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Gotham Central, Vol. 1: In the Line of Duty - Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Michael Lark Goodreader Jace's review kind of nails it for me. A great premise: a noirish procedural focused on the many Rosencrantzes and Guildensterns of Gotham's police force. What's it mean to fight crime when your city is plagued by loony supervillains and an equally loony and limelight-hogging superhero? What's the Job, in such a setting?

Alas, as Jace notes, it's more Law and Order than The Wire or Homicide. I hate the Law and Order shows. All forty-seven of them. As in what I've seen of those, the characters here are well-defined yet too damned familiar; the plots are ... well, okay, but butterknives, good for slathering on cheese spread, not so cutting, rarely sharp.

But a helluva premise.