Batman/Houdini: The Devil's Workshop
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Batman/Houdini: The Devil's Workshop (Batman: Elseworlds)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  125 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Someone is stealing the children of Gotham City. There is also a new creature of the night people are calling The Batman. One night someone sees the Batman near a wagon of kids, and surmises that he is stealing the children.
This peaks the interest of visiting escape artist and showman Harry Houdini. So he makes a promise to help the police track down the Batman. Yet when...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 1993)
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Seth Kenlon
A great, self-contained story about a steampunk-ish Batman in London fighting alongside Houdini against an unknown foe. Stylish, gripping, maniacal. I really enjoyed this one and highly recommend it.

It's actually a good starting point for people who want to read some Batman but have no idea where to start. As long as you're familiar enough with Batman to know the basic premise of his story (and who isn't?), this is a nice variation on the theme. It being self-contained means that there is no co...more
Kristy Buzbee
An Elseworlds comic, with Batman emerging in Gotham in the 1930's. Houdini is booked for a two-week stint, and being quite clever, figures out who Batman is. They work together to solve the mysterious disappearances of children in a poor area of Gotham.

Oh, I wish it were longer. The first third is actually fairly confusing and uninteresting; the watery art is absolutely lovely, but makes it hard to tell characters apart until you get used to it. Once Houdini and Batman team up (reluctantly), the...more
Aug 18, 2008 J rated it 5 of 5 stars
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The Devil’s Workshop is excellent. Though this story takes place in the first years of the twentieth century, this Elseworlds tale doesn’t fall within the continuity of Gotham By Gaslight and Master Of The Future. The references to Roosevelt, Freud and the Wright brothers are splendid. Alfred is African American, which is a great idea for a Batman story taking place in the era this one does. Vicki Vale makes an appearance, which is stellar. Best of all is that Batman teams up with Harry Houdini...more
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Batman y Houdini en una aventura "fuera de continuidad" a la medida de ambos iconos, salpicada de guiños de época y elegantemente ilustrada por Chiarello, quien se lleva los mayores méritos.
Clever and well-executed "Elseworlds" story set in an alternative-universe Gotham City of our own early 20th C, full of entertaining references and cultural cues. The narrative is fast-paced and doesn't stoop to the reader (Chaykin's on here), and the watercolor art is atmospheric and at times just beautiful. My only complaint is that the material is rich enough, it feels like it deserved more pages to tell the story--or a sequel.

Andrew Ives
Can't say I really enjoyed this one. The artwork is pretty decent for 'water colour' style, the dialogue is pretty good, the turn-of-the-century Gotham setting with Houdini works fairly well too, but the story... it's just yucky, quite predictable and mostly stupid. The book is quite long too, so by the time the reasonably exciting ending comes, you just don't care.
i've been a fan of chaykin's writing since the 80s, and this did not disappoint. as the title says, batman and houdini meet in an early 1900s version of Gotham amidst a spree of child killings..
Interesting little book. Houdini and Batman together in early 20th century Gotham. Very good story, and great characterisation. Houdini deserves his own comic book after this.
Not a bad idea, but I didn't like the art and the story felt weak.
Liked the interaction between the two heroes, but the story in general left me feeling blah.
Wesley Asbell
The stunning watercolor art throughout really jumps right off the page and the story offers up some interesting 1930s twists on common batman tropes.
Chaykin is one of the more under rated talents in comics history, and this is one of the better Elseworlds or Batman tales you will read.
James Clark
This Elseworlds novel could have been quite mundane, but the story is very handled and the mix of characters is perfectly handled
Indah Threez Lestari
I love it. Especially the waterpaint art.

The Harry Houdini's POV.
An Elseworld story...
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