In an age of mystery and superstition, how would the people
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...
by Gaslight reprints
two alternate universe Batman tales set during the
reign of Queen Victoria. First up is Gotham by Gaslight,
which is set during the time of the Jack the Ripper killings,
followed by Master of the Future.
Gotham by Gaslight is a pretty entertaining read, it's
not very hard to work out who the murderer is - not that it
really matters, as this is not a whodunit. It also showcases
illustrations by a young Michael Mignola, who would go on
to create Hellboy under the name Mike Mignola.
second tale, Master of the Future, is a rather dry
affair. The plot revolves around a mysterious villain who
lives in the sky (on board a large airship). Actually the
basic idea for this story is not dissimilar to the animated
feature film Steamboy
- in that the writer has written this tale from the point
of view of someone living in the reign of Queen Victoria and
imagining what a possible future would look like by upgrading
the technology available from that time period. It's an interesting
idea, but I couldn't help feeling that it was an opportunity
you don't already own Gotham by Gaslight then this
collection is worth picking up. While it's by no means a must
have Batman tale, it's still an interesting read and
at only £8 you can't really go wrong.