issue of Gotham City Garage contains
two stories, the first a bit of a prologue to the second. It features Mercy
Graves, Lex Luthor’s right-hand woman who is in actuality this universe’s
Catwoman. She operates behind the lines of behalf of the Freeland, sometimes as
a source of intel, sometimes as a purveyor of sabotage.
reappears in the second story, as the Garage faces down Luthor’s army of
meta-human mercenaries and brainwashed lackeys. The Garage girds itself for
battle, with Lois Lane recording the pre-battle anxiety for posterity, and the
combatants – veterans and newbies alike – waxing philosophical. Kudos to the
writers for moving the battle narrative along.
portion was illustrated by Darick Robertson. He has a style to his work that is
a little bit John Severin, a little bit Brian Bolland. What they have in common
is a line-work to their illustrations that adds texture.
portion was drawn by Brian Ching. I’m uncertain what his style is, unless his
key motivation was “Get it done by deadline.” I often see comic book artwork
that I don’t care for, but it’s rare that I see work I would describe as awful.
Ching’s pages look like they were sketched out with a dirty fingernail,
penciled but never inked.