Any of you who follow me here or on Horror News Radio know – I’m not the one to get overly excited about anything comic book or superhero related but I have to admit, I think this news is pretty damn cool.
DC Comics who of course are the home for The Dark Night and its assorted line of Batman spinoffs are going to head down a hard core horror path with a new series titled ‘Gotham By Night’. The series will follow a group of Gotham police detectives who investigate strange and paranormal happening in and around Gotham. The group goes by the name of ‘The Midnight Shift’, think X-Files and you’ll get where they are headed with this.
Ok, here is where they lose me a little – I don’t know who any of these characters are but hopefully you all will. The leader of ‘The Midnight Shift’ is Jim Corrigan who in the DC world is known as The Spectre. Series writer Ray Fawkes explains:
“Jim Corrigan’s terrible secret is he carries the divine judgment of God around in his body, not of his own free will. So he’s better motivated than anybody to get involved whenever a big, supernatural monster shows up on the scene. If he doesn’t do something, sooner or later The Spectre is going to handle it, and he has an Old Testament way of handling things. We will be seeing The Spectre here and there, but that’s usually what happens when Corrigan messes up and doesn’t get it handled in time.”
In discussing other members of the team and how they fit into the story Fawkes comments:
“Lisa Drake is another detective in the Gotham police force, and Corrigan’s partner in a weird sort of crew who skulk around in the night and chase ghosts. You will not have seen this Lisa before. There’s also a forensic investigator Dr. Szandor Tarr, a bit of a creepy dude but very reliable. Their religious consultant is a nun, Sister Justine, who has a very peculiar and particular talent.”
Ben Templesmith is handling the artwork end of things and everything is gearing up for a huge November 26th debut date.
Gonna have to pick this one up and see where they head with things.