Streets of Gotham: A Very Short Review

The “death” of Batman (he’s getting better!) kicked off a number of new Bat titles.  Of them one of the best is surely Streets of Gotham.  You simply cannot go wrong with Paul Dini on scripts and Dustin Nguyen on art.  It’s smart, sexy, and good looking. 

This issue features a relatively new villain, Duffy the Carpenter.  Originally she was part of the Wonderland gang, along with the Mad Hatter and the Walrus, but as she says it’s tiring doing cosplay with psychotics.  The nice thing about the construction trade is that people always need you.  There is a perpetual demand in villain circles for upgrades on death traps, improved hideout armoring, and ongoing maintenance on the piranha and shark tanks.  You don’t actually have to be a criminal — you just have to serve and supply them.

Dini is without peer at this — telling the story from the point of view of the antagonist.  Batman appears as a figure of terror and general spoilsport, messing up good building projects or interfering with interesting scams.  But when Duffy gets into really deep trouble, we are rooting for the Bat to come and pull her out.  Highly recommended, and this is a great jumping-on point if you haven’t been buying this title so far.

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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