Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Comic Book Review: Gotham By Midnight #9

Gotham By Midnight #9, DC Comics, cover-dated November 2015.

“The Truth,” by Ray Fawkes, with art by Juan Ferreyra. Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.
Internal Affairs drags in the members of The Midnight Shift for interrogation and gathers evidence from their station house. They have been in trouble before, fighting demons and ghosts. But this may just be the enemy that can actually destroy the team.
Detectives Jim Corrigan and Lisa Drake are questioned separately and both remain stubborn. Neither will turn on the other. At the same time, Dr. Tarr has made a critical discovery about the black flowers that have been a constant throughout the issues. He believes they are a language, containing certain rules and rhythms that are trying to communicate.
Back in the interview rooms, out heroes start to crack. Corrigan is growing frustrated, and Drake collapses as a response. Her powers tell her what’s coming and she tries to warn her interrogators. “Evacuate. The. Building.”
The case laid out by the IA officers makes sense, from their perspective. And they are not … totally wrong. He tries to explain The Spectre and his relationship to the being, and they respond with questions. Good questions. Like why doesn’t he just go and wipe out Arkham?
Corrigan slumps. “I don’t know. It’s God’s choice. I have no control.”
But IA believes he does control the power, that he is morally and legally responsible for the deaths that come in the Spectre’s wake. And when they threaten him with the possibility of Drake taking the fall for the murders if Corrigan doesn’t, that is the last straw. The Spectre appears in the small room, and seems to agree with the officers that Corrigan is as much in control of his actions as God is. And when the spirit of vengeance departs, Corrigan is left alone, in a room covered in the blood of his eviscerated interrogators.
This is a terrific issue. And we are left with a range of cliffhangers, from the situation that Corrigan is in, to Doctor Tarr’s discovery, to the relationship of the Spectre to Corrigan.
Juan Ferreyra successfully portrays Corrigan as a man becoming more and more rattled throughout the issue, more and more angry. And the looks on his face in the last few pages are remarkable: confusion, horror, doubt, shock. All are there on his face.
And all those emotions were mine as I read this.

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