Gotham By Midnight #5, DC Comics, cover-dated May 2015.
“Judgment on Gotham,” by Ray Fawkes, with art by Ben Templesmith. Cover by
So it’s a Spirit of Vengrance versus Spirit of Vengeance showdown for the
right to judge a city. And since the city in question is Gotham City, Batman
makes an appearance. In this story, Ray Fawkes moves from the tension of the “slow
burn” he has built up for four issues to the intensity of a potential all-out
city-smashing fight. A case could have been made that in the prior issues, not
a lot “happened.”
All of the members of the Midnight Shift go work to protect the city, each
in their own way. Including one team member pulling a gun on the comatose Corrigan.
Maybe if the host dies, the Spectre stops? The team recognizes that a sacrifice
of some sort must be made, that someone is going to die.
And Sister Justine does what she does best.
“Please, Lord. If I am a pure soul, as Corrigan says … please spare this
city.” She stands in the gap, interceding for the city, asking the Lord to take
her instead of the people of Gotham.
Corrigan awakens, believing that they are safe. For a while. But there was a
cost. The team suffered a loss. Someone had to die.
God answered Sister Justine’s prayer.