Sunday, January 4, 2015

Gotham By Midnight #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Ben Templesmith
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 24, 2014

So Is The Takeaway Here That Religion Is Awful Or Is That Just Me?

Hey look, it's another Dark title.  Coming into this one a little late boys and girls what with the Holiday season and the year selfishly just ending the way it did but all the books will be reviewed and be put up before the next round of comics come out on Wednesday...........Man I really have to play catch up...........Did I mention that I was sick too?  So in the last issue of Gotham By Midnight we were introduced to the team at Precinct 13 and introduced to the Internal Affairs officer Sergeant Rook, who was sent down to make sure that this Precinct wasn't pulling shenanigans with the city's money........... I'm thinking pinatas and RC Cola........ That's what people misuse money for right?  Wouldn't you know it, some paranormal shit goes down while Rook is shadowing Jim Corrigan and it leads him to possessed children and finally to Slaughter Swamp where we came across a abandoned school full of kidnapped children and an evil ghostly nun.  Let's see if Jim can keep his Spectre calm or if shit is about to get all wrathful in Slaughter Swamp.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Rook shitting his pants at what he's seeing.(demonic looking nun and it's understandable)  Jim Corrigan tells Rook to get all the children out because he doesn't know how long he'll be able to hold the Spectre off from taking form and wrathing the shit out of everyone with a guilty conscious........children included.  Spectre's kind of a dick when you get right down to it.  So not wanting to obliterate everything with the power of the right hand of God, Jim Corrigan comes up with a different solution.  You see, he's ready for situations just like this and pulls out his phone where he has a soundboard app and makes it sounds like old school bells going off signifying that the class was dismissed and with this act the evil nun monster screams and vanishes.  How badass is that?  Jim Corrigan has all this power inside of him and he finds another solution.  I do believe that I'm going to really enjoy this book................On the off chance that I don't though, never bring up what I just said.  So with the nun monster under wraps, ambulances and backup are called and all the missing children get to go home and Jim Corrigan can save his precinct because there's no way that Rook will shut them down now.  Except Rook goes and does that awful thing that people who have seen too much do........He starts thinking he didn't actually see what he saw.  I think he'll come around because I don't think he wants another dose of the truth shoved into his face.

During the above part of the story we also have a flashback to Sister Justine and how she came to work with Jim Corrigan over at Precinct 13.  It seems that while she was working for a church in Gotham............Do nuns consider it work?  Well while she was there she witnessed a couple alter boys dripping green fluid from their mouths into the mouths of the homeless.  Now I could actually go back right now and look to see if the homeless people were sleeping or not...........But I'm going to say they were awake and shit has reached a new level of fucked up in Gotham.  They were into this shit whether or not they new it would turn them into some demonic host......... Oh yeah, this is some passing the demon thing.........swapping spit.  This is all very gross and as it turns out Sister Justine shouldn't of brought her worries and complaints to the head priest and nun because apparently they've been swapping green spit as well and most of this whole church is now under control of some diabolical power.  Enter Jim Corrigan who arrives just in time to save Sister Justine from people drooling in her mouth and when he arrives he pushes her aside and unleashes the power of the Spectre.  When the smoke and human ash clears, he's surprised to see that Sister Justine doesn't have a mark on her, so she must truly be a pure soul.  So with that he apologizes for obliterating most everyone in her church and offers her a position with him.

In the end our heroes return to Precinct 13 and we find out that the language that the kidnapped children were speaking was the language that Sister Justine heard from her parish so everything is intertwined and it looks like it's not actually a language at all but possible names.  Even though Jim Corrigan has taken down two sets of these supernatural bad guys, it looks like the threat is far from over.

That's it for this month's........... or last month's Gotham By Midnight and I'll bitch up and down when someone uses a style that I'm not used to with art..........because I'm a asshole who hates change but I really like Ben Templesmith and his style on this book.  It fits so well and just adds to the dark creepiness that you're supposed to feel while reading this title.  Now I did have a problem with the first issue with a few panels where I couldn't tell what was going on due to the style but here everything came through clear as day so I have nothing but good things to say about Templesmith with this issue.  "Good Things"  There I said it.  As for the story we're getting deeper into the mystery of the kidnapped children and the forces behind the napping and we're getting more background to the people that encompass this title which was the only problem I think I had with the first issue.  So again, "Good Things".   Make sure you're back at the end of January where we dig deeper into what's going down in this book and hopefully get some more background on some of our heroes.  See you then.

Bits and Pieces:

I'm really digging this title and I'm also waiting for the inevitable, when Jim Corrigan turns into the Spectre and you know what?  This book doesn't need the inevitable to happen.  If the right hand of God never shows up, I'm completely fine with it because this title is strong enough with the characters and mysteries it's given us so far.  Make sure you're picking this book up and getting your monthly dose of Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith in a title that surprised me on how entertaining it really is.  Check it out.


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