DC announced today an upcoming six issue mini-series “Gotham City: Year One,” written by Tom King and drawn by Phil Hester. It will take place “two generation” before Batman, and will revolve around private investigator Slam Bradly on a case to find and save the kidnapped baby Helen Wayne.
From Tom King: “In Gotham City: Year One, Phil and I will take you to a noir-drenched past, where the secrets that made Gotham become Gotham, the sins that made Batman become Batman are finally and violently revealed.”
King and Hester, along with Eric Gapstur, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles, launch Gotham City: Year One on October 4. Taking place two generations before Batman, private investigator Slam Bradley gets tangled in the headline-grabbing “kidnapping of the century” as the infant Wayne heir Helen disappears in the night…and so begins a brutal, hard-boiled, epic tale of a man living on the edge and a city about to burn.
Slam Bradley may be getting a call from Perry Mason…
Because episode one, and the entire storyline for the first season…
Series premiere. Los Angeles, 1931. Perry Mason - a PI struggling to make ends meet - and his right-hand man Pete Strickland are hired by attorney E.B. Jonathan, Perry’s mentor, to solve a perplexing case: the brutal kidnapping of one-year-old Charlie Dodson, whose parents Matthew and Emily were targeted for a $100,000 ransom.
I suggest Slam Bradley get good legal council.
No, it’s cool.
You can’t go wrong with an infant kidnapping story. Those always work.
And yes, they still should make GOTHAM CITY: YEAR ONE into an HBO Max series. I’d still watch it.
I liked it with Perry Mason set in L.A., and I’m pretty sure I’d love it with Slam Bradley set in Gotham City.
Oh, and of course, in the comic they should probably make sure that Slam Bradley steers clear of Gotham City’s Chinatown.