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Review: Gotham City Garage #8


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By Philip Schweier
Jan 24, 2018 - 4:33

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After last issue’s assault on the garage, this issue is a bit of a rest. Kara joins Diana on a journey across the unforgiving sands outside Gotham City. There is much soul searching and personal answers to be found, but little advancement of plot.


The story is told in three acts by three artists. Ming Doyle handles the framing sequence, of a gushing Kara joining Wonder Woman as they leave the garage in search of allies for their coming war with Luthor. Colleen Doran contributes a handful of pages when Diana recounts her days on Themiscyra. Toward the end, Eryk Donovan takes over, depicting pre-teen Kara’s escape from Krypton.

 

Kara’s origin is addressed, but it doesn’t really tell us anything we hadn’t already figured out. It get’s a little trippy and new-agey, but now that it’s out of the way, I’m hopeful subsequent issues will build momentum. I feel as though much of the set-up is over with, and the time has come for moving the plot along.


Overall, I’m not sure that Gotham City Garage is a viable ongoing title. DC already has an alternate-universe, female-centric title with Bombshells. Of course, there’s always room for more, but I offer two thoughts:


1.   Both are built off a series of figurines, so crafting a narrative to fit the merchandise seems a poor strategy


2.   Rather than create an alternate series for strong female characters, maybe it would be better to create strong female characters within the DCU itself. Integration would be a rising tide to lift all boats, rather than maintaining the DCU’s historical status quo.


Rating: 6/10

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Last Updated: Jan 24, 2018 - 8:45

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