Originally written as a standalone comic by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola, Gotham by Gaslight is an original Elseworlds story, a DC Comics publication known for creating storylines that stray from traditional canon by taking heroes out of their element and placing them in an alternate reality or timeline. In the case of Gotham by Gaslight, Batman finds himself in a Victorian-themed Gotham City, hunting down the infamous serial killer, Jack the Ripper. Sounds cool, right?
The story takes place in the late 1800s and features a steampunk-themed Batman in pursuit of a dangerous killer showing no signs of slowing down. Night after night, the bodycount grows and despite his best efforts, the people of Gotham become convinced that Batman and Jack the Ripper are one in the same. To quote another famous Batman story, “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”
Can Bruce Wayne find Jack the Ripper before he’s caught and wrongfully imprisoned?