In the year 1880 Bruce Wayne returns from studying abroad to find his beloved city of Gotham booming in economic growth. As a result the local police are doing everything they can to control the evil that comes with an overcrowded city.
Also arriving from abroad is the infamous Jack the Ripper who slipped through London's fingers now spreading terror through the dark gas lit streets of Gotham city.
Will Batman unmask Jack the Ripper once and for all? Will he stop the serial killer in time to save Bruce Wayne from the prying eyes that accuse him of the murders?
This was an interesting take on Batman and was excited to read it. I loved the idea of Batman in the dirty horse drawn streets of an 18th century city. This is probably the coolest aspect of the comic although I don't think they pushed the concept as much as the could/should have.
The overall story gets a nod for creativity but a nix on execution. The story was too short and undeveloped. The killer's identity is telegraphed and predictable. The writer's even tried to build on the origin story which was to me it's biggest mistake. All I wanted was a unique twist on the Batman that I know and love. You can't start recreating the character and expect met to suspend my belief in an 18th century time period. If the writers would've let the reader take what he knows and apply it to this amazing concept Gotham by Gaslight would have become an instant classic.
The art work and direction were awesome. The panels and frames flowed smoothly with gritty emotion.
I recommend this for true lovers of Batman. I think you'll appreciate and be excited for what was trying to be accomplished here. For all others I'd probably skip and move on to the comics below this post.