What I like about comic books is that they end on a cliffhanger, but the next issue picks it right back up. It’s almost like an old radio serial that ends with “What will happen to our hero? Find out next time!” and that’s very appropriate for Captain Midnight since his origins are in the ’30s/’40s. So, when we last left our hero, he had turned himself over to save the little town he liked. The villain of the hour, Tempus, is threatening to cut out Midnight’s brain, which I don’t think works like that, but it’s comic book logic!
Note: This recap may contain spoilers!
Midnight doesn’t seem to be scared, as anyone else would be. In fact, he seems to be going through all the possible scenarios in his head and trying to pick the best one. This also has the dual job of slowing down Tempus. Midnight is able to fight Tempus and his men off with a simple trick. Jones is able to get away and get people to safety, while Midnight and Tempus have a little showdown.
It is exactly like out of Westerns, except most of them don’t have the town burning around them. As expected, Midnight is a faster draw, but Tempus has a lot of toys, most of them probably made by Midnight. However, Midnight is able to win with simplicity. The clean up crew arrives shortly after and the story shifts back to Charlotte, Helios, and Joyce.
Chuck’s minions are beating Helios when Charlotte jumps in to help. Helios saves Charlotte and manages to get aboard their plane. Joyce whispers that she knows who he is after thirty years and to stay away from Charlotte, which intrigues me more. Helios states he will help them against Chuck and then be out of their lives again. This storyline is looking more interesting all the time.
Meanwhile, Midnight talks to the people of the town and apologizes. They say he’s a hero and they are happy he helped them. Then there’s a funny and awkward scene with him and Nancy, the waitress, where he attempts to ask her out, badly. It also shows he still doesn’t know what texting is, which I’m pretty sure Rick would have fixed. Speaking of Rick, Midnight goes to his grave and explains everything. He ends by saying that he will be the hero Rick believed in and that his work is just starting. The issue ends with a new villain, even worse than Fury Shark and her father, being pulled into the light.
Everything seems to be building up to something big. This new villain is out there and trying to kill Midnight, Chuck is still on the loose, and Helios’s backstory is slowly being unraveled. All the while, Midnight is going to do his best to be the hero that Rick thought he was. I’m interested in Helios’s storyline, as I’ve said before, but also in this new Midnight and what he will be doing. I think the next few issues will be amazing.