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

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  216 Ratings  ·  20 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
Paperback, 64 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 1993)
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Kristy Buzbee
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Seth Kenlon
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf, graphicnovels
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
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: me-gustó-mucho, 2017
Ok. Ha sido extraño, pero me encantó. Al principio me costó tomarle el ritmo, cuando lo hice la historia fluyó. Hasta como película sería asombroso. Nos trasladamos al siglo XX en la que Houdini va a Gotham a hacer su espectáculo y ahí conoce a Wayne. De alguna forma natural ambos conectan muy bien. Al mismo tiempo en Gotham ocurre la desaparición de decenas de niños y, tanto Batman como Houdini, deciden intervenir para solucionar el misterio.
Es fantástico. Y los dibujos son hermosos, de verdad
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lot better than I was expecting- it's a very similar set-up to Gotham by Gaslight, but this story is much stronger. It uses Houdini's voice perfectly, and it's contained enough to give a sense of closure. The characters are all fleshed out, making them both interesting and in some cases, creepy as Hell. Recommended.
East Bay J
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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
Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: batman
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.
James Clark
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This Elseworlds novel could have been quite mundane, but the story is very handled and the mix of characters is perfectly handled
Timothy Boyd
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent alternate universe Batman story. good art and an above average storyline. Very recommended
Oct 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
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.
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
So-so, and quite interesting.
Wesley Asbell
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The stunning watercolor art throughout really jumps right off the page and the story offers up some interesting 1930s twists on common batman tropes.
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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..
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Told from Houdini's perspective, it's a tale of his meeting Batman. Mark Chiarello provides the perfect art for this moody story.
Nov 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
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.
Jul 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Totally killed by Mark Chiarello's art and disjointed narrative, that I stopped reading after 1/3. In its day, Chaykin knew for better.
Indah Threez Lestari
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love it. Especially the waterpaint art.

The Harry Houdini's POV.
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