This does look like just another Elseworlds story, but... it is very good; and far superior, for example, to the Batman films' origin story. There are no superheroics, or super-athleticism, no supreme mastery of the martial arts, or even a rubber/Kevlar costume. This is a man in a skin-tight costume trying to find out what happened to his murdered parents. There are no widescreen action sequences, though there is a bit of falling off buildings and swinging about with an accident-prone grappling-gun. The action is close and claustrophobic, just the way The Batman should be handled. This story could just walk off the page and on to a film or even television screen without loss of resolution or the need for an astronomical budget. The cast includes Detectives James Gordon, and Harvey Bullock, Barbara Gordon, Harvey Dent and his twin sister, Mayor Cobblepot, Lucius Fox the gadgeteer, and Alfred the S.A.S. butler. Gotham is in the grip of a crime syndicate, the police are in the pocket of the mayor, even Gordon, and Harvey Bullock is the only clean cop. The legend of the Batman begins here, in an excellent story, with superb script and art. I hope there is room in the New 52 for a sequel.