I suggested the theme of coming soon without realizing how hard it would be for me to pick something to talk about. There’s a lot of new series and events going on this fall, and many of them look promising. It’s so difficult to pick one that I’ll be talking about an additional upcoming title next week. But that’s next week let’s go diving into the occult side of one of DC’s most famous cities.
Gotham by Midnight is going to be a supernatural police procedural set in Batman’s hometown of Gotham. For me that alone is tantalizing enough. However this book gets more promising. The main character is a lesser known character named Jim Corrigan, the human host for the manifestation of God’s wrath known as the Specter. Corrigan heads up a group known as the Midnight Shift, a small group of individuals within the Gotham City Police Department focused on supernatural cases. They have the added problem of trying to solve the case and bring the culprit to justice before the divine being inside Corrigan decides to start raining hellfire and brimstone down on the whole city. That’s a lot of tension and potential drama, and I can’t wait for the first time the Specter lets loose.
Corrigan isn’t the only character in the book of course, he’s getting support from a small handful of individuals working on the Midnight Shift. Lieutenant Sam Weaver is the commanding officer, described as loyal and cynical by writer Ray Fawkes. Corrigan’s partner, Lisa Drake, is keeping a secret. That shouldn’t be a problem with the Spirit of Vengeance lurking inside her partner. The main unit is rounded out with the forensic investigator Dr. Szandorr Tar and the occult consultant Sister Justine, a nun. An interesting mix of characters, made more interesting with an internal affairs officer circling around as well. All of them are new so it’s hard to say much outside of what has been revealed in interviews, but this looks promising.
There is a little more to discuss with Ben Templesmith’s art, as we’ve actually seen some samples of it. I’m not familiar with his work, and so can really only talk about the character designs, since actual panels haven’t been teased yet. His character designs are very stylized, with characters feeling just a little deformed in small ways. It gives this slightly off kilter creep factor that works so well for the tone they’ve described. The colors shown on the cover of issue one are fantastic mood coloring, adding even more eeriness to the whole presentation.
When it comes to marketing a new comic it’s all about sending a message. Gotham by Midnight sends a very clear message of supernatural suspense and horror. If it can live up to the promising ideas and visuals from its marketing campaign the series could be a break out star. Gotham by Midnight, hits shelves November 26th.