Wednesday saw the release of DC Comics’ supernatural police procedural series, “Gotham By Midnight” #8. The issue, starring Jim Corrigan and the GCPD’s Midnight Shift, is written by Ray Fawkes (“Batman Eternal”), with art by Juan Ferreyra (“Rex Mundi”) and letters by Saida Temofonte. Bill Sienkiewicz provides the cover.
“Gotham By Midnight” #8 continues the trend of done-in-one stories while advancing the overall subplots. Here, the words of two local news anchors appear to have a mass effect on all those that hear them, regardless of how intently they may be listening. The Internal Affairs investigation into the team is coming to a head, even as prosecutor Kate Spencer begins calling in favors. It is becoming increasingly clear to those involved that someone is targeting the Midnight Shift.
The story of the news anchors is not an overly compelling one, but it serves to accentuate the inherent danger of Drake’s and Corrigan’s respective abilities. Particularly, in the case of Corrigan, where one is, literally, damned if you do and, quite possibly, dead if you don’t. If The Spectre manifests, he will judge all those present, not just whatever demon or ghost is currently causing havoc. However, if Corrigan retreats before The Spectre appears, he leaves the rest of the Midnight Shift to face the havoc causing demon or ghost without their most powerful and knowledgeable member.
This dilemma is the most intriguing aspect of the series and will, likely, continue to weigh on the team as the title progresses, however, the single issue story plots need to begin to match that level of intrigue if the series is to have the long term future it deserves. Much like last month’s “Gotham By Midnight” Annual #1 re-introduced the Gentleman Ghost, the regular issues of this title would benefit from diving into DC’s vast well of established supernatural characters, rather than facing some nameless demon month in and month out. Solomon Grundy, as a foe of the Golden Age Green Lantern, has ties to Gotham City and seems like an ideal threat for the Midnight Shift. Zauriel and Asmodel, as angels, would compliment the biblical nature of The Spectre. These are just a few examples of the established DC supernatural characters that could be utilized in the series.
The art of Juan Ferreyra remains the brightest spot of this series. Take a look at the level of characterization in the crowd scene that opens the issue. Each person has an individual look, from their face to their body shape to the clothes they wear. These characters are only meant to appear in a few panels, yet one can immediately identify personality traits. Difficult panels, like Spencer’s reflection on the glass of a tiger’s cage, are handled masterfully. Ferreyra is one more reason to include more established characters in “Gotham By Midnight,” being able to see his renditions of them! If he is putting that much effort into glorified extras, imagine what Ferreyra could do with God’s winged emissaries.
Forces continue to conspire against the Midnight Shift, as members of the team pose a danger to them as well, in “Gotham By Midnight” #8 from DC Comics. The issue is available now on digital platforms and in comic book stores.