to take characters we all know and put them in places and stories they would never really be a part of. This story in particular is set in the 1800's and is based on Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein". If there ever was a character in the DCU that would adapt well to that story it would be Batman. An in my opinion this book is a very well done and one of the best in the Elsewords stories.
Bruce Wayne is riding with his family when they are stopped by a robber on their way home. In the moment this happens Bruce's father and mother is killed and Bruce vows vengeance right then. Fast forward and a grown Bruce is a respected member of the scientific community. That is until Bruce begins experiments that might not go well with the college he is a member of. In fact these experiments may lead to the creation of a creature that haunts the night looking for oppressors to oppress. This may also lead to the man that killed his family.
I love the take on Frankenstein here and that Bruce is actually not Batman in this story. He is the good doctor
that creates the Bat-Man after finding his fathers brain in under the college. When I first picked this up years ago I didn't know what to expect but judging from the cover and art work I knew it was serious. Sometimes it is cool for a comic to not take itself seriously and that includes Batman from time to time but this was not one of them.
Bo Hampton's art here fits perfectly with the story that is told and gives that old school kinda gothic feeling that the actual novel is known for. It is dark and full of atmosphere and adds so much to the story. As for the story, that is brought to us courtesy of Jack Harris who spins Mary's story into the DCU using Batman. This is one of those books that is close to perfect in my opinion. I am a huge horror fan and a huge comic fan so the meshing of the two here is excellent.
I am not sure if this is the best in the Elseworlds stories but it is really a good one. The way the Bruce Wayne story is told is very much like his original but in a different time. I would recommend this book to any comic, Batman, Frankenstein, or horror fan out there. Also I would recommend checking out all the other Elseworlds books; they are cool takes on all your favorites out of the regular DCU.