Gotham by Gaslight BatmanAlternate universes tend to be a playground for writers, a place to let loose no kill character like Superman, a place for Spider-man to marry Black Cat, or heroes re-imagined in different scenarios – like Captain America if he lived during the Civil War.

This week were going to look at Batman but not the Batman we’re all used to, the Batman of Victorian times.

As usual Bruce Wayne born into a wealthy family in the city of Gotham. On the way home one day by horse and carriage the happy family encounter a highway robber.

Bruce loses his parents and put him on the path of becoming a crime fighter. For many years he travels the world learning skills which could help him in his battle against crime.

Eventually after spending some time with renowned shrink Sigmund Freud, Bruce decides to return, just in time for a serial killer to start running rampant of the streets of Gotham with a similar MO to Jack the Ripper; murdering women and sending body parts to the police.

These crimes has detective James Gordon stumped. Bruce returns by ferry to find his uncle and close family friend Jacob Parker returning him from his travels as well. When he returns to Wayne he finds a reluctant Alfred has kept his Batman costume ready for him all these years.

After a couple of jaunts as Batman, the killer ups his game.

With the strange killings beginning around the time Bruce has returned, the clueless Commissioner Tolliver has Bruce’s home searched and finds planted evidence implying he’s the killer. During his imprisonment Bruce uses all his detective skills to discover the true identity of the killer. With the aid of Alfred he breaks out of prison and hunts down the killer, Jacob Parker. Finally confronting Parker he admits his love for Martha Wayne and the jealously of his civil war ally Thomas Wayne.

He goes on to explain how these killings are un-healthly exercise in him imaging these woman as Martha laughing and rejecting him. The pair are interrupted by the police and Parker confess his crimes.

So now you understand why Victorian Batman is so cool.

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