Webcomic: Li'l Gotham

A digital comic series that debuted in October of 2012 and ended in December 2013, published by DC Comics, written and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen and co-written by Derek Fridolfs. Basically a Lighter and Softer version of the DC Universe, centering on the Batman-specific parts of it and involving cuter character designs. As of 2013, there is no overarching plotóthe issues are unrelated to each other, and generally center around holiday dates such as Halloween, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo, etc.

The story isn't currently in line with the New 52—or for the record, any other Batman continuity. Nightwing has his original blue costume, Barbara is still Oracle, all of the Robins live in Wayne Manor, etc.

The comics can be found on DCís digital comics website at 99 cents an issue here.

ííLiíl Gothamíí shows examples of the following tropes:

  • All Women Love Shoes: Both Catwoman and Harley Quinn pack huge amounts of shoes to go on vacation.
  • An Ice Person: Mr. Freeze, of course.
  • Anti-Villain: In-keeping with the lightheartedness of the series, almost every villain qualifies.
  • The Cameo: In Issue #17, them dang Winchester boys, Cas, and Death.
  • Captain Colorbeard: Captain Greenbeard, an ocean-going version of the Joker.
  • Christmas Episode
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Robinís masks. Dickís is blue, Jasonís is red, Timís is black, and Damianís is green.
  • "Far Side" Island: The Joker and Harley get stranded on one after the Joker sinks Greenbeard's ship in #8.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: The villains celebrate Halloween as the one day out of the year where they can go out and have dinner as themselves without getting strange looks.
  • Giant Mecha: Fittingly, in an issue that takes place in Japan.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Colin.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Katana makes one to every pun Damian makes while working on a case with her.
  • Lethal Chef: When the four Robins and Batman try to make dinner for Alfred. By the end of it, Batman is shooting at toast with a freeze ray, Nightwing is attacking Damian with a loaf of bread, and the room is filled with smoke. They also destroyed the oven.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than pretty much everything going on in the Batman comic line at the time it was made. And possibly everything before as well.
  • Mythology Gag: The overinflated Batman and Robin balloons in the Thanksgiving Day parade use the outfits from the Adam West show.
  • Not Me This Time: In an attempt to freeze the city during spring to preserve it, Mr. Freeze accidentally spills plant grow formula all over the wings of his airship. This ends up coating the city, and when all the ice melts Gotham is completely covered in plants. And poor Ivy had just gotten out of Arkham, too.
  • A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: Captain Greenbeard and his crew.
  • Similar Squad: The Joker and Harley Quinn are captured by the pirate Captain Greenbeard and his 'hench wench' Helena Queenie. On seeing them, Catwoman's reaction is:
    Catwoman: "Green", "HQ"... Don't I know you?
  • Super-Deformed: Everyone's drawn in a chibi fashion. Lampshaded in #2, when Damian derides a parade balloon's giant head as proportionally unrealistic.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: Robin gets his tongue stuck when he attempts to lick the ice cream cone of someone stuck in one of Mr Freeze's blocks of ice.
  • Treasure Map: The pirate Greenbeard plants treasure maps to lead unsuspecting tourists into his ambush. When they reach the spot, there is even a giant X painted on the ground.
  • Villainous Harlequin: Harley Quinn. Notable in that this is one of the few continuities post-New 52 where she actually sports the classic costume.
  • Walk the Plank: Captain Greenbeard makes Bruce Wayne do this.