Art By: Juan Ferreyra, Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015
Good Cop, Bad Cop, Dead Cop
Back at the GCPD, interrogations have stalled since neither Jim Corrigan or Lisa Drake seem to want to cooperate. It's just too bad that Lisa wasn't able to continue her silence. Again, a little history lesson for you folks, Lisa has a strange power that shows itself at the worst of times....... to make it simple, when she gives out an uncontrollable scream, someone dies. It's just that simple and wouldn't you know it, it seems that the scream wants to come out right when two cops are berating one of the most powerful and uncontrollable men in the Universe.
The ending to this book is one of the best things that I've seen in awhile...... and man does it bring the "wow" factor to this book up to a whole other level that I didn't think could happen from what we've seen so far from this series. After bringing up case after case that Corrigan worked on, where the suspect was eventually found dead in a pretty brutal fashion, they go and use the word Spectre....... idiots. They accuse Jim of all these murders and chalk The Spectre up as a psychotic persona that Jim simply puts on when he goes balls to the wall with his hidden meta powers. Jim tries to tell them that they don't know what they're talking about and that no one controls The Spectre........ and man am I explaining the hell out of this, but goddamn does it get me excited as hell. So with all that out in the air about Spectre doing what he does because of god and all that, The Spectre comes out of Corrigan's mouth and blows the two cops completely up. As we're blown away at what just happened, the issue closes with the Spectre telling Corrigan that he just did that because Corrigan wanted him to........ it's never been about god and apparently, it's always been about Corrigan himself and what he wants The Spectre to do............which is crazy! That's a hell of a game changer right there..
That's it for this issue of Gotham By Midnight and when Juan Ferreyra originally told me that this issue would blow me away in a huge way....... well,..... he works on the book and I just figured that he was just proud of the work he does.......... I'll never question that man about another thing that he says for the rest of my life because he was spot on and this issue was just amazing. Throughout the book we jump around between Jim Corrigan and Lisa Drake's interrogation and Dr. Tarr's epiphany about what the black flowers mean and while a break up like this might feel like it halts the progression of each story and even interferes with the tension that the book is building, the pacing in this book is unbelievable and it has you biting your nails throughout as it leads to it's ending that you not only hope for, but realize that it goes above and beyond anything that you ever dreamed. Yeah, that's some real stroking right there, but besides for a few pieces of dialog that felt off to me, everything in this book was great........... it's just too bad that it has to come on the heels of the announcement that the book was cancelled. Ray Fawkes and Juan Ferryeria keep upping the ante in each issue and it's a shame that we don't have more time to explore what they can do more thoroughly.
Bits and Pieces:
There's been some slow goings in this series ever since the first story arc concluded, but with each monster of the week issue that we got, it seemed that Ray Fawkes was building towards something or simply trying to find this title's footing and if you've waited around to see it.......... well, you're lucky as hell because goddamn does this issue blow your socks off. I loved the hell out of this book and everyone should get on the Gotham By Midnight trolley while you still can because it's just jumped a level in it's excitement factor.