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Review Brew: Gotham City Garage #1

What’s on the other side?

Gotham City Garage #1
Writer: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzingz`
Artist: Brian Ching
Colors: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letters: Wes Abbott
Covers: Rafael Albuquerque
Editor: Kristy Quinn
Publisher: DC Comics

It’s been 35 years since Lex Luthor took over the world and all the citizens – that are left – are happier than they could ever be. Well, except one. Kara Gordon, whose very existence is a major spoiler on pretty much every level, keeps dreaming of a world where mythological wonder women fly through the sky, bats patrol the darkness and people are as happy or as sad as they want to be.

That? That’s a huge problem.

Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing build a deeply unsettling sense of unease throughout the pages of GCG that doesn’t dissipate when the big reveal comes. People are questioning their society, their foundations, even their own memories and minds. Even after you, and the characters, get some answers, it doesn’t help. If anything it becomes worse as you begin to question everything you think you know about the characters involved and what kind of world they’re living in. It’s a cracked mirror of a world and one I’m very intrigued to explore going forward.

Brian Ching and Kelly Fitzpatrick’s artwork, while not my usual fare, works here. The stylization of the characters, the colors, the way each scene is framed adds more to the story and the overall tone, in a similar way that Michael Avon Oeming’s work on Cave Carson does.

Overall this is an interesting look into a different world.

Five hyenas out of five.

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