Monday, January 25, 2016

Comic Book Review: Gotham By Midnight #8

Gotham By Midnight #8, DC Comics, cover-dated October 2015.

“The Jungle,” by Ray Fawkes, with art by Juan Ferreyra. Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.
Have you ever noticed how so many people who watch the news on TV become so angry? In this story, EVERYONE watching the news attacks each other at the same time, creating riots and fights across Gotham City. The news anchors sold their souls for fame and influence, and the consequences of that deal are manifesting, both in the news studio, and in the broadcast itself.
Detective Drake is injured in the midst of the riot. She  has tried to deal with the situation itself, warning Corrigan away. “The Spectre comes out here, we’re looking at a lot of bodies.”
Corrigan and Dr. Tarr head to the television studio, Corrigan admits he doesn’t know if the Spectre will come out, and Tarr has mixed emotions about this prospect.
“It’s a heady thing, to know I might be judged, that God’s agent might turn his gaze upon me … if that you claim is true.”
I like that Tarr doesn’t necessarily share Corrigan’s interpretation of the Spectre. His skeptical scientific mind is always at work. But he knows that SOMETHING might happen, and locks Corrigan out of the studio to handle the situation himself.
Similar to the annual and issue #7, the main story of this issue is a one-and-done. That is a nice change-of-pace, both for this title in particular, but also for modern comics in general. The story is wrapped up in this issue, although character arcs progress and subplots continue.
In the main subplot, the investigation into the 13th Precinct continues. Agent Casimiro sums up her thoughts on this subplot. “This is Gotham City, sergeant … and the Midnight Shift are killers.” The issue ends with Corrigan being brought in by Internal Affairs for questioning.

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