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Graphic Novel Review: "Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" by Neil Gaiman

Natalie is a writer who works at her local library. She enjoys writing reviews, watching anime and TV shows, and playing video games.

"Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" graphic novel cover

"Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" graphic novel cover

Quick Info

  • Author: Neil Gaiman
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Published: Hardcover: July 21, 2009; softcover: August 3, 2010
  • Page Count: 144
  • Availability: Hardcover, softcover, and digital on Amazon streaming on DCUniverseInfinite

Story Summary

Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader is a graphic novel by Neil Gaiman. After the events of Batman: R.I.P., Batman is dead, and friends and foes alike have come to pay their respects. Bruce is there in spirit and attends his own funeral.

People tell stories about how he lived, their relationship with him, and how he died.

This Story Is Fun

This story is a fun and interesting way to look at Batman’s life from the point of view of both his allies and his enemies. The stories they tell are entertaining and lively.

The two main issues by Neil Gaiman are great, and the other stories are great too, but there’s too much filler in the softcover graphic novel of this book because they didn’t want to sell you two issues.

I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot, and it’s a fascinating one to read. The story was well done, and the characters are entertaining. But Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader is not just about Batman; it also has some side stories about normal people in Gotham who doubt Batman’s existence and even the existence of the supervillains like the Joker.

Batman and Catwoman talk about their relationship.

Batman and Catwoman talk about their relationship.

The Art Is Nice

The artwork for the main story looks nice, and Andy Kubert did a good job drawing everything, but the artwork on the side stories is not as good.

Andy Kubert’s art is well done, and I enjoyed the illustrations for the main story and the character designs.

The artwork is different among the various artists for the different issues in the trade paperback. The art is excellent, but it’s weird due to the inconsistency in style because several different artists were involved.

Overall, the artwork does look good, but the newer art looks better than the art in the older issues in this graphic novel.

The Comic “Origins #36” Is Not on DCUniverseInfinite

I borrowed this graphic novel from my local library a long time ago, but I decided to reread it using DCUniverseInfinite since I’m subscribed to the service to read comics without buying so many paperback graphic novels.

You’ll have to borrow the book from your local library or buy it to see the issue that’s not available for streaming on DCUniverseInfinite.

The Main Story Is Too Short

I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot, but the main story is a little too short, and the side stories take up a third of the space in the book. Because the main story is short, I didn’t feel like this was a must-have, must-own graphic novel. I borrowed it from the library, and while I enjoyed it, it just didn’t feel like it was one of those graphic novels that I would want to re-read.

If you just want the Neil Gaiman stories, it does feel like a rip-off because there are only a few issues in this graphic novel that are written by him.

I’d recommend reading Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? on the DCUniverseInfinite app and website because you can just read the issues by Neil Gaiman without reading the filler stories.

Heroes and villains attend Batman's funeral.

Heroes and villains attend Batman's funeral.

Reader Poll

The Story’s Good, but There’s Too Much Filler

I enjoyed Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? a lot; it was a wonderful story. It was a fun introspective on Batman as a character and showed what the people around him think of him.

It was an enjoyable story because that shows an interesting fat for Batman—what happens when he dies. I appreciated this fun and entertaining story.

The story isn’t perfect, and it feels too short for what they make you pay for if you buy the hardcover or the softcover, but it’s worth borrowing the graphic novel from your local library if you want to read it (if they have it in your library system).

Quick Summary

What WorksWhat Doesn't Work

Great stories, characters, and world-building

Too many filler stories in the paperback and hardcover

Good art by various artists

The graphic novel is expensive if you only want to read the Neil Gaiman stories

An interesting look at Batman and who he was

"Origins #36" isn't available on DCUniverseInfinite

If you like Neil Gaiman’s writing you should definitely buy the book or at least borrow it from your local library.

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My Grade: B

Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? is a well-written graphic novel. I liked the story Neil Gaiman had to tell, and it was a unique and entertaining Batman story.

Andy Kubert’s art is fantastic, the story is solid, and I enjoyed re-reading it after a long time. The artwork didn’t look that good on the side stories, probably because they weren’t illustrated by Andy Kubert.

I recommend Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? if you want to read a good Batman comic. It’s a great book but not quite worth the money to pay for the book when you can read it for cheap via a DCUniverseInfinite subscription.

The graphic novel is kind of expensive, even for the softcover, so I think you should just read it with a subscription rather than buying the entire book. If you can borrow it from your local library, I would recommend that.

I first read this story for free, and I never felt I needed to buy the book, but I did enjoy rereading it via DCUniverseInfinite, and it was a fun read and an entertaining Batman story. You won't be able to read it completely on DCUniverseInfinite because "Origins #36" isn't up on the website and app, which is disappointing if you just want to read the stories but you don't want to purchase a physical or digital copy.

If you like Neil Gaiman’s writing, you should definitely buy the book or at least borrow it from your local library. While I think he’s a great writer, he’s not one of my favorites, so I’m not buying his book.

My Rating

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