Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite graphic novel authors. I have read Sandman and 1604. When I found out, he wrote a Batman novel, I knew I had to try to read it.

I grew up watching “Batman: The Animated Series” and the DC Animated Universe. I am very fond of “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited”. As a result, Batman is one of my favourite fictional characters, and my Batman will always be Kevin Conroy’s. I have read some of the Batman popular novels, but I have never been a true comic book reader.

This review is mostly about things that aren’t this graphic novel. There is not much to say about it really. It’s not bad, but it’s the kind of work you have to read for yourself.

This is a “last” Batman story. There won’t ever be one of those really, but it’s an interpretative work about the life and legacy of the Batman. I liked some of the moments and it was metaphorical at times. I think some true Batman fans will understand appreciate the sentiment behind it.

Not an essential Gaiman work, but interesting Batman appreciators.

Read September 21 2013.

2 thoughts on “Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? by Neil Gaiman

  • David Melik

    I read the ‘Batman: Whatever Happened to The Caped Crusader’ some years ago after I heard of (and read) the ‘Batman: R.I.P.’ story and was alarmed. I like the whole Justice League, and among heroines, of course Wonder Woman because she represents D.C., and is described as wise as a certain goddess of hers but paradoxically (except maybe for having the Latin-translated name of Artemis) appears more like the wise one (is described–dark-haired and sometimes grey-eyed) rather than the one of Cyprus (normally assumed to be flame-haired).

    • athena (Post author)

      Hi David. I’m not an expert on DC Comics and certainly not of Wonder Woman. I do like Batman though so I found the work interesting, but quite esoteric as well. The wise one is Athena of course. I think WW has attributes of either. Artemis was known as a Huntress so I could see that homage. Thanks for commenting.


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