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Gotham by Gaslight: A Tale of the Batman Comic – November, 1989
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One thing that must be commented on is the artwork. Mike Mignola, of Hellboy fame, did the pencils in Gotham by Gaslight and P. Craig Russell mastermind behind the comic adaption of Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung, inks. The combination of these excellent artists makes for a graphic story seldom seen these days. There is a steampunk feel to both stories that is rather interesting to see in a Batman story. It almost feels like one is reading Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen only with Batman as the main character.
If there is any real qualm I have with this TPB is the fact that Mignola does not do the artwork for Batman: Masters of the Universe although his replacement in quite good nonethless.
This book is sure to entertain any Batman fan out there and is also a very good read for anyone wanting to be entertained without thinkning of that nasty word we all know as "continuity."
Gotham by Gaslight finds Bruce Wayne donning the Batman costume in the late 1800's. Batman's arrival in Gotham City comes just as another dark figure makes his Gotham debut - notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper! Can an inexperienced Batman stop an elusive murderer that many people believe is Batman himself?
The novelty of the concept alone makes Gotham by Gaslight a fun read, and writer Brian Augustyn does an admirable job capturing the overall feel of the era. Mike Mignola's artwork is excellent as usual. The future Hellboy creator was the perfect choice for such a dark tale, though by having someone else ink his work - even someone as talented as P. Craig Russell - it takes away from that bold light and dark contrasting style Mignola does so well. Still, it's hard to argue with the results. Gotham by Gaslight is a thoroughly enjoyable Batman tale, and is noteworthy for launching the Elseworlds line.
PS - Am I alone in thinking Mignola's version of Jim Gordon looks a lot like Teddy Roosevelt?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book so much that I buy it over and over after giving it away.Published 2 months ago by Jayne
I thought this was a great iteration of batman. Gotham city in the late 1800's. Something a little different with a character we all knowPublished 5 months ago by Dylan & Kim Underwood
It was ok. Too many stories going on. Should have been more focused.Published 6 months ago by Scott R. Werner
This one needed a bit more time in the oven. I love the setting and the concept, but the villains were underdeveloped and new (to Batman). Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Kramarz