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Batman: Li'l Gotham #24 - The Grand Finale Review

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It's always sad when a series comes to an end. But what an ending this one is.

The Good

This is the final issue in the digital first series of BATMAN: LI'L GOTHAM. There is still the printed versions and the trades coming but this is it. It's hard to believe the first chapter was just a little over a year ago. Each issue by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs has been a joy. But as the cliché states, all good things must come to an end. Of course Nguyen and Fridolfs give us the best ending posible.

Being the holiday season and each chapter centering around them, this issue does touch upon the Christmas-y time of year. Basically Damian is under house arrest, which isn't too hard to imagine why and Alfred takes the opportunity to try to enlighten Damian a little about the time of year and the meaning of family in the Bat-universe. That means we see several familiar faces included for a grand send off to the series.

This series has always had such a unique charm. Dustin Nguyen's art in this style easily warms your heart, regardless of which character is in the panel. Seeing even the fiercest or most evil characters will bring a smile to your face.

As a final issue, it was pretty much everything you could want at this time of year. I won't lie, I got sad over the mood and message of the story mixed with the fact that this is the end (especially the last we'll see of Damian).

The Bad

Of course the only bad thing is this is the last issue. Everything else was wonderful.

The Verdict

If you've never read a chapter of BATMAN: LI'L GOTHAM, you need to rectify that immediately. You definitely need to check out this final chapter (plus it's only $0.99!). Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs have done an amazing job on this series. Each chapter has been delightful, fun and flat out amazing. It's rare to see a comic, especially a Batman one, with so much heart. While there are still the printed issues and collected trades coming, this marks the end of a great thing. This was an brilliant issue and series. It gets me a little misty-eyed to think that this is it. All I can say is thank you to Derek and Dustin, as well as everyone at DC that allowed this series to happen.

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Edited by iceslick

@g_man: Hey Tony, do you think they will relaunch the series? I kind of don't want it to go. I actually enjoyed the series. I hope the sales were good for the series for them to relaunch. :-(

Posted by noj

The ONLY good thing about this series ending is that it gives me hope that Dustin Nguyen is moving onto a regular Monthly DC series. That being said it absolutely sucks to see this cancelled. It was great fun.

Posted by cobra88king8

sad to see the most fun series at DC end. I really hope they introduce more series that aren't constantly dramafilled and melodramatic

Posted by LyraFay

I can't wait to buy the trades of this!

Posted by Mucklefluga

This is ending? Whaaaaaaaaaaaat.

Edited by staypuffed

Waiting for the trade but it's a gruelling wait at that.

Posted by Psygarg

Since I found out about this title, it's been one of my favorite, I'm sure going to miss it, I hope some day it'll return!

Posted by scouts1998

why am i trade waiting for this?

Edited by iceslick

@g_man: I just finished reading it now. It was really funny read and now Batman has a 12 days of Christmas song instead of just Jingle Bells! Yay! :-) I hope this series return someday and or make a Lil' DCU. I'm definitely gonna get the TPB's in print when they come out.