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Review: Gotham City Garage #1
By Philip Schweier

Oct 31, 2017 - 15:58

Publisher(s): DC Comics
Writer(s): Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing
Artist(s): Brian Ching
Colourist(s): Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letterer(s): Wes Abbott
Cover Artist(s): Rafael Albuquerque

A dystopian world that is part Logan’s Run, part Mad Max, and a whole lot of DC Comics. It’s a got all the tropes: a flawed buty idyllic society, a barren wasteland, and a young, reluctant hero caught in between. It’s familiar, on so many levels.

In this world, there came a time when the DCU went off the rails, and everything went to hell in a had basket. Since then, there is one remaining city on Earth, a shining beacon of what the world could have been. It’s ruled in part by the benevolent Lex Luthor and his wondrous technology, but also in part by the fearsome Batman and his intolerable crusade.

But the Gardeners, the robot peacekeepers of the city, have set their sights on Kara Gordon, and she is forced to flee beyond the dome. Outside, she encounters a band of freedom fighters that remember when Gotham City was far more admirable than it is now.

Perhaps another reason it feels familiar is due to its similarities to DC’s Bombshell series (though it’s hardly so optimistic). It seems to be the trend these days to take established franchises and reinvent them in a new – often darker – setting. Other examples includes Afterlife With Archie and Scooby-Doo Apocalypse. If you’re a fan of such projects, Gotham City Garage can be added to your pull list.

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