Batman “Dark Allegiances” is an Elseworlds one-shot graphic novel written and drawn by Howard Chaylin, published by DC Comics in 1996.
Howard Chaykin is one of my favorite writers, and I believe to be one of the best writer/artist in comic book history.
I’m a big fan of the Elseworlds graphic novels. Though obviously out of continuity, they are a great introduction to any principal character, and they inevitably present the hero at their pure essence. Elseworld titles were often my first introduction to many major DC characters.
Howard Chaykin is best known for pushing the boundaries of the medium, whether it be explicit violence, sexuality provocative or extremist theologies.
I really enjoyed Dark Allegiances, a Batman tale set in the late 1930s, with World War II looming. It’s a very political tale, which I don’t mind, and the use of real people (ie: Adolf Hitler) and references of the time, represent much thorough and loved research by Chaykin of that era.
It’s not for everyone. It’s quite wordy, maybe too intellectual, with a message perhaps too subtle for some. Simply, for mature minds only.
7.5 out of 10.