Gotham by Gaslight

Gotham By Gaslight

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Gotham by Gaslight

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Gotham by Gaslight is a DC Comics one-shot by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola, with inks by P. Craig Russell. It spawned a sequel, Master of the Future (1991), also written by Augustyn, but with art by Eduardo Barreto.

Although not originally labeled as such, Gotham by Gaslight is now considered to be the first Elseworlds story, where DC Comics heroes are taken out of their usual setting and put into alternate timelines or realities. Subsequent printings have included the "Elseworlds" logo.


It is 1889. Bruce Wayne returns from a visit to Europe back to Gotham City, as does his old family friend Jacob Packer. Shortly after arriving, Bruce takes up the mantle of Batman, fighting criminals on the street, using his friend Lieutenant Gordon's knowledge of criminal gangs currently operating to know when to strike. Gordon also shows Bruce the case of a man who poisoned his wife and tried to commit suicide with the poison, which left him alive with a permanent grin. At the same time, it appears that Jack the Ripper has come to Gotham, as a murder in Gotham seems to resemble the Ripper murders. After Wayne Manor is searched, a bloody knife is found under Bruce's bed and Bruce is convicted of being the Ripper and sentenced to be hanged for his crimes.

While in prison, Bruce toils day and night to try and figure out how he can get the Ripper, by first realizing his identity. After the realization has come to him, he escapes from prison with the help of Alfred and heads...
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