A quick one this week… as the Holiday Season gets its full weight down on us.
Years ago there was this comic called Gotham by Gaslight. It featured Batman living in a turn of the century style world where Jack the Ripper had come calling to Gotham.
If you went down the checklist of comics that I should read, this one might have checked all the boxes:
Elseworld – If you are a Marvel fan, this is DC’s version of What If where they showcase alternate timelines or alternate stories from the main ones. It means they can do pretty much whatever they want and not have to worry about Continuity of why Batman might be in the early 1900s.
Jack the Ripper – There is something about Jack that makes him this fascinating figure from history. The fact that no one knew who he was. The various theories over the years about his identity. The gruesomeness of his crimes.
Batman vs. Jack – Take one of the greatest characters, a detective, and put him against this one person who apparently had us all fooled.
So how was the comic? I don’t know. I’ve never actually read it.
I don’t know why. Even as I’m writing this all out, I don’t know why. I always meant to pick it up… it is a comic fail for sure.
Soon though, I can potentially make up for my egregious error (or at least partially make up for it) as they are going to release it to DVD next year! And I think now would be a perfect time to visit that world and enjoy the movie before finally reading the graphic novel. I won’t sit there the whole time comparing it because I’ll watch it first!
It’s kind of a win, win… right?
Ok, it’s kind of a cop-out, but at least I’ll be righting my own 20-year error!
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