Thursday, September 24, 2015

Gotham By Midnight #9 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Juan Ferreyra, Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015

Good Cop, Bad Cop, Dead Cop

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Ever since the conclusion of this series first story arc, it feels like this title has just been putting along, with it's monster of the week scenario and The Spectre solves every problem quick fix.  Even with this though, I've been enjoying the series enough, but from everything that Juan Ferreyra says, this is when shit gets real and I'm not too proud to tell you that I got giddy as hell when he began hyping this issue.  As we saw in the previous issue, Internal Affairs is coming down hard on Precinct 13 and even  arrested Jim Corrigan and Lisa Drake.  It's interrogation time and some secrets are best kept inside.  Let's jump into this issue and see what's up and if it's worth the hype.

Explain It!:

Our story picks up exactly where we left off in the previous issue, where Jim Corrigan and Lisa Drake have been arrested and now they're in separate interrogation rooms........ like that will matter.  This is great because while each team of cops are making their plans and figuring out how they're going to get their answers out of these two, our heroes know all the tactics since they've used them themselves.  Lisa simply stays tight lipped, while Corrigan made me laugh my ass off because he goes through the entire scenario that the officers questioning him decided on before they ever entered the room.  Just really good stuff.  While Jim and Lisa are being interrogated though, Agent Rook has himself a search warrant for Precinct 13 and with a group of cops, goes through everything in the building, hoping to find the beyond damning evidence that he needs to prove that Corrigan is dirty.  It's at this point that Dr. Tarr has a breakthrough with the black flowers he's been studying.  You guys all remember those black flowers that were popping up in the first story arc or when that giant embodiment of pain and suffering threatened Gotham and left all those black flowers behind as it scampered back off to the swamp?  You better say yes, or you have a lot of reading to catch up on.  Anyway, up until now we've believed that these black flowers have shown up to cause a supernatural event to happen, but Dr. Tarr being the smarty pants that he is, deduces that these black flowers are actually marking a spot where something awful is about to happen........ so the black flowers are actually on our side.  Crazy huh?

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.



  1. I mean geez....If this books cancellation is final, I will be shocked. I mean geez. This was a bigger moment than anything else in the month. o.o

  2. We have been waiting for this book to come to a point and this issue was it! I was so happy to see something like this that made reading all (most) of the previous books worthwhile. And is it just me, or has the artwork gotten better and better in this book? I will be sad to see this book go...but I also think it did have a big impact and repositioned Jim Corrigan as a character Bat-writers should be clamoring to insert into their books

    1. She should probably do what the omega men fans did and shout loud enough at DC until it gets uncancelled