Gotham by Gaslight
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.
Reviewed by: shea
8 Comment(s)
Sir Jorge said...
it's going to be hard to top death int he family & arkham asylum, i'll have to check this out though
Avid Andy said...
i was hoping it was going to be incredible... cool concept though
*(asterisk) said...
This is old, though, isn't it? I'm sure I bought this yeeeeears ago. Or am I losing my mind?
Shea said...
Sir Jorge...ah man...what about Dark Knight returns, Long Halloween, or even Year one? Those are the best my friend. Death in the family is good and Asylum was ok but it lacked something for me.

Z...yeah

Adam...you use my blog like my answering machine. At least you comment though. Does that mean you think I read my blog more than listen to my phone?

*...yeah man...from like the 80s. You must have bought it before i was born ;)
Josh said...
I take this is an Elseworld's story. I'll have to add it to the list of things to read, since I'm a huge Batman fan. As far as I'm concerned Dark Knight Returns is the best Batman story written thus far. And The Killing Joke is the best Joker story thus far.

Gotham By Gaslight reminds me of a Punisher story (A Man Named Frank) that takes place in the Wild West. That one actually makes sense and is a decent read. You should check it out, since The Punisher is basically Marvel's more extreme version of Batman.
Martha said...
i imagine i'll skip this one. i'm a few pages from the end of dracula, so i can finally read fables. i'll let you know if you've created yet another addict.
*(asterisk) said...
Ha ha, very funny. I think I bought in about '92, actually. Oh wait, was that before you were born?!
Shea said...
A man...naw I was ten...