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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight - The Kryptonian Age #2 (of 12)

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Universal acclaim

Based on 11 critic ratings.

Upon uncovering a mystery involving ancient relics, Batman must battle against Talia al Ghul and the League of Shadows for control of a dangerous weapon.

As court magician John Constantine whispers in the ear of Queen Victoria, and Professor Adam Strange explores the farthest reaches of the Antarctic, the strange rumors they’re all chasing about the lost Kryptonian Age of mankind begin to take on the ring of truth…

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
37 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    The second issue of Gotham by Gaslight: The Kryptonian Age is a remarkable feat of both storytelling and artwork. Blockbuster storytelling in no rush to get to the big reveal, issue #2 is filled with action and surprises as the Victorian take on the DCU continues to expand its already global scope.

  • 100

    The Kryptonian Age continues to expand, as several familiar faces make their first appearances in the “Gotham by Gaslight” era. A mystery is unfurling and attracting numerous forces, ranging from the League of Assassins to Bruce Wayne to the Queen of England herself. I’ll admit that this is a fascinating issue, one that touches on some of the eldritch and pulp leanings of the “Gotham by Gaslight” world, but also suggests that things are more complex than meets the eye.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    There is a lot going on in this issue, even more than the first issue, with Bruce barely surviving a massive attack on top a speeding train and trying to piece the puzzle together with Julie Madison back at the mansion. But my favorite subplot here had to be the one involving John Constantine – here an eccentric spiritual advisor to Queen Victoria, who is unamused by her antics, especially when he breaks into the castle to warn her of a coming catastrophe. His brashness earned him a meeting with the hangman – which turns out to be a feint to allow him to be legally dead and now fully deputized by the crown to investigate these spiritual matters. It’s a perfect role for Constantine, who comes off even more gloriously unhinged in the 19th century than he does in the modern day. This is a maxi-series, unlike the previous two one-shots, which is good – because there is a lot of story to explore here.

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    Batman: Gotham by Gaslight The Kryptonian Age #2 builds off the mystique of issue #1 as the team delivers a cinematic feeling mixed with intense action sequences and introduces compelling and interesting characters. This issue has fully sucked me in as I cannot wait to see where we go as it appears they will not be staying in Gothams playground only.

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – The Kryptonian Age is Andy Diggle further expanding the world of Earth-19 and continues the slow burn of the story, introducing this Earth’s versions of well-known character, while at the same time building the mystery and groundwork for the reveal of what the Kryptonian Age is and why so many different factions want to control and possess the artifacts from it.

  • 90


    Gotham by Gaslight: The Kryptonian Age #2 is an immensely enjoyable comic that offers a serious bang for your buck. Every panel offers unique colors and art that helps to paint a real picture of a well-developed world. More characters are slowly filling this universe, and the growing sense of mysticism and magic seriously adds to an otherwise melancholy reality. It’s always fun to see the Elseworlds franchises grow, and Gotham by Gaslight is getting more rewarding with each passing page.

  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Diggle beautifully fleshes out this world in a story that captured my imagination from start to finish. I love returning to this world and its characters as Diggle crafts a wonderful mystery that kept me engaged with every page and panel. I love that the world is expanding and how Batman’s involvement in this mystery takes new and unexpected turns. There is some great action in this story and I look forward to seeing where this tale goes next.

    Fernandez does a fantastic job of capturing the look of the previous adventures in this world while giving this one a unique and compelling look. A wonderfully detailed and visually engaging story.

  • 88

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Overall, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – The Kryptonian Age #2 is a thrilling continuation of the Gotham by Gaslight saga, offering a unique and action-packed story with a cliffhanger that promises an epic showdown. Pick it up if you’re a fan of alternate history and want to see Batman face a threat unlike any other. If you’re unfamiliar with the original Gotham by Gaslight, you might want to start there first.

  • 84

    Batman on Film

    Good storytelling and artwork (by Leandro Fernandez channeling Mike Mignola a bit) are at hand here and I like it so far.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Okay… Batman: Gotham By Gaslight: The Kryptonian Age #2 is the first issue where we get a mention of the World’s Finest. Now, is that the third member of the Trinity we see clues dropped on us? Green Blood?  These artists have their finger on the pulse of the Gaslight era. However, the last frame of the comic will make me mark my calendar for the next issue!

  • 65


    More of a mixed bag this time. I am intrigued by all the story elements, really I am. They just move on too quickly for me to be invested in any great detail. The art is fantastic and a good-looking book will keep me reading. You need good writing to make it memorable. Reading this as Absolute Power comes out is quite fitting. Good-looking books, with writing that lets it down. I know set-ups can be a risky bet. Here’s hoping the next one can cash in the chips.

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