This Magazine Kills Fascists looks at times that comic books and superheroes have dealt with tyrannical, corrupt and outright fascist world leaders — not because we think we can find a solution, but because art can provide inspiration in the face of oppression.
So far, this feature has focused on big villains, big world-altering plans, and how they reflect what's going on in the world today, but this week we're going to talk about a superhero comic being published right now that takes a stand against all that from a ground level. The current Green Arrow series, relaunched as part of DC Rebirth, is a rare superhero comic that challenges authority and addresses real world concerns of corruption, violence, and the exploitation of citizens by the moneyed elite.
For a character who's been on superhero teams since the '40s, the Spectre sure does tend to cause a whole lot of trouble. I mean, sure, sometimes it's the harmless fun of turning criminals into candles and burning them until the wax melts into a pool of eternal torment, but every now and then, the embodiment of the Wrath of God can go a little too far. Which, you know, is probably something someone should've told the Midnight Shift of the Gotham City Police Department.
Alas, the message seems to have gotten to them too late. When Gotham By Midnight #10 by Ray Fawkes and Juan Ferreyra hits stores next Wednesday, Detective Corrigan is going to have a whole lot of trouble keeping his more wrathful half under wraps. Check out a preview below!
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