Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So I caved in and got the individual issues for this. Come on, it's Neil Gaiman.
So there's a funeral in a church in crime alley. Batman is in the casket. His friends and foes are assembled to give their respects and tell how Batman died.
The thing I've always liked about Neil Gaiman's comics are that they're about something. They have themes. They're actually pretty clever. Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader is a good example.
In the first story, Catwoman gives her tale of her relationship with Batman and how he died, bleeding to death on her couch after a freak gunshot wound. In the second, Alfred tells about Bruce going off the deep end and becoming Batman after his parents died. Since he wasn't having much luck fighting crime, Alfred hired some of his actor friends to be Batman's rogue's gallery, with Alfred himself portraying the Joker!
The best part, in my opinion, is that Adam Kubert draws the different parts of the story in the styles of artists of other time periods.
Now I have to either wait a month until the second half comes out or wait until the collection comes out. Based on the first half, I'm giving it a four for now.
The second half wasn't quite as good as the first but still very very good. More accounts of Batman's death and then Batman's alone at his own funeral. Well, not precisely alone...
Good night, mechanical dinosaur. Good night, giant penny.
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