Batman: Gothic |
by Grant Morrison, Klaus Janson
(DC Comics, 1992;
originally published in 1990 as
Legends of the Dark Knight #6-10)
The Batman uses superstition against criminals who are, while frequently mad and strangely garbed, still human. But in Gothic, Batman's foe is a 300-year-old Satanic monk. To make the situation even more unpalatable, we learn that young Bruce Wayne just happened to spend a portion of his youth enrolled at an English-style boarding school with that very same monk -- evil, unkillable and able to murder young boys without consequence -- as headmaster. Of course, the monk immediately recognizes the costumed Batman as the young boy he once menaced.
Worse still, the analytical crimefighter finds himself accepting ghosts, demons and dreams at face value. A key plot twist comes when Batman mistakenly plays a recording of his dead father, somehow mixed up with a collection of regional dialects, and the late Dr. Wayne discusses vacation plans for the very place Batman needs to go to solve the crime. Ugh.