At this point, it's difficult to imagine that you, the discerning ComicsAlliance reader, do not already own Gotham Central in at least one format, but I imagine there are some folks out there who have just been waiting to get the whole series in one go. If that sounds like you --- or if you're just looking to pick up one of the greatest DC Comics ever printed in a third or fourth format --- then we have good news: The solicitations for DC's upcoming paperback and hardcover releases have revealed that it's planning a massive Gotham Central Omnibus for release next May.

The hardcover is set to collect the entire 40-issue series from Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark, which would put it at over 800 pages for a cover price of $99.99 --- which, when you get right down to it, is a pretty fair price to get some of the best Batman stories of the 21st century in a book large enough to be accurately described as a tome.

 

 

While virtually every issue of the series is great, the highlights are unquestionably Half a Life, the story where Renee Montoya was outed as a lesbian, with consequences that included her girlfriend becoming a target and an encounter with Two-Face; Daydreams and Believers, a single-issue story about the GCPD employee tasked with turning on the Bat-Signal; and Soft Targets, arguably the best Joker story of all time. But really, that's the tip of the iceberg.

Here's the solicitation:

 

Gotham Central Omnibus
Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka
On Sale Date: May 10, 2016
$99.99 USD, $112.00 CAD
Hardcover
Gotham City: a town teeming with corrupt cops, ruthless crime lords, petty thieves… and just a small handful that would oppose them. Grizzled veteran Harvey Bullock, Captain Maggie Sawyer, Detective Renee Montoya and the GCPD are the law force that stands between order and complete anarchy. Gotham’s Finest work around the clock to not only keep the world’s most psychotic criminals off the street…but also cleaning up the mess left behind by Batman’s one-man war on crime.
Written by critically acclaimed authors Ed Brubaker (Captain America) and Greg Rucka (52, Detective Comics), this Eisner Award-winning series follows the detectives of Gotham City’s Special Crimes Unit as they navigate against the city’s greatest villains—in the shadow of Batman himself. This Eisner Award-winning series is now available in its entirety in this Omnibus edition. Collects issues #1-40.