Gotham by Gaslight

Posted: May 5, 2014 in Comic
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Gotham by Gaslight by Brian Augustyn and drawn by Mike Mignola is “A Tale of Batman” that poses the question, what if Batman took place a hundred years ago?

Well, with the passage of time being what it is, it’s more or less hundred twenty-five now, which makes this story older than I thought.

This acts like an introduction of Batman to a Gotham City in 1888, trying to figure out who is murdering women under the name Jack the Ripper.

The story itself is ok, everyone has their nineteenth century analog, even Inspector Gordon tells of a man, who after poisoning ten women, gets caught but not before trying to poison himself and in the process paralyzes his face into a permanent smile. Well, almost everyone has a double. IN the mystery of the book, Bruce Wayne traveled Europe during the time of Jack the Ripper, and upon his arrival back to Americas the killings went away and after awhile women star turning up dead in Gotham when Bruce gets back.

That’s not to say the story is bad, it isn’t, it has a turn, as predictable as it is. If you know Batman you’re on the right track about where this is going.

Spoilers: The Killer isn’t Bruce Wayne

Artistically, this is great. I’m a fan of Mike Mignola’s style, mostly from his work on Hellboy. Mignola has a distinctive look and I was never lost or confused about what was going on. P. Craig Russell’s inks are decent and make the line work stand out. The colors look muted, when it wasn’t in the dark, and Dave Hornung used a lot of yellow. Most likely to make the book on a whole look more rustic, in that sense it gets the job done.

If you’re new to Batman, you might not pick up on the easy to spot giveaway. Even if you’re a Batman scholar and for some reason haven’t read this it’s worth a read.


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