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In the intensely chilling BATMAN: GOTHIC, the Dark Knight Detective must defeat an immortal killer while dealing with a terrifying horror from Bruce Wayne's youth. While plagued by nightmares about a headmaster from his childhood, Batman investigates the murders of the major crime bosses in Gotham. Discovering the culprit is a serial child killer whom the mafia had drowned...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by DC Comics (first published August 1990)
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Sam Quixote
This is one of the most ridonkulous Batman stories I’ve ever read. A mad monk from the 17th century sells his soul to Satan in exchange for 300 hundred years of life (why just 300?) without fear of injury or death. Later he makes plans for a cathedral that will capture the souls of the recently deceased who will be infected by the bodies of the already deceased plague victims he’s been carting about everywhere with him. And then, yes there’s more to this convoluted plan, he thinks these souls wi...more
Mohammed
I expected better art from the artist Klaus Janson who is famous for classic Daredevil stories. The writing was also weak for a hyped Batman story. I suspect it is known only because Morrison is current superhero fanboys favourite. Seriously overrated story.
StoryTellerShannon
MINI REVIEW: the mob bosses of Gotham are running scared because someone from their past is hunting them down and this man (known as Mr. Whisper) cannot be killed. Enter Batman who believes it's only superstition at first until he finds out so much more.

This one echoes the old Batman stories even in artwork, making it feel very 1990s, and even though the copyright states 2007 it's actually a 1990 story composed in the “Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight” #6-10.

The artwork was kind of good. I fin...more
Fırat Koçyiğit
A different chapter in Batman Saga. There is no familiar villains in this story, bu it gives us a chance to see Bruce Wayne's early life. Occultish themes are strongly used in plot. You can feel like reading Hellblazer. If you are not prejudicious against occultish elements in comics, it is a well written an enjoyable story.
Mikey
This is kind of a mashup of Batman and all sorts of literary gothic tropes, from the Monk to Manfred to Porky’s…it all finds its way in here. Plus you’ve got all those weird melting angles of Klaus Jansen’s penciling and a burning nun. And a coupon for a small Wendy’s Chili, one per customer.
Megan
This is a fantastic Batman detective story and a fine example of some of Grant Morrison's earlier (and less... fantastical) work. Collects Legends of the Dark Knight issues 6 - 10, the second LotDK story arc.
Matthew Konkel
Not as good as the title and author reputation made it out to be, a little too much silly flashback, but still a pretty good Batman potboiler.
Ramin Shabestari
One of Morrison's better efforts on a Batman title.
Kathleen
A well done horror story, if a little catholic.
Bella - Marie Flynn
Read all in one sitting while trying not to think about exams. It was something a bit different from the very straightforward canonical Batman I've been reading recently and was a nice way to waste a bit of time but honestly it wasn't my favourite. Maybe I was just let down by the surrounding hype but the whole thing felt quite weak and under developed with half thought out plot points, bits that weren't really explained and bits that just felt thrown in because the writer didn't feel like comin...more
Irene
This has to be one of the weirdest (and by that I mean worst) Batman stories I have read. Here's why:

1. It features a mad monk that's inclined to do nothing but evil for no particular purpose. It was mentioned that he does it to gain salvation, but it still doesn't make any sense. If he really wanted salvation, making deals with the devil is hardly the thing to do.

2. For a big chunk in the beginning, the story was centered on mob bosses getting murdered by a Mr. Whisper. Then suddenly, they wer...more
Ekairidium
It’s quite an exciting journey where fantasy and horror are blended together with the basic Batman formula of murder mystery to create a unique story that encompasses the surreal in a comprehensible scale. I really like the panel layout and coloring of this comic book. The cinematic quality of the art truly transforms the reading experience into a visual adventure. This story also earns extra points by showing us a fragment of Bruce Wayne’s childhood which was his schooling days. The use of poet...more
Lloyd
As I continue my reading of the works featured in the book "Grant Morrison: The Early Years" and the study of Morrison's work itself, we come to "Batman: Gothic".

This tale sees Batman following the trail of Mr. Whisper, who is killing crime bosses in Gotham City and may have ties to Batman's late father and his youth.

Morrison infuses this classically told Batman tale with a bit of his usual subect matter. We see studies of Gothic architechture, religious ceremonies, the occult, and other usual M...more
Adriana
I have mixed feelings about this comic. It's not bad, and I have a very high opinion of Morrison, but I'm not a big fan of the "Batman meets the supernatural" stories when there are still so many cool psychopaths and gangsters to beat. (except with the Batman-Dracula trylogy; that was amazing!)

"Gothic" starts with the selective death of a bunch of Gotham criminals at the hands of "Mr. Whisper". At the same time Batman is dealing with a recurrent nightmare, and with hellish memories from his chil...more
Jack Gattanella
While I was reading the bulk of it, until it got to about the climax, I was really so with this 100%. This is fascinating stuff, where we have a Batman villain who is not really part of the canon of Rogues-Gallery. Mr. Whisper is an ex-monk who made a deal with the devil to live for an extra 300 years, to also shirk the black plague. But now he's about set to unleash his own plague on Gotham? Why not call the Dark Knight... but hey, how about if the MOB calls on him this time? With the bat signa...more
Abigail
Standard horror comic fare. This comic is enjoyable because it hits all the necessary gothic horror tropes, it plays around with the word gothic and it makes good use of literature and poetry to drive on the content. It also has a bittersweet romantic horror ending, a typical ending for gothic romance and one which I appreciated. The scenery looks rather beautiful too, that is if you appreciate gothic scenery.

Still I couldn't help feeling like this could have been better, been less standard, sto...more
Wirotomo Nofamilyname
May 04, 2012 Wirotomo Nofamilyname rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: He, who never read Morrison's work :-)
Mengecewakan.

Sebenarnya lebih karena saya berharap lebih dari seorang Grant Morrison, pengarang karya-karya maut seperti: New X-Men, Batman-Arkham Asylum, All Star Superman, We3, Seven Soldiers, dsb.

Sedangkan untuk Batman Gothic ini, ahhhh, lupakan bahwa tokoh antagonisnya dracula-alike, lupakan bahwa Batman berhadapan dengan tokoh supranatural, yang sebenarnya sudah cukup mengganggu.
Saya malah lebih terganggu dengan adegan ketika Batman tertangkap oleh sang tokoh antagonis, tapi tidak langsung...more
Paul
Bad story, one would expect much better as it came from the supposedly "great" Grant Morrison. But seeing as he was pretty much just starting out as a writer and was maybe under pressure from DC not to write anything too original, we'll give it 2 stars instead of one.

Bad art, Klaus Janson just can't draw all that well... he did some good stuff when he was working with Miller on Daredevil, but one has to wonder how much was actually drawn by Miller himself and simply inked by Janson. Janson's ink...more
David Schaafsma
Nineties art from KLaus Janson for this gothic/horror/supernatural-comes-to-Gotham story by Grant Morrison, with his typically convoluted, over wrought plots.... The idea is that Morrison is some kind of crazy genius but I think he's just out of control here, no one gets his plot, and Dr. Whisper, an off the map bad guy who has sold his soul to the devil, while Batman is plagued with horrific nightmares to fit the horror theme, etc. Art just okay, plot confusing... with his usual collection of i...more
Niklas
Ich gebe 3.5 sterne...Ich muss ganz einfach punkte abziehen wegen dem Zeichner . Klaus Janson ist einfach kein guter Zeichner (er ist primär Tuscher)

Aber ich bin einer der wenigen der die Geschichte verteidigt. Viele der Reviews die ich hier gelesen haben stören sich an diesen "Batman meets the supernatural" Thema des Comics. Ja , viele stören sich an den Okkulten Element dieses Comics..Den Menschen die das stört möchte ich sagen: leute, das ist Batman! ein Typ im Fledermauskostüm der gegen eine...more
Tyler
I, admittedly stupid, tried to read this book. There was only one reason that I read it; because I already had it. If you're looking for a reason to not read this, just know that Grant Morrison wrote it. Yes, the same shitty author of Arkham Asylum and the Return of Bruce Wayne and Final Crisis. For some, very odd and demented reason, Grant Morrison is seen as some authority on comic books. He isn't. He is horrible in every sense of the word. For instance, this is about a guy that makes a deal w...more
Victoria
The saving graces of this graphic novel are its nice, slightly pulpy and old-school art style and the creativity in its plot. Its plot was indeed very unique, some would say totally non-canon. I really enjoyed the gothic (as in architectural style, not Hot Topic) touches, but that could be only because of my own personal interests. It was really strange to see a religious edge to Batman, and I'm not sure that I liked it, at least in the sense that it seemed to say that religion really existed, w...more
Thom Foolery
Although the Batman origin includes some mystical elements (especially if you accept the Batman Returns, training in the "mystic East" tropes as canonical), they are usually downplayed in most Batman stories I have encountered. Not so here. Morrison steeps the entire plot in the occult; instead of relying solely on technoscience, Batman also uses his dreams, sacred geometry, alchemy, and meaningfully coincidental messages from his father in order to track down as stranger-than-usual villain. For...more
Justyn Rampa
This is by far the most tolerable Grant Morrison penned Batman tale that I have read thus far. That being said, at best I found it merely tolerable. The artwork left much to be desired which didn't help. I found Batman acting out of character quite a bit, seeming surprised and shocked quite often instead of cool, calm, and collected. The story line was the signature Grant Morrison weirdness and I just can't get behind it.

This may well be the final Grant Morrison book I read with the exception of...more
Frank
A fun supernatural story for Batman from the master Morrison. This is a book you have to sit down and read in one sweep that way you catch everything that is going on, because there is a lot of great things happening. My only problem is Batman screaming in fear at the end, Batman doesn't scream like that but you can tell this is still a very young Bruce, so that might explain it but Morrison sometimes does some moments that are just out of character for Batman. yet over all, this is a fantastic...more
Ryan Stewart
I wish I could give it 3.5 stars because it really isn't quite a solid 4-stars in my opinion but I digress. Like a lot of Morrison's works on Batman, I like the idea of the story better than the actual execution of it. I'm not sure why I fall into this camp, as Morrison is a phenomenal writer, but I just do. Mr. Whisper is good villain and the premise itself is pretty creepy. A lot of evil, a lot of mysticism, a lot of detective work but not as satisfying or fun as I was expecting.
John
Meh. The villain here is interesting, at least at the beginning, and there's definitely a strong atmosphere. There is also, though, some pretty bad dialogue (e.g., Batman screaming "I am the king of hell!" as he descends on some street thugs"), some of the violence/gore crosses the line into silliness, and the villain's story is ultimately pretty cliched— as well as out of line with Batman in general. It's not terrible, but I expected better.
Gavin
One of Grant Morrison's first Batman outings, (First appearing in 1990 in the Legends of the Dark Knight series) it's exactly as the title says. Batman Gothic. The art is extremely dark/Gothic, not nearly as refined as today, but that left a lot of room for interpretation. A good solid story line, with only Batman and Alfred as our usual cast. Well worth a read if for nothing else than to see where Morrison had Batman early on.
Andy Wedge
This is an early story from The Legends of the Dark Knight collected in one volume. Batman finds that a man called "Mr. Whisper" is killing off mobsters bosses one by one. Mr. Whisper's real name, Manfred, is a reference to the main protagonist of the poem Manfred, written by Lord Byron. I don't want to give away any of the story, but it has a new twist on the origins of batman and is well worth a look if you can get hold of a copy.
Andrew Ives
Rather a grubby and unpleasant story, packed with religious craziness. Not especially Batman-like, the story rambles for about 15 pages longer than necessary. Whilst reasonably well-written, the accompanying artwork is scruffy and below par. The story has elements which are too seedy for younger readers, whilst the plot is too stupid for older ones. My copy is even coming unbound. One of the worst Batman books I've ever read.
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial,...more
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