Gotham By Midnight Is An Anatomy Lesson For The Spectre (SPOILERS)

anatomyAnatomy Lesson by Alan Moore and Steve Bissette is a classic in the field of commercial comic book storytelling. Taking a relatively ignored character, though one that most people seemed to know, and utterly transforming his nature. "Things will never be the same again" is encapsulated in this comic, for better or for worse.

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It is revealed that Swamp Thing is not a plant-transformed Alec Holland, but merely the memories of Holland absorbed by plants and transformed by chemicals into a mockery of his old life.

graphic10Alec Holland is dead, Swamp Thing is just an organic flash drive. He doesn't take it well.

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Gotham By Midnight is a DC comic book about to be cancelled. The walking dead, it can do anything. And it is. Created by Jerry Siegel in 1940, Jim Corrigan, the police detective who can be possessed by a God-sent Angel Of Death, The Spectre, to impart justice where there is none.

Yeah, right.

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Today's issue of the series sees Corrigan himself investigated by the police. And they're not happy…

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Could Jim Corrigan really be a suspect for the murders conducted by the Angel Of Death that possesses him under God's instruction and blessing?

IMG_0064 I mean who would question the word of God? Or a killer who says that God works through him… um…IMG_0063Yup. Word of God, my ass. There is nothing involving a deity here… it's all Jim Corrigan. But don't take the detectives word for it…

IMG_0008…take The Spectre's. It is Jim Corrigan. It was always Jim Corrigan. He is the murderer, justified or not. And right now, definitely not.

We have a brand new interpretation of The Spectre for the DC Universe, courtesy of Ray Fawkes and Juan Ferreyra. And he's the bad guy…

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. Hosting a drawing class with Jessica Martin this Friday.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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