Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Comic Book Review: Gotham By Midnight #7

Gotham By Midnight 7, DC Comics, cover-dated September 2015.

“Nobody Cares,” by Ray Fawkes, with art by Juan Ferreyra. Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.
Precinct Thirteen is in trouble. They’re in trouble with Internal Affairs, as the team has lost their administrative protector. Lt. Weaver admits that “Gordon used to shield us. Didn’t matter how weird we were, or how low are numbers were.” But Kate Spencer, the special investigator, may not be buying it.
And they are all recovering emotionally from the loss of Sister Justine. The team is fraying, as is Detective Jim Corrigan’s sense of self. In the acts of cleaning up her apartment, packing her things, he ponders as he can only do when alone. He is working through things, and we see his private pain.
“I’m not supposed to have any regrets. I’m an agent of Heaven.”
He quotes St. Augustine, and then asks God for mercy. “Please,” he adds.
And then the team gets called in to tackle an eerie situation, because in Gotham City there is always another eerie situation for the team to tackle. People in an apartment building seem to have just given up on life, lying down and dying. Corrigan arrives, identifies the cause as a particular brand of demon, and orders his team to evacuate the building. The Spectre is coming.
And Ferreyra does a great job portraying the eerie power that the makes up the embodiment of the Wrath of God. Corrigan does not fight the transformation this time, and seems to revel in the destruction of this particular form of evil.
And again, Internal Affairs wonders exactly what happened. And Corrigan’s team wonders what will happen to the city if something happens to them.

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