Gotham by Midnight #7 Review

Writer: Ray Fawkes / Artist: Juan Ferreyra / DC Comics

Man, I know I like a comic when old Jadakiss tracks play in my head when it’s time to read it. Let’s be clear – ain’t really any Black people in Gotham by Midnight. Really, this is pretty much a Black-dude-would-die-first horror at its core… but yet and still I hear Jada in the booth with that ridiculous laugh, shoutin’ out his homies before he goes in. So I’m sitting here with the comic book in front of me, like “Poobs! Let’s get it goin’! We back, baby! ah-haaaa!” I guess that means I like it. Now with that said, let’s get into it.

First off, this is the second issue since we came back with the new creative team, and I guess we’re sticking with this who Law & Order: Special Ghost Unit feel. I’m not really feeling that look, but what am I complaining about, it really doesn’t matter. I’ll just enjoy these Teen Titan Go! variant covers and keep it pushin’. Second, although this was probably my least favorite intro of the series, they’re still dope and I’m glad it’s a theme that continues. This one begins with “We’ve been hurt,” with a picture of Dr. Tarr’s hand with a cut on it, which is a little on the nose, but hey, the intro still does its job to set the tone.

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As expected, Fawkes writes a solid issue that might’ve feel a little too disjointed for some people’s liking, but was a fun read nonetheless. We get two story plots – one with Weaver and the District Attorney meant to progress the bigger story plot, and the other with Lisa, Tarr, and Corrigan that’s carried by action. I’ll let you guess which was more entertaining, but combined they made for an issue that lends itself well to this second story arc trying to find its groove.

There’s a nice edge-of-your-seat moment in this issue that is pretty awesome, followed shortly thereafter with shit going crazy and hitting the fan like that random shootout that tried to save True Detective’s hilarious-if-not-so-genuinely-terrible Season 2. Except this climax in Gotham by Midnight is still part of an interesting story, and I’m interested to see the aftermath of an event so grim.

The artwork continues to be great, and as I’ve said before, no disrespect to the legendary Templesmith of course, but I’m loving Ferreyra. It’s pretty masterful and fun to look at, to the point I found myself staring for longer than usual. The scenes at the end were awesomely done and ended the issue on a great note.

Just getting started in the series? Catch up on previous Gotham by Midnight reviews here, especially issue #6 as it begins this new story.

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  • Jordan Calhoun is a writer in New York City. His forthcoming debut book "Piccolo Is Black" is a celebration of the common adaptations we made while non-diverse pop culture helped us form identities. He holds a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice, B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Japanese, and an M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy. He might solve a mystery, or rewrite history. Find him on Instagram and Twitter @JordanMCalhoun

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