalist:
--> '''Josie Mac:''' Meet the late Reverand Buford Pressman.\\

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* TheFundamentalist:
TheFundamentalist: Reverend Buford Pressman.
--> '''Josie Mac:''' Meet the late Reverand Reverend Buford Pressman.\\



* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: In the beginning of the ''Half a Life'' arc, almost a full issue before the {{reveal}}, Brian Selker (PrivateDetective) is following Renee Montoya to a restaurant called "Maloney's," taking intrusive pictures for a lawsuit that is about to be leveled against her. Being a long-distance shot in a comic book, with hand-drawn lettering instead of typed, there is not a lot of detail to be made out about the restaurant, and the name almost seems to be drawn as an afterthought: Maloney's Bar & ''Girl''. It is not a typo, it is a ''[[GayBarReveal revelation]]'', and if you missed it you need to wait until the end of the issue to get the full story.

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* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: MeaningfulBackgroundEvent:
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In the beginning of the ''Half a Life'' arc, almost a full issue before the {{reveal}}, Brian Selker (PrivateDetective) is following Renee Montoya to a restaurant called "Maloney's," taking intrusive pictures for a lawsuit that is about to be leveled against her. Being a long-distance shot in a comic book, with hand-drawn lettering instead of typed, there is not a lot of detail to be made out about the restaurant, and the name almost seems to be drawn as an afterthought: Maloney's Bar & ''Girl''. It is not a typo, it is a ''[[GayBarReveal revelation]]'', Girl]]''.
** After [[spoiler:Two-Face has Renee broken out of GCPD holding]] Crispus
and if you missed it you need to wait until Josie Mac arrive on the end crime scene. While Crispus argues with the detectives on-site, Josie Mac is shown in panel backgrounds approaching a postal box on the side of the issue to get the full story.road. Only after Crispus finishes his argument does he notice what Josie is looking at and follow up.



** Dr. Alchemy, a ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' villain who appears in one arc, hurls sexist, racist, and homophobic remarks at almost every character he meets.

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** Dr. Alchemy, a ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' villain who appears in one arc, hurls sexist, racist, and homophobic remarks at almost every character he meets. There is even the implication that he does not really believe any of the hateful rhetoric he says, instead saying it all ''just to mess with people.''
15th Jan '16 1:41:57 PM JBK405
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* WorkingTheSameCase: Right off the bat, one detective team is following the supervillain [[PyroManiac Firebug]] and another is investigating the murder of a teenage babysitter. It turns out the new Firebug had murdered the girl, who was his son's babysitter and who had found his costume and weapons while snooping through his closet one night.

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* WorkingTheSameCase: Right off WorkingTheSameCase:
** In
the bat, second arc, one detective team is following the supervillain [[PyroManiac Firebug]] and another is investigating the murder of a teenage babysitter. It babysitter. [[spoiler:It turns out the new Firebug had murdered the girl, who was his son's babysitter and who had found his costume and weapons while snooping through his closet one night.]]
** Marcus Driver explains that he was transferred to the MCU after he and Charlie Fields wound up working the same case. Charlie had already been in the MCU and Driver had been assigned to Robbery, and Charlie recommended to Commissioner Gordon that Driver be transferred after they worked together to clear that case.
12th Jan '16 1:37:11 AM caivu
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* KarmaHoudini: He might end up crying and begging on the floor of his kitchen, but apart from the personal shame [[spoiler: Corrigan]] gets off Scot-free from his multiple thefts and murders as a corrupt cop. [[spoiler: Of course, once the series is over he does receive his comuppance [[FullyAbsorbedFinale in a later comic.]]]]

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
**
He might end up crying and begging on the floor of his kitchen, but apart from the personal shame [[spoiler: Corrigan]] gets off Scot-free from his multiple thefts and murders as a corrupt cop. [[spoiler: Of course, once the series is over he does receive his comuppance [[FullyAbsorbedFinale in a later comic.]]]]]]]]
*** Downplayed with his accomplice [[spoiler: Officer Mulcahey]], who at least gets a severe and satisfying beating.
10th Dec '15 6:06:22 PM nombretomado
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* UrbanLegend: The series continues the plot point introduced in the 1994 event ''ZeroHour'', which established that Batman had never gone public as a vigilante and was regarded as an urban legend by the populace at large. This influenced how the police department could legally interact with him (see BatSignal above), as well what happened when his existence was confirmed in the ''War Games'' crossover (see BatFamilyCrossover above).

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* UrbanLegend: The series continues the plot point introduced in the 1994 event ''ZeroHour'', ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'', which established that Batman had never gone public as a vigilante and was regarded as an urban legend by the populace at large. This influenced how the police department could legally interact with him (see BatSignal above), as well what happened when his existence was confirmed in the ''War Games'' crossover (see BatFamilyCrossover above).
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* BadCopIncompetentCop: While the members of the MCU are honest and skilled, the Gotham City Police Department as a whole is listed by the FBI as the second most corrupt police force in the country ([[ShoutOut following only Hub City]], home of TheQuestion). The personnel of the Major Crimes Unit are personally selected from the force at large by the Commissioner of Police in order to ensure a modicum of integrity and talent. This leads to frequent clashes between main characters in the MCU and guest figures from other departments, who disagree (sometimes violently) over what constitutes "proper" police work.

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* BadCopIncompetentCop: While the members of the MCU are honest and skilled, the Gotham City Police Department as a whole is listed by the FBI as the second most corrupt police force in the country ([[ShoutOut following only Hub City]], home of TheQuestion).ComicBook/TheQuestion). The personnel of the Major Crimes Unit are personally selected from the force at large by the Commissioner of Police in order to ensure a modicum of integrity and talent. This leads to frequent clashes between main characters in the MCU and guest figures from other departments, who disagree (sometimes violently) over what constitutes "proper" police work.
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