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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight by Brian Augustyn

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (1989)

by Brian Augustyn

Other authors: Eduardo Baretto (Illustrator), Robert Bloch (Introduction), Mike Mignola (Illustrator), P. Craig Russell (Illustrator)

Series: Batman, Batman: Elseworlds (1), DC Elseworlds

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Presenting a new edition of the title collecting the adventures of the Victorian era Batman. This volume includes the breakthrough Elseworlds epics GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT and MASTER OF THE FUTURE, which pit the Dark Knight against Jack the Ripper and a death-dealer from the skies over Gotham. This title features artwork by Mike Mignola (HELLBOY) and P. Craig Russell (THE SANDMAN).… (more)

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Quick, fun detective story. ( )
  jrmypttrsn | Sep 5, 2019 |
I thought this was going to be so much better than it is. Sad face. Doesn't really take advantage of the victorian era really. Boring story in whatever background. ( )
  Joanna.Oyzon | Apr 17, 2018 |
Gotham by Gaslight is a unique retelling of the Batman origin. This book was actually the starting point for DC's later Elseworlds series due to its popularity. The Elseworlds series took their characters and reset them in time periods or circumstances different from their established histories and told one shot stories around these new ideas. The other interesting bit about this new (old) Batman story is that it can be considered a Steampunk Batman tale, before Steampunk was as popular as it is today.

Gotham by Gaslight follows the basic idea of Bruce Wayne/Batman's origin, with Bruce Wayne's family being murdered in front of him as a young boy and him later in life going out into the world to recreate himself into a force of good against evil as Batman. The difference here, however, is that this all takes place in the 1890s and his first adversary is Jack the Ripper. (This isn't spoiling anything. You learn that Jack the Ripper is in this book on the very first page.)

The real star of this book is the art by Mike Mignola. Fans of his Hellboy series will appreciate his dark and shadowy graphic sense, which ultimately lends itself perfectly to this tale. I think anybody who is a fan of Batman, or of Steampunk and is at least familiar with the Batman mythos, will find this quick read enjoyable. ( )
  tapestry100 | Feb 12, 2018 |
Ok, I'm done with Batman for now. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
  nerdythor | May 30, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Brian Augustynprimary authorall editionscalculated
Baretto, EduardoIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloch, RobertIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mignola, MikeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russell, P. CraigIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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What would the Gotham City of 100 years ago have been like?

In an age of mystery and superstition how would the poeple of Gotham react to a weird creature of the night, a bat-garbed vigilante feared by the guilty and the innocent alike?

Some would live in terror. Others would rest easier. Only one man would take no notice at all... a man with other matters to attend to.

His name? No one knows for sure. Most people know him only as Jack.

Jack the Ripper.
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