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4LN Comic Review: Gotham By Midnight #1

Series: Gotham by Midnight
Writer: Ray Fawkes
Art: Ben Templesmith
Publisher: DC Comics

Summary from Comixology: “Strange doings are afoot in Gotham City, but Jim Corrigan and his fellow members of the GCPD late-shift are on the case, no matter how mysterious or magical it may be.”

Gotham by Midnight (2014-) #1

Overview –
Gotham by Midnight is essentially X-Files meets DC Comics. Its the story of the Gotham Police Department’s “Detailed Case Task Force”, that takes on the cases that no one else can solve due to their… unusual… nature. The cases are supernatural, to be exact, and each member of the “task force” brings a special talent to the table in order to get the job done.

I’m not ultra-familiar with Ray Fawkes’ work. I’ve only recently been adding more DC books to my pullbox list and none of his made the cut. Last week I read the first issue of his new Image series Intersect, and… well… it’s not for me. Some of you may have loved it, and that’s cool, but it didn’t make any sense to me, and I usually like bizarre comic books .

4LN writer Bill Clark is much more familiar with Fawkes’ work so I asked him for a quote…

“Very hit, more miss. Even his hits aren’t that great.”

Ben Templesmith I’m much more familiar with. His work on 30 Days of Night is just absolutely classic. He has this abstract-minimalist style to his work that somehow never makes you feel like you’re missing anything and is creepy as balls.

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Highs –
One thing I appreciate about this first issue is that Fawkes doesn’t write the same character twice. Everyone is unique and their differences are obvious. Often in comics you’ll have a series based around a team and you’ll inevitably have 2, or maybe even 3, characters that are damn near the same person. That’s not the case here. Fawkes gives everyone their own personality specific to them.

My favorite character, and the main star of the series, is Jim Corrigan. He’s not “The Spectre” here (not yet at least) but there’s talk of it, so… maybe one day?

Templesmith seems right at home here. The theme of the series is right up his ally, and he nails his execution. Everything is detailed just the right amount and the colors are a solid balance between very light and deep dark.

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Lows –
I can’t say there was anything I would define as a “low” point in this issue, but it is kind of a slow story. I don’t really have a problem with storytelling that takes it’s time, but I think some people will be a little put-off by it so I figured I’d at least address it. Don’t expect a ton of action and adventure here. This is a crawling story. I feel like it will pay off, but you’re probably gonna have to be VERY patient.

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The Final Say –
This is a solid first issue. It’s not gonna change your life or blow your mind, but it’s got some strong characters and it appears to be moving in a nice scary direction. I’m giving it a 3 out of 5 stars. If your new comics stack this week is thin, I’d recommend grabbing this and giving it a try.

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Stephen Andrew

Stephen has spent most of his life reading comics, watching horror movies, listening to death metal music, and speaking in the third person. His favorite comic book character is The Punisher, and he believes that the Punisher: War Zone movie is criminally underrated. His favorite film of all-time is National Lampoon's Vacation, and his favorite album is Pantera's "The Great Southern Trendkill".

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