- What are your favorite elements in “alternate universe” stories, and are any of those elements present in this story?
It really plays with the alternate history far more than I remember it doing when I first picked this up. Like, there were plenty of times where I was confused as to what was going on, but it’s all eventually explained.
One of the big things it did was making who is extremely hinted to be but not explicitly said Jack the Ripper into the King of England and exploring what kind of horrific misogynistic nightmare that could be. That was very interesting and an appropriate villain for this take on Wonder Woman.
(As an aside, what’s funny about this is that with Multiversity, Morrison puts this story on Earth 19 with the Gotham by Gaslight Batman, who ALSO confronted Jack the Ripper.)
- What do think of the choice to tell a Wonder Woman story during the Victorian Era?
Victorian era is definitely an interesting place to take Wonder Woman, because it’s one of those eras that was typically not great for women overall, but was where women’s rights movements started to make their stride. I think some of the misogyny was ramped up to almost cartoonish levels at times, but considering, like I said, the villain of this is King Jack the Ripper, I guess that can be understandable. I kind of wish that Steve didn’t dive into that madness, maybe had more of a redemption arc, but I guess this was a time when Steve wasn’t really considered all that important.
- How do you feel about the art and the atmosphere it creates?
I think @msgtv nailed it with what the art was evoking and what they were accomplishing with it. I will say that it looked great in places, but I think with the printing process or the size of the pages, it sometimes felt hard to read/understand what was going on. There were a few points where even on my tablet, I had to go into panel view just to figure out what was on the panel.