GOTHAM CENTRAL #7

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“Half a Life” continues, a story by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark about a good cop (Renee Montoya) being blackmailed by some bad dudes who have photos of her kissing her girlfriend. In this scene, Renee and her brother talk about the effect of coming out of the closet on her relationship with her parents—who don’t speak English. I can’t think of any superhero comic—or even many non-superhero books—that dealt with issues like this, particularly in such an intimate, detailed way. Maybe the reason Gotham Central was never a huge seller is because many superhero readers just don’t want to hear about real people and realistic problems, I don’t know, but reading this comic is like reading The Wire taking place in Gotham City.

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