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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight - The Kryptonian Age #1 (of 12)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

The new era of Elseworlds kicks off with the return of its crown jewel, the mysterious and gothic world originated by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola!

When a mysterious meteor falls on the wide-open plains of the Midwest, it will unleash a chain of events that find Gotham’s bizarre Batman contending with not just the twin threats of the Catwoman and a mysterious international assassin but also the emergence of superhuman beings beyond all comprehension!

This sequel series expands the 19th-century DC Universe beyond the confines of Gotham City, showcasing bold new visions of once-familiar heroes…

Do not miss it!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
38 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    The Batman Universe

    All in all, this is a brilliant opening issue that shows the creative team’s skill in not only making an entertaining comic, but also intelligently exploring ideas about wealth, industry, and power. Not to mention some of the best art we’ve ever seen in an Elseworlds story. Do not miss this one.

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    Getting these Batman period pieces are a lot of fun, and the team explodes onto the scene by showcasing a heart-pounding heist and a breathtaking entry into the Batman lore. Starting with almost a cliffhanger in the opening pages has me excited to see how everybody will tie together in the coming issues.

  • 95


    It’ll be hard for anyone who enjoyed Gotham by Gaslight not to like Gotham by Gaslight: The Kryptonian Age #1. Every character genuinely feels like they belong in the same sorrowful world, and the dialogue plays into those very same themes. Issue #1 is essentially two issues already, making it undoubtedly worth the cost, time, and attention.  Just as Gotham has always been dark, Gotham by Gaslight always plays on the same Victorian atmosphere brilliantly, and The Kryptonian Age is no exception.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This is a wildly ambitious first issue that packs a lot into its thirty or so pages—maybe too much. But it does its job of getting me interested in spades. This has always been one of the most ambitious DC Elseworlds, and it’s full of potential for a longer series.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    I really enjoyed the mystery in this issue and how it potentially connects to Superman. There are some interesting threads being created throughout the story while also crafting a great environment for this story to thrive in. I really enjoyed this world previously and Diggle does a fantastic job of bringing me back to it with a story that hits at everything I enjoyed about Gotham by Gaslight. I look forward to seeing where this story goes next.

    Fernandez beautifully captures the dark, desolate and gilded world of Gotham in this issue. I love the visual contrast between high society and the reality of the streets. The action is also beautifully detailed.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    Fernandez delivers a story that reintroduces the readers to this delightful world while bringing a brand-new take on this concept that makes for an exciting entry that thrives on its pulp environment it doesn’t, however, hold a candle to the original and while Diggle himself is a great writer, he’s no Brian Augustyn. Still, I’m willing to see where this story goes even if this opening issue didn’t exactly leave a strong first impression.

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Overall, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – The Kryptonian Age #1 is a thrilling first issue that sets the stage for a clash between two iconic characters in a unique Elseworlds setting. Pick it up if you’re a Batman fan or if you enjoy Elseworlds stories. If you haven’t read the original Gotham by Gaslight, it might be worth checking that out first for a deeper understanding of the world and characters.

  • 85

    Comic Watch

    Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – The Kryptonian Age #1 has the potential to be an interesting chapter in the further exploration and expansion of the DC Universe set in the Victorian Era. The issue introduces many threads that will hopefully be woven together to give readers and fans a story worthy of the Elseworlds.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    The sense of scale is dazzling in the writing and stunning visuals. Batman: Gotham By Gaslight – The Kryptonian Age #1 can drag and take its time to sink its teeth into the situation, but the second half is filled with adventure and character interactions. The characters are fleshed out, with details and depth that aren’t noticeable within just the first few panels of their appearances.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    I’m no Johnny Cash, but the train that the League of Shadows is assaulting Batman on is a pretty bloody mess.  I can’t wait to see how THIS Batman gets out of his current state of staring down Talia’s blade. Batman: Gotham By Gaslight – The Kryptonian Age #1 was clever, so let’s see how the introduction of some new wrinkles leaves this universe on the edge of its seat.

  • 75


    I love Elseworlds. Am I happy it’s back? Yes, absolutely. Am I worried? Also yes. It’s fairly obvious to see the cash-grab possibilities inherent with bringing back an old imprint. People buying into it for nostalgia as well as getting new fans onboard is a sure fire way to make money without necessarily having to make it good. This first issue was good, and if it keeps up, will certainly instil a confidence for this revamped title. Tl;Dr: Loved the art, the story ended too soon. Hopefully next month’s issue can give us a bit more to chew on.

  • 75

    Graphic Policy

    The original Gotham by Gaslight is a modern classic. It’d be difficult for Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – The Kryptonian Age #1 to come close to it. It’s not bad in a vacuum but for the hyped return of Elseworlds as well as this beloved setting, it doesn’t hit it out of the park. Where the issue, and where Elseworlds will have trouble, is that alternate takes on worlds and characters are a dime a dozen at this point. It’s not special like it used to. Indicating the line of comics is a solid choice, but, much like this debut, they’ll have a difficult road ahead to stand out.

  • 70

    Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – The Kryptonian Age, written by Andy Diggle and illustrated by Leandro Fernandez with colors by Dave Stewart, is a grand return to the first Elseworlds story, featuring a number of familiar characters making their first “Gaslight” appearance. On its own, the comic is an enjoyable pulpy read, but this new miniseries is a bit of a stepdown from the heralded original Gotham by Gaslight and its equally enjoyable sequel.

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman: Gotham By Gaslight – The Kryptonian Age #1 brings readers back to the Gotham By Gaslight Elseworld, with a setup that implies Earth and Krypton have a hidden history. The art and basic premise feel authentic to the Victorian Age, so Gotham By Gaslight fans will enjoy the aesthetic, but readers will be disappointed with the almost total lack of anything Kryptonian in this first issue to get you excited.

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