Batman '39 takes an observational glimpse at what life would have become of the dark detective had he begun abreast of the twentieth century. Examing him psychologically, as he introspectively looks into his own inner workings, analysing while also criticising his work and self. Suffering from dissociative identity disorder throughout, which both breaks and heals him mentally. Helping the urge to go onto save his city at its time of crisis, with the Great Depression wretchedly descending upon it, increasing crime and suicide levels to distressing new peaks.
Others also have been introduced within the tale, given new angles, motives and details that wouldn't and hadn't been allowed in a fair amount of other universes before. From Returns Kelley, displayed as a wannabe sidekick that Bruce condemns from following in his footsteps, in fear that some drastic predetermined course would bestow upon her. To a Victor Fries without his illness or suit, owning an ice dispensary factory, where the skeleton of his wife is kept in storage, within a sculpture of ice. This gives an opening for fresh literature.
More elements to the plot are the detective aspects to the vigilantes themselves, which are exposed often. Less action centralized scenes. And small but clever schemes brewed by the criminal masterminds, that unravel in ruby heists, to arson. These are definite opposites to the world dangers other stories take to quickly, making it keep quite well to its noir theme and deserved tone. Another part that will take centre stage later is the Second World War, that is looming in the months ahead, bringing more dread and tension to the plot.
Well written, and containing a lot of content, this is one of the classics that just cannot be missed.
Created by; Payne. On the; 26th of February, 2013.