Gotham City is getting even darker in November, as Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith explore Gotham by Midnight. The new series will focus on Jim Corrigan (aka the host of the Spectre) and deal with the supernatural and horror in DC Comics’ already darkest city.
DC Comics announced the new series on Blastr, and says the series will spin-off from Batman Eternal, where Corrigan has been teaming up with Batwing in the literal Gotham Underground. Fawkes has been the primary writer on that storyline, as well as exploring DC’s supernatural side in Constantine. Templesmith is known for his horror art, including 30 Days of Night and his current written/drawn series The Squidder.
In the announcement interview, Fawkes emphasized that the horror element is essential to the story.
“When you get down to the core of it, the things these characters face and the decisions they have to make are the kinds of things you’d see in a really great horror story,” the writer said.
Of course The Spectre is always looming, but won’t be a crutch. “If Corrigan doesn’t do something, sooner or later The Spectre is going to handle it,” Fawkes said, warning that part of the horror is Corrigan battling the spirit within. But Corrigan and his alter-ego are not the only members of the Gotham PD Midnight shift. He’ll be joined by detective Lisa Drake, forensic investigator Dr. Szandor Tarr, and a religious consultant named Sister Justine, “who has a very peculiar and particular talent,” the writer teased.
The series will have horror, but still be a “police and detective” series. He said that he’s drawing inspiration from both True Detective and the works of Lovecraft to mix the elements needed for Gotham by Midnight.
Gotham by Midnight, a new ongoing series from DC Comics, launches November 26, 2014.