Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? A graphic novel review

A graphic novel review written by: Lee Sonogan
(2009) Drama, Fantasy


“You don’t get heaven or hell. Do you know the only reward you get for being Batman? You get to be Batman.” ― Neil Gaiman, Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?

A two-part story featuring DC Comics character Batman. Written by Neil Gailman, the story is a last Batman story based after the stories from Batman R.I.P and Final Crisis. The overall concept of the story is Batman’s funeral with less action and more of everyone showing up. Remembering Batman, they all seem to think the details of his life and death was different. This story could be used for any future Batman story or live-action movie.

It was published originally in the final issues of the series Batman (#686) and Detective Comics (#853). Gaiman said about writing the story “It’s one of those things where they phoned me up and said, ‘This is what’s going to be happening with Batman. Would you like to write the last issue of Batman and the last issue of Detective Comics? And when they make an offer like that, you say yes,”.

This graphic novel also has extra short stories such as A Black and White World, Pavane, Original Sins and When Is A Door. Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? a Superman comic story written by Alan Moore and also Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed? was an inspiration to this story.

Awards and accomplishments:
  • 2010 “Best Comic” SFX Sci-Fi Award
  • 2009 British Fantasy Award for Best Comic/Graphic Novel.
  • 2009 Goodreads choice award for Graphic Novel.
  • 2010, it was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.

This was my first time reading anything from Neil Gaiman. I was recommend this book and Gaiman wrote The Sandman series I have wanted to read. Reading this graphic novel I want to check out more of Gaiman’s stuff. It shows Batman being reborn over and over again in well told stories. The artwork was the style of the eighties and seventies while still giving out a great modern look. While it has some recycled ideas it remains fresh full of philosophy and depth. I recommend this Batman story to people who have read the earlier stories mentioned in the first paragraph and people who have already read a lot of Batman.


“It doesn’t happen like this! Everybody, you put him in a death trap, he pulls something outta his utility belt and he’s away. Same bat time, same bat channel.”
― Neil Gaiman, Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?

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