Batman is arguably the world’s most well known super hero (suck it up, Superman). But in Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, which was written by Neil Gaiman-penciled by Andy Kubert-and inked by Scott Williams, we’re faced to confront a world without Batman. Yes, you heard it right here, Batman is dead.
Throughout this 128 page graphic novel, we’re offered alternate tales as to why Batman is now dead. Perhaps the most shocking is Alfred’s tale. (For those of you not up on your Batman history, Alfred is Bruce Wayne aka Batman’s longtime servant) You’ll never look at Alfred in the same way again.
We get to see many of Batman’s arch rivals attending his funeral. It’s odd seeing Two Face, The Joker, and all of the bad guys sitting together in a room mourning Batman. They all look so sad. It’s almost as if they needed him to survive. Quite a unique spin on the typical superhero tale.
In the end, Batman’s reward for dying is simple. He doesn’t get Heaven or Hell. I won’t ruin it for you, but I will leave you hanging with a quote from the end of the book:
“ Do you know the only reward you get for being Batman? You get to be Batman.”
(The book ends with three other Neil Gaiman penned Batman stories. They’re not related to the main story, but I highly suggest you check them out)