Midnight Nation Review

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By: Ti Louchart

Midnight Nation is the classic Supernatural tale of man chases leads, man gets his soul ripped out by goblins, man wakes up in hospital to find a crazy woman telling him she’s probably going to kill him. Midnight Nation was written by J Michael Straczynski it is about a police detective, David Grey, who has his soul ripped out.  He is shadowed by a mysterious woman named Laurel and must deal with his new life living in a world between worlds.  The idea for this came form J’s walks through bad city streets and seeing the contrast in worlds between night and day.  When he would walk at night a whole different group of people would come out like an invisible world right underneath people’s eyes.  The story at some points can be hindered by a lot of unnecessary dialogue that could just as easily be shown rather than told.  The villain of the story is the worst offender of this at times spouting his own beliefs at the protagonist.  I found that a lot of the imagery made enough sense that it got the point across at what the characters believed and were going through.  The characters were all deep and thoughtfully crafted I liked all of them except for the villain who looked like he came out of a 80’s film.  The art is gorgeous just the beginning panels have so much to them. The first panels are a crime scene with a police car in the background with each panel containing either a blue or red light background.  There are a lot of details that might go unnoticed in the first read through really unimportant things that add to the atmosphere. There is a scene where he is being chased and in the car of the chaser is a little Virgin Mary statue.  When there is a flashback to David and his wife a broken window next to David and his wife walking away explains the entire relationship in one panel.  Graffiti lines the streets of the city in almost every panel.  The details make it a great visual story.

Midnight Nation is great 10 outta 10. Don’t read it, it gives you a better understanding of the human condition, I didn’t ask for that.

Pencil: Gary Frank Inkers: Jonathan Sibel, Jason Gober, Jay Leisten Colorist:  Matt Milla

Publisher: Joe’s Comics

Publication: OCT. 2000 – JUL. 2002

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