In what could very easily be mistaken for a BBC period drama, we’re introduced to Chief Inspector Abberline, who’s is desperate to catch the killer behind a string of grisly murders in 1888 London. But unknown to him, there’s someone waiting in the shadows, and he wants to help.
A steampunk-infused comic that pitted the Dark Knight against Jack the Ripper, 1989’s Gotham by Gaslight was DC Comics’ first — and, some would argue, best — Elseworlds story, inspiring a sequel, merchandise and nods in at least three video games. The alternate timeline created by Brian Augustyn, Mike Mignola and P. Craig Russell even rated its own world, Earth-19, within the DC Multiverse (last glimpsed in May in Convergence: Shazam! #2).
Everyone should start contributing to my secret island base and henchman pension fund, because as soon as I take over the world we’re getting a Victorian Batman series by Jeremy Bastian, in addition to Cursed Pirate Girl.