Fawkes and Templesmith Hit Home Runs with Gotham by Midnight
It may be baseball season, but in the comics world, Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith keep hitting home runs with their newest installment of Gotham by Midnight.
Jim Corrigan can’t keep The Spectre at bay any longer! Now he’s arrived to judge Gotham City for its many sins. Does anyone, even the Midnight Shift, stand a chance against Heaven’s blade?
A few months back I took a look at this new book from DC Comics called Gotham by Midnight and in my initial review of the first issue, I was floored by how much I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well we are now five issues into the series: is it still something that you need to run to your local comic book store and purchase?
The answer is absolutely. This book has quickly risen to become the best book that DC has sitting on the shelf in my personal opinion. Writer Ray Fawkes and artist Ben Templesmith have carefully crafted something that is both insanely beautiful, creepy and expertly written.
This issue has been the stand out so far as it has been a slow burn to the unleashing of the Spectre to take on the evil that has been released into the heart of Gotham City. The battle between the two is absolutely colossal in scope and not to give away any plot points, but I just have to make note that not even the Dark Knight himself is prepared for this one.
Fawkes puts together these stories that truly leave you wanting more. The world they have created is not a clean cut one like something along the lines of Justice League, but instead it has this atmospheric nature, where good and bad blur to a murky, morally grey area. The flashbacks to the origins of the Midnight Shift are great as you really see what has happened to these characters that makes them able to cope with the horrors they deal with.
In my first review I was extremely impressed by the artwork within the book. Five issues in, it is still a huge standout for this series and carries a great impact on the pages. Ben Templesmith has certainly made this book stand out all on its own on the rack as there is no other comic out there that even looks remotely close to this. It looks hand painted in water colour with no clean lines, and only adds to the creepy, nightmarish nature of the evil that Corrigan and his team take on. Instead of Gotham looking like a nice city that is plagued by some form of evil, Templesmith’s Gotham looks permanently grimy, dirty, and a place that looks like it has more in common with scenes in Dante’s Inferno.
This is a book that should be a required pickup; it has its own unique feel and unreal artwork and offers something different from what we are used to seeing on the shelves. It is a fantastic comic and the more I read, the more I want to see from this series; it is more interesting than any other series I’m currently reading my way through. Let me put this in perspective: I am a die-hard Spiderman fan and even at the height of Spider-verse (which is also brilliant) I was reading Gotham by Midnight first when I got home from the comic book store and the web-slinger had to take a backseat.
If you aren’t reading this yet, what are you waiting for?