Review: Gotham City Garage #8

by Joshua Raynor
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[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writers: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing

Artists: Ming Doyle & Eryk Donovan

Colors: Kelly Fitzpatrick

Themyscira Art & Colors: Colleen Doran



Diana takes Kara on a trip to learn who she really is, and to help her embrace her past.


So far, I have really enjoyed every issue of this series, some more than others, of course.  This was a unique piece of the story, as it focused primarily on just two characters – Supergirl and Wonder Woman.

It was nice to get a chance to spend a bit more time with Diana, as she really just entered this story over the last couple issues.  We got to see a bit about her back story in a beautiful segment on Themyscira, drawn and colored by Colleen Doran.  I loved how she pretty much only used red and blue throughout the entire scene and washed out the color on certain spots.  It really helped bring out the feel of a memory.  We don’t know exactly what happened, but what we did get was powerful and intense.

I also found it intriguing that this book was actually spit into two stories that seamlessly linked together.  The second story with Kara entering The Forest was really cool.  I loved seeing this dystopian version of Poison Ivy and the mysterious new character, Carver.  Making them tattoo artists who memory walk was an interesting idea, and giving the tattoos a real, deep purpose was something that truly grabbed me as reader who has important, symbolic tattoos of his own.



This felt kind of like a filler issue to me.  It was a lot of riding and talking, and back stories for both of these characters.  Now, I understand that not every issue can be action packed, and that sometimes we need to slow it down and take a moment to learn more about these characters, but after last issue, which was also a slower paced story, I was hoping for a bit more.


Overall, I dug what they were going for here, paralleling Wonder Woman’s back story with Supergirl’s, but I wish it had just a little bit more meat to it.  Still, it’s a great piece to the story and, when read together in the trade, will probably flow better along with the rest of the story being told.


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