The Doom That Came to Gotham can be a little tricky to find since it has never been collected as a trade, but it’s well worth the time to hunt down. Originally published as three prestige format issues at $4.95 each, the series can price up a bit these days due to the rarity of coming across all of the issues at the same time. The last set we had went for $30 and it moved quick. I’ve only had maybe one or two complete sets pop up in the past few years, so its safe to say most people hold onto their copies and never sell them back. While I would hope DC would publish a trade at no more than $19.99, I would personally be willing to pay a bit more just because the book is so awesome.
Set in 1928, Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham after finding the sole survivor of the Cobblepot Expedition in Antarctica. After witnessing some bizarre events and the horrible evidence of creatures from beyond, Wayne and his three wards Dick, Jason, and Tim are haunted by warnings of an approaching doom and a number of familiar villains all tainted by Lovecraftian horror.
If you’re a Batman fan and a Lovecraft fan then you’re pretty much required to check this out. Sometimes with Elseworld books the creators jam-pack as many familiar characters with no real thought of purpose or plotting, but with this story Mignola does a fantastic job of melding two completely separate mythologies into a new and disturbing creation. Ra’s and Talia Al Ghul, Killer Croc, Langstrom, Mr Freeze, Etrigan, and Harvey Dent are just some of the familiar faces thrown in and melded into a number of strange Lovecraftian concepts and creatures.
The story and scripting are well paced and have a great flow that would have otherwise been shunted if not given three issues to play around and expand the concept. Nixey’s art is top notch as well, oozing that familiar supernatural feel of Mignola’s Hellboy but lending a more organic and creepy physical aspect to the horror.
More proof that DC should bring back the Elseworld imprint and let creators experiment and go crazy with their characters.