Batman: Li’l Gotham #1
DC Comics (comiXology release October 31, 2012)
WRITERS: Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs
ARTIST: Dustin Nguyen
LETTERER: Salda Temofonte
EDITOR: Sarah Gaydon
This comic was released with the second issue in print form. I picked up the Halloween ComicFest special edition and reviewed it back in 2013. The review below comes from that printing, minus the second story’s review.
When I first heard of this series I thought it was going to be more like Tiny Titans and just be a series of mis-adventures rather than a crimefighting series or that the whole cast was re-imagined as kids like the “Gotham High School” concept that was being shipped around. Instead, it’s a fun little superhero series. Batman and Robin fight bad guys. It’s just the criminals aren’t blood-seeking psychopaths. I’m not sure about treating a Halloween story like it’s a Christmas story, but it was too fun for me to care.
(Updated thoughts: Damian Wayne was dead at the time this story came out in print but I’m not sure he was when the digital version came out. I didn’t know that at the time. Not that it matters since he no longer is because comics. The story has Batman teaching Robin about Halloween and it’s a cute little story.)
I think this started out as a digital-first comic, but while I might have picked up a few issues with a real income, if only for review purposes, I probably won’t be tracking this one down at this time. That said, it’s a fun series with a lot of heart and perfect for an all-ages introduction to Batman. Except that the Robin in this story is dead in the main continuity, but that’s on the New 52’s head.