Start Your Engines for Gotham City Garage #1
Writer: Colin Kelly & Jackson Lanzig
Art: Brian Ching
Cover: Rafael Albuquerque
This isn’t your average Gotham City or Metropolis. Lex Luthor has created a utopia, but with all utopias there’s a shadow. This shadow comes in the form of The Gardeners, sentry like beings who could terminate a citizen at the drop of a hat. Unfortunately, there are no heroes to stop them. As an employee of Luthor, Kara Gordon can override the Gardeners. When they strike too close to home, she must save herself and find out who she really is.
This chapter was a really good start to the series. We have our protagonist, villain, and our hero’s duty to protect the world she lives in. The dystopian setting isn’t what I was expecting from this series. However, it works just fine. We’ve all mulled over the evil Batman narrative, and it’s present in this series. I don’t expect him to be anywhere for too long. He just seems like the type of villain who isn’t gonna quit. We don’t know much about anything at this point. Yet I know his calculating and determined personality is going to make him a fearsome opponent.
Again, we don’t know too much, which is good. I don’t want to be be bombarded with the information it’d take for this first issue. Also, it seems Kelly and Lanzig are going to roll all that out as they go along. Works for me.
Brian Ching’s art is very sketchy. I guess it would fit with the whole “gritty, motorcycle vibe” the book is supposed to have. I like it is most places. In others, not so much. I get a very Frank Miller feel to some of these panels. That especially goes for the figures that are hidden behind tons of inking. I’m not too much of a fan of how the characters never really open their eyes. They only do so whenever something dramatic is happening. It’s not bad, just not my favorite thing. It will be interesting to see how Ching handles the rest of the character designs going forward.
Another point: this new gritty version of some of your favorite characters. You probably have already seen them, but I won’t spoil who it is. Where’s the fun in that? I’m not gonna lie, I’m really waiting for Wonder Woman to show up.
Lastly, I wouldn’t expect the same “bright” look and feel of DC Bombshells. The cover alone should tell you they’ll be different, but who knows down the line. Plus, I’m always up for superheroines against fascism.