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Batman: Li'l Gotham #1 - Halloween Review


DC's new digital book features Batman and Robin in Dustin Nguyen's signature style enjoying Halloween.

BATMAN: LI'L GOTHAM is a digital book available on Comixology app/website for the price of 99 cents. This is not available in print form currently. However, many of the digital DC books eventually make it into a printed collection.

The Good

This book is made to fit your tablet or phone. You won't have to jumble around, rotating the screen to get it to fully use the screen. This book uses the space incredibly well. Now, because of the fact it's a digital book and it's a bit cheaper, you're obviously getting a bit less than a traditional comic book. You get roughly half as much; however, the story fits into this smaller format very well. Think of this book more of a comic strip than an actual comic book, and you'll enjoy it a whole lot more.

How long have fans been waiting for this? Ever since we first saw Dustin Nguyen draw the characters of Gotham in his "Li'l" style, fans have been clamoring for this book, and it's finally here. LI'L GOTHAM does not disappoint.

This book works well for kids as well as for adults. We get some great messages for kids about being nice to one another, and we get some little quips that are pretty darn funny, from an adult perspective. It's a book you and your child/niece/nephew/grandchild/brother/sister/etc can enjoy together. Some of the words within this issue may be a little beyond a young reader's grasp though. Keep that in mind. Writers Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs do a fantastic job here.

It's Dustin Nguyen's pet project. There's a lot of love here, when it comes to the art, and it shows. Artwise, this may be my favorite work he's done on a Batman book. It ranks right up there with STREETS OF GOTHAM and Heart of Hush. This is one colorful book which only adds to the feeling of fun. This is a great showcase of Dustin Nguyen having a great time with art.

The Bad

If you don't have a phone or a tablet capable of using the Comixology app, you're stuck reading it on the computer. To me, it loses a bit of its fun on the computer. There's just something a bit more satisfying about reading a comic on your phone or tablet.

The Verdict

If you're a fan of Dustin Nguyen's art, buy this book. Seriously, it's only 99 cents. You'll have a dumb smile on your face the entire time you read it. This book is a fantastic showcase of Dustin Nguyen's love for the world of Batman. It's great for kids as well as adults. The only down side I saw to this issue was that it's currently only digital. I know quite a few people only want to read physical books, but if anything, this is a good "gateway drug" into digital.

Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

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Posted by Crash_Recovery

I just bought this based on your recommendation, didn't even know it was coming out. Thanks so much for the tip.

This is the best $1 you can spend on a comic. I haven't smiled this much reading a Batman book in...ever.

Posted by Cavemold

loved it as well only wish there was print version of it. 99 cents for cute and yet funny comic. Yes please. Thanksgiving is next. I hope they collect all of the holidays books in a trade. Seems like a logically choice to me

Posted by BatWatch
Posted by B_Heart

Did not know this was coming out digital only. Looks FUN! Will have to pick this up asap

Posted by xAnimosity

Is this a 1 shot or on going?

Posted by Mbecks14

LOVED IT! I'd pay the full $3.99 for a physical copy of a full length book

Posted by inferiorego

@xAnimosity said:

Is this a 1 shot or on going?

On going. The next issue will be out for Thanksgiving.

Posted by Metric_Outlaw

@xAnimosity: It said on the last page the next issue would be out on Thanksgiving. I am assuming it'll revolve around holidays.

Posted by RedOwl_1


Posted by Nerd Of A Hero

I'll give this a shot when I get a chance

Posted by Crash_Recovery

Just to stir up the hardcore Stephanie Brown fans... did anyone notice the recoloring of the Batgirl in the upper left corner of page 7?

She was a blonde Steph Brown Batgirl, but since yesterday has become a brunette. I could care less but I know some people will be foaming at the mouth over this. :)

Posted by djetter0801

A nice comic to sit back and relax with. Have a laugh or two. And enjoy.

Then become mad when you see that the Steph Brown Magic Eraser applies here, too.

But it still didn't take away from the fun that was the comic.

Edited by Raw_Material

This comic is soo funny at it is, just looking at the cover of the first issue. Little mini-mes of Gotham City's heroes and villains going at it. Can't wait for the apex of this story arc! lol!