Saturday, October 31, 2015

Comic Book Review: Gotham By Midnight #6

Gotham By Midnight #6, DC Comics, cover-dated June 2015.

“Return on Investment,” by Ray Fawkes, with art by Juan Ferreyra. Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.

A funeral. In the rain. What a way to start an issue. But Sister Justine is dead, and the team is feeling her loss.
Now that the team has seen the Spectre in action, they have some questions. And Corrigan’s answers don’t satisfy.

“The Spectre is what he says he is, Okay? Divine judgment. Destroyer of sinners. Remember the story of Sodom and Gomorrah? That was almost Gotham City last Friday.”

We also learn the specifics of Detective Lisa Drake’s power. She has faerie blood, and is a harbinger of death. “You probably got swapped out as a baby.” Drake is shaken by this news, and asks Corrigan how he knows it.

“Friends in high places.”

Before they head off on to the case for the issue (a corporate ghost story), Dr. Tarr enters the church and has a few things to say to the crucifix, complaining that “it was Your name on the lips” of the founders of Gotham, on the Spectre when he was threatening to destroy the city, and on Sister Justine’s lips as she gave her life to save the city.

And we learn that Sergeant Rook is indeed working against our team. This should not have been a surprise, as this is what he was sent to do. But any hope that he had come over to their side is lost as this issue ends. As bad as things were at the start of this issue, they seem to be getting even worse as the issue ends.

This issue is the first to feature Ferreyra on art, and this change of style is noticeable. His art is still moody, and has a similar feel to Ben Templesmith, but is much less eccentric. He follows the template of what was done before, but brings a slightly more mainstream look to his work.

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