By Philip Schweier
January 24, 2018 - 04:33
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.