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Batman by Brian Augustyn
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Aug 18, 08

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Read in August, 2008

I’m a pretty big fan of DC’s Elseworlds books, though my favorite by far are those that set Batman in the late 1890’s/early 1900’s. I have an earnest fascination with the 19th century and the idea of the great detective, the caped crusader, the dark knight existing in the later decade of that century is a righteous idea, indeed.

In Gotham By Gaslight, Bruce Wayne returns from Europe to find Jack The Ripper has shows up in Gotham and begun killing again. Because of the untimely coincidence of Wayne showing up in Gotham and the killings starting up, Wayne is framed. With a little help from a friend.

Brian Agustyn does a bang up job setting Batman in 1889. He gives a hint at things to come by briefly introducing the Joker and really gets the character right, sans about fifty years. Mike Mignola’s art is stellar as usual.

Overall, just a great idea. DC could do worse than to make Batman in the 1890’s a regular series. A lot worse.
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