Batman
Taking place during Batman's early days of crime fighting, this new edition of the classic mystery tells the story of a mysterious killer who murders his prey only on holidays. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the clock as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that has the reader continually guessing the identity of the killer, this story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman's deadly enemy, Two-Face.

Batman Details

TitleBatman
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 1st, 1999
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781563894695
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Dc Comics, Batman, Superheroes, Fiction, Comic Book

Batman Review

  • Donovan
    January 1, 1970
    "I believe in Gotham City."The Long Halloween deserves its hype. It's a classic Batman story and belongs among the greatest like Batman Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, and The Killing Joke. I have to say, this is probably Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's best work. Loeb's writing is incredible. It definitely draws from Frank Miller's Batman Year One with its sense of noir, crime drama, mystery, and the addition of light horror. But largely The Long Halloween is, as the cover blurb says, "an epic "I believe in Gotham City."The Long Halloween deserves its hype. It's a classic Batman story and belongs among the greatest like Batman Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, and The Killing Joke. I have to say, this is probably Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's best work. Loeb's writing is incredible. It definitely draws from Frank Miller's Batman Year One with its sense of noir, crime drama, mystery, and the addition of light horror. But largely The Long Halloween is, as the cover blurb says, "an epic tragedy." Because we see Batman and Captain Jim Gordon fail, and most of all, District Attorney Harvey Dent descend into hell and madness. The story itself follows the serial killer Holiday and the tangled web of the Maroni and Falcone crime families. What's most fascinating and tragic is to watch Bats, Gordon, and Dent affected and irrevocably changed by Holiday and the destructive mafia war.Like Loeb's writing, Tim Sale's artwork here is the best I've ever seen. I really believe he draws Batman and his world better than anything else. Dark, angular, gritty, dramatic. Deep colors and brilliant use of light. Some of the rare artwork I'd love to have framed on my wall. There's also a fantastic visual contrast between Bruce Wayne and Batman. Bruce, although big and tall, is similar to Clark Kent. Amorphous and stoic, or emotionally haunted by his past as we see in one scene. Batman, however, is this gigantic looming figure with long sharp ears and sprawling cape, rippling muscles, growl and scowl. He's more monster than man, and it's brilliant to see. This is in my top 5 favorite Batman stories. It's also one of the subtlest, a sort of cousin to Batman Year One, with the addition of mystery and some horror. The story is riveting, the dialog is solid, and the artwork is incredible. If you're new to Batman or a longtime fan, you have to check this out.
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  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    January 1, 1970
    Batman: Me:What? 3 stars is good! It was way better than sucky bookBatman: Me:For reals Bats? Are we going to go there? This book had some draggy parts that bored me, but it did have Poison Ivy, The Riddler, The Joker, Catwoman and The Scarecrow..so it had some good stuff...but what the hell was with Soloman Grundy? He had no place in the frigging book. Plus the art made you look hot. Batman: Me:Now you are gonna grope me? Me:I could go for that. Batman: *image removed-censored* Me: Batman: Me:What? 3 stars is good! It was way better than sucky bookBatman: Me:For reals Bats? Are we going to go there? This book had some draggy parts that bored me, but it did have Poison Ivy, The Riddler, The Joker, Catwoman and The Scarecrow..so it had some good stuff...but what the hell was with Soloman Grundy? He had no place in the frigging book. Plus the art made you look hot. Batman: Me:Now you are gonna grope me? Me:I could go for that. Batman: *image removed-censored* Me:Ok weirdo...Are you really my husband in disguise?
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  • Jeff
    January 1, 1970
    If I met anyone that had never read a Batman book, this is probably the one I would recommend. This is the quintessential Batman story. The volume revolves around mobsters being murdered on each holiday and takes place early in Batman’s career. It’s a vehicle for Harvey Dent’s transition from Gotham City district attorney to Two-Face. Dent along with Captain Gordon and Bats (puts “Detective” back in DC comics) attempt to figure out who’s the killer.It features most of Batman’s rogue’s gallery If I met anyone that had never read a Batman book, this is probably the one I would recommend. This is the quintessential Batman story. The volume revolves around mobsters being murdered on each holiday and takes place early in Batman’s career. It’s a vehicle for Harvey Dent’s transition from Gotham City district attorney to Two-Face. Dent along with Captain Gordon and Bats (puts “Detective” back in DC comics) attempt to figure out who’s the killer.It features most of Batman’s rogue’s gallery (where the heck did Solomon Grundy come from?) before they went super-mega villain. In this respect, it shares the same vibe as Batman: The Animated Series - relatively simple stories sans other superheroes, aliens, Omega Sanctions, etc.
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  • Dan Schwent
    January 1, 1970
    Someone is killing off associates of Gotham City's crime lord, Carmine "The Roman" Falcone but only only holidays. Can Batman, Commissioner Gordon, and Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent stop Holiday before the entire Falcone crime family is dead?I first read Batman: The Long Halloween in that mythic time before I felt compelled to write reviews for everything I read. I didn't care for it at the time but when a copy fell into my lap last week, I decided to give it another go.Batman: The Someone is killing off associates of Gotham City's crime lord, Carmine "The Roman" Falcone but only only holidays. Can Batman, Commissioner Gordon, and Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent stop Holiday before the entire Falcone crime family is dead?I first read Batman: The Long Halloween in that mythic time before I felt compelled to write reviews for everything I read. I didn't care for it at the time but when a copy fell into my lap last week, I decided to give it another go.Batman: The Long Halloween is a 13 issue murder mystery. Someone is knocking off criminals with a .22 pistol and Batman and the law are stumped. Who is Holiday, aka The Holiday Killer, and why is Catwoman nearby every time Batman tries to investigate The Roman? And what does Calendar Man have to do with it? And what's up Harvey Dent's ass? All of these questions and more are answered over the graphic novel's nearly 400 pages.I don't normally go for retellings of stories I already know but The Long Halloween fleshed out a chapter in Batman's early days, Harvey Dent's transformation into Two-Face. While Tim Sale's artwork isn't my favorite, its cartoony, moody, dark feel perfectly suited the story. I've never been a huge fan of Jeph Loeb but he did a great job here. The mystery was great and even solveable if you were paying close attention. I wasn't and was surprised by the reveal, even though I read the Long Halloween before back before the world moved on.The Christopher Nolan Batman movies borrow a lot from the Long Halloween. I once said Grant Morrison's Batman felt the most like movie Batman but I think I'm going to have to issue a retraction for that. The Batman in Long Halloween IS the Batman from the Christopher Nolan trilogy.I will say that some of the story felt like filler. The bit with Poison Ivy was a little unnecessary and the whole Sofia Falcone Gigante thread could have been cut. It felt like the book was slightly stretched to fill thirteen issues instead of twelve. Those are pretty much my only gripes with it. Batman felt more like a detective in this and less an uber-prepared scientist super soldier, as it should be.Batman: The Long Halloween is right up there with Batman: Year One in the upper echelon of Batman books. 4.5 out of 5 Batarangs.
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  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    January 1, 1970
    Comic books often deal with extremes; they deal with the extremely good and the extremely bad, highlighting the struggle between two opposites on the morality scale. One wishes to wreak havoc, hurt people and gain some form of gratification. The other wishes to save and restore order. The two are diametrically opposed, though sometimes in order to achieve the most ultimate form of good (or evil) one needs step into the opposite camp to reach their goals. The two are not so far apart as they may Comic books often deal with extremes; they deal with the extremely good and the extremely bad, highlighting the struggle between two opposites on the morality scale. One wishes to wreak havoc, hurt people and gain some form of gratification. The other wishes to save and restore order. The two are diametrically opposed, though sometimes in order to achieve the most ultimate form of good (or evil) one needs step into the opposite camp to reach their goals. The two are not so far apart as they may appear.Enter (and exit) Harvey DentOnce a stalwart protector of justice, Dent is now the merciless Two Face who executes without remorse trusting in the luck of a coin to decide the fate of his victims. He has become the exact opposite of who he once was, though in reality he is a bitter reflection of the world at large.Like Batman The Killing Joke this story shows us how easy it is to fall into chaos, madness and despair when you live in a city like Gotham. Batman’s detective work can only do so much in the face of such havoc. Heroes and Villains are separated by a very thin line. This is a non-stop detective drama that is pulp noir, dark and gritty: it is an excellent Batman comic.
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  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty decent volume, full of all the favorites and the beginning of Two-Face, featuring a ton of mobsters and everyone, including the villains and Batman, are bright and shiny and new. It's Year One for the DC line, and it's just fine. Coherent, fun, even having a bit of depth.I like the quality and it's a good story. I especially loved all the interactions with Catwoman. Other than that? It's just the classic Two-Face opener. :) Good mystery, interesting reveal. Solid.
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  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    This is my very first Batman comic. Apparently it's not too bad a place to start. I must admit I'm not too much into the big superhero comics but instead prefer independent comics (mostly because of the constant re-boots of universes etc).The Long Halloween is actually less of a superhero comic and more of a detective story. We have a bunch of mobsters such as Mr. Falcone and his Familia and on each holiday, someone dies. Thus, Batman (together with Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon) must This is my very first Batman comic. Apparently it's not too bad a place to start. I must admit I'm not too much into the big superhero comics but instead prefer independent comics (mostly because of the constant re-boots of universes etc).The Long Halloween is actually less of a superhero comic and more of a detective story. We have a bunch of mobsters such as Mr. Falcone and his Familia and on each holiday, someone dies. Thus, Batman (together with Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon) must find out who the murderer is. In between we have a number of runnings-in with other well-known characters such as Catwoman (who looked weird, so muscular in the outfit but slim in dresses). And we get the origin story of Two-Face which was nice.The artwork is not too much to my liking. Bruce isn't handsome, Selina has atrocious hair, there is the afore-mentioned weirdness of Catwoman, ... but in some way the edges actually work in delivering the story.
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  • Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
    January 1, 1970
    I’d been hearing great things about this the past few years (I’m a late comer to the game, what can I say?) The story is broken up by different holidays, some major and some I basically forget exist until they pop up during the year. All the stories connect as Batman works with Gordon and attorney Dent to try and figure out who the killer is, as he strikes during the holiday season, setting forth a solid detective battle. They investigate, contemplate, interrogate, make wrong guesses, get shown I’d been hearing great things about this the past few years (I’m a late comer to the game, what can I say?) The story is broken up by different holidays, some major and some I basically forget exist until they pop up during the year. All the stories connect as Batman works with Gordon and attorney Dent to try and figure out who the killer is, as he strikes during the holiday season, setting forth a solid detective battle. They investigate, contemplate, interrogate, make wrong guesses, get shown right ones, and – even better – the reader leaves the series knowing something Batman doesn’t. Not something that happens often. Usually the ‘great detective’ doesn’t get led astray.The writing is simple and direct, the story working because it shows the background political machinations of Gotham’s crime bosses and their twisted families who go from suspecting each other, fighting each other, to aiding each other. Throw in Batman’s well known villains like The Riddler with his side story that ties into the main one, Joker of course in his crafty goals to ruin holidays for the innocent, Poison Ivy using her seductive charms to reel in victims, and catwoman hopping around never revealing all the cards in her deck. We even get an appearance from Solomon Grundy, who I always had a draw toward since seeing him in animated series.Truth told, Joker’s story was one of the least impressive and is gotten out of the way early on. Poison Ivy had a starring role at times and ended up surprised me. The Riddler showed himself as a strong villain like always, but as a flawed one too. The story works to show the evolution of Dent as a main character from hero to wacked villain.The artwork is pulpy and fresh, fitting into the story well. Batman is menacing and a force to be reckoned with. Some of the deaths were surprising, many of them startlingly violent for this type of comic collection. Some of the holiday stories worked better than others, as I mentioned with Joker being weaker, and Mother's Day was particularly brutal - the grimmest of the group on a depressing level with Bruce and his mother memories.I’m noob level with comics and their stories, so my opinions shouldn’t weigh as much for this stuff as some of my fellow reviewers who have read more of these and know the faithfulness of the character’s stories, but as an outsider looking in I have to say this was a fun read and impressive. It lived up to the hype in my eyes and will be something I’ll re-read in the coming years.
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  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    In general, this might be the most quintessential Batman story ever. I wouldn't call it the best just yet, but definitely one of the most definitive. It captures a proper tone, rightfully grounding it as a crime epic and features almost all of the major bat-villains. It follows a tumultuous year early in Batman's career as a vigilante as he works with GCPD Captain James Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent to bring down the untouchable Carmine "The Roman" Falcone and his crime mob that rule In general, this might be the most quintessential Batman story ever. I wouldn't call it the best just yet, but definitely one of the most definitive. It captures a proper tone, rightfully grounding it as a crime epic and features almost all of the major bat-villains. It follows a tumultuous year early in Batman's career as a vigilante as he works with GCPD Captain James Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent to bring down the untouchable Carmine "The Roman" Falcone and his crime mob that rule the underworld of Gotham, all while contending with a mysterious serial killer that strikes on holidays. It was great seeing how this year takes a heavy personal toll on these three dedicated crime fighters and how it leads one of them down a darker path toward becoming one of the best Batman villains. Also, it's so impressive that Jeph Loeb is able to fit all of these characters into this story without it feeling TOO crowded. Some of the cameos felt a little silly but I always saw what Leob was attempting to do and I rolled with it. There were some things I didn't like though. I thought the art really detracted from the story and was downright ugly. And here's yet another example of a writer that doesn't understand the Riddler. There is a difference between jokes and riddles, and the Riddler is not a jokester. In the future, any writer attempting to depict the Riddler should take a look at what Scott Snyder did with the character in his New 52 run, or even what Tom King does in his recent shitty run. But story-wise, it truly is one of the best Batman tales and definitely kept me riveted. I would recommend it to anyone starting out with the character. Even Christopher Nolan used it as a major inspiration for his epic crime saga-inspired Dark Knight trilogy.
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  • Brandon
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this is a rarity.I honestly can’t remember the last time I re-read a book. Granted, this was a graphic novel, which is generally a quick read anyhow, but usually my cup overfloweth with new reads leaving me with little interest in re-reading stuff. Back in August when I was scheduling my reads for October (a.k.a spooky book month), I was perusing my shelf for some frightening fiction when I came across Batman: The Long Halloween. Given that I haven’t read this one in about eleven years, I Well, this is a rarity.I honestly can’t remember the last time I re-read a book.  Granted, this was a graphic novel, which is generally a quick read anyhow, but usually my cup overfloweth with new reads leaving me with little interest in re-reading stuff.  Back in August when I was scheduling my reads for October (a.k.a spooky book month), I was perusing my shelf for some frightening fiction when I came across Batman: The Long Halloween.  Given that I haven’t read this one in about eleven years, I figured it was time to revisit my (at the time) favorite Batman story.Over the course of one year, beginning on Halloween night, the story follows a new serial killer in Gotham dubbed “Holiday”.  He or she has been murdering those connected to the Falcone crime family and true to his or her name, is doing so only on holidays.  Batman, District Attorney Harvey Dent and Police Commissioner James Gordon form a trio with the goal of catching the crazed killer.After the urging of editor Archie Goodwin, Loeb and Sale picked up where Frank Miller left off with Batman: Year One telling the origin story of one of Batman’s most infamous adversaries, Two-Face.  The story of Harvey Dent will always be a tragic one and while I ultimately prefer Christopher Nolan’s version within the 2008 film The Dark Knight, it is clear Nolan borrowed heavily from this story (there are even panels that could be storyboards for the movie).I really love this story.  The art is gorgeous given its dark and moody presentation and the writing is some of the best I’ve seen in my experience reading The Caped Crusader.  It’s good to know that nearly eleven years after I first read the book, it still holds up as my favorite Batman story.  There were rumblings that in 2019, we could see the release of the long-awaited animated adaptation, but it doesn’t look like it’s on the table for next year.  Here’s hoping we get it soon (then again, you could just watch The Dark Knight).  DC may not get the live-action films right, but they rarely go wrong when it comes to the animated division.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    FINAL RATING: 4.25 STARS I made a promise to my parents that I would rid the city of the evil that took their lives. I wasn't really intending to read The Long Halloween, even when it was highly recommended to me by my comic book reading friends. I'm member of a Goodreads group that has Batman: Dark Victory as their next group read and I wanted to participate. However, it seems that Dark Victory is set after the events from The Long Halloween, so I was just fuck it, let's read this shit.I'm FINAL RATING: 4.25 STARS I made a promise to my parents that I would rid the city of the evil that took their lives. I wasn't really intending to read The Long Halloween, even when it was highly recommended to me by my comic book reading friends. I'm member of a Goodreads group that has Batman: Dark Victory as their next group read and I wanted to participate. However, it seems that Dark Victory is set after the events from The Long Halloween, so I was just fuck it, let's read this shit.I'm happy I did because this easily became one of my fave Batman stories. Well, to be honest, I liked all the Batman stories I've read so far, except for Hush. I did not like that at all, for reasons I don't even remember (I might revisit that at some point since it's from the same writer as this one).WHAT IS IT ABOUTThe Long Halloween follows Batman, Detective Gordon, and Harvey Dent as they try to figure bring down Falcone, while on the sideline, someone else is making a scene.Holiday was a serial killer who kills people every holiday. The killing started on Halloween, then every holiday since then. The surprising thing about the killings were that most of them were from the Falcone family. Who was killing them and why?THE CHARACTERSo the main characters we have are, of course, Batman (Bruce Wayne), Comissioner Gordon (who was a Captain here and not a Comissioner yet), Harvey Dent (if you're familiar with the name, you know this dude's fate most likely), the Falcones, the Maronis, and most of Batman's rouge gallery made an appearance here.It's always been told that Batman is a great detective. So far, this is the closest to a detective Batman has gotten ever since I started reading Batman, which isn't really too long ago. Given I've only read the current ones and none of the Detective Comics. Batman may look invincible when he's wearing the cape, but when he's Bruce Wayne, that's a different story, which I liked. This showed us how he isn't as invulnerable as we think he is.I feel that the characters were one of the strongest aspect of The Long Halloween. Although it is a Batman story, we also get to see other characters' lives, families, and their hidden agendas. You get to know these characters, villain or not, and understand where they're coming from. Of course, there are some that have more time to develop than others. But like I said, I liked that this wasn't just focused on Batman.MY BULLETED THOUGHTS ON THE LONG HALLOWEEN • Let's start with the illustrations. I wasn't a big fan of it - at first. Slowly, as I ease in to the story, I get to how it fits with what Loeb was trying to tell - a crime noir. Then I start to appreciate it along with the occassional black and white panels with a splash of color. • The Long Halloween isn't just about Batman. It is about the people of Gotham City: those who wants to protect it, those who has self-fulfilling motives, and those that just want to wreck havoc. • I loved the characters. Whether they were ones that were the main focus or not, Loeb did a good job fleshing them out, even for the secondary ones. One example of this was the Joker and the reason for why he intended to get in the way of finding the Holiday killer. He had a short role in the entire thing, but you do get where he was coming from. While this might be true for most, it can't be said for all of them, like with Poison Ivy. More could have been done for her. But my fear, if they do that, is the overcrowding of characters that would possibly end up not developing the main ones. So, i kind of get why she isn't fully developed. • The best part of The Long Halloween is the plot and its twists. It would leave you with this sense of amazement about how certain clues were right under your nose but you couldn't see it until the very end. The plot development is pretty strong and got me at the edge of my seat the entire time. • I am completely shipping Batman and Catwoman. Although, Catwoman's intentions are still unclear as of this point, but I still like them together. To be honest, they didn't have much scenes together, it's pretty surprising I ended up loving when they do share a panel. Their banters and the illustrations when they're at each other's throat sometimes looks passionate love. • This is a pretty long run. I think its about 13 issues. It works for the story. I'd hate to have that many issues with no substance. Fortunately, this one isn't like that. • Most of Batman's known villains are on here. You'd think the plot would become convoluted if this happens, but no, Loeb did a good job of using them in his narrative without making them cardboard cutout characters even with the limited time we got to see some of them. • Like I said, this is not without flaws. It has holes in the narrative when it comes with the identity of the Holiday killer. I appreciate the sense of mystery, don't get me wrong, but the big reveal towards the end just got me scratching my head because it did not make sense to me. Did it surprise me? Yes. Pretty much. But did it work? Not for me. It should have ended when it should. • Harvey Dent is a character I like and don't like. He is like the two sides of a coin (wink wink. see what I did there?). I liked him when the story was starting, but after a while, when the other things were happening, I didn't get the motivations for the things he did. Harvey is a good guy, no doubt about that, but I would have wanted to know what, when, and how he got pushed over the edge.FINAL THOUGHTSI feel like an idiot now for not reading this sooner. I should really trust my fellow comic book readers' recommendation every now and then to avoid missing gems like this one.If you like Batman in his detective-like form and not fighting the baddies all the time, then I highly recommend this. Not only does it have an intriguing plot, the way it molds each character is equally just as fascinating as the plot. If you can forgive a few things that doesn't make sense in the end, then I am 99% you'd love this too.
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  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Want to know exactly why this book is garbage, in detail? I wrote this article today about the many faults of The Long Halloween which you can read here. Let me know what you think!
  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of the three Batman comics which influenced the making of the movie BATMAN BEGINS. The sequel to that film THE DARK KNIGHT grabbed heavily from this particular graphic novel. It's something of an early years of Batman's time as he deals mostly with the mob and an avenger named Holiday who kills people during almost any holiday. There are some good connection setups between Batman, Gordon and Dent. Film noirish style as to the murders some would say.ARTWORK: B; STORY/PLOTTING; B plus This was one of the three Batman comics which influenced the making of the movie BATMAN BEGINS. The sequel to that film THE DARK KNIGHT grabbed heavily from this particular graphic novel. It's something of an early years of Batman's time as he deals mostly with the mob and an avenger named Holiday who kills people during almost any holiday. There are some good connection setups between Batman, Gordon and Dent. Film noirish style as to the murders some would say.ARTWORK: B; STORY/PLOTTING; B plus to A minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B plus; OVERALL GRADE: B plus; WHEN READ: early January 2012.
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  • Nicolo Yu
    January 1, 1970
    I almost didn't get this digital copy when ComiXology had its graphic novel sale for the holidays. I was leaning toward Batman: Hush, also by Jeph Loeb and with art by Jim Lee, but I already have that story in singles. It was best deal though, if it's measured in pages with a 353 page count. So I pulled the trigger on the purchase. I didn't regret it.The Long Halloween is probably the best work to come out from the collaboration of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. It's set in Year One of Frank Miller, I almost didn't get this digital copy when ComiXology had its graphic novel sale for the holidays. I was leaning toward Batman: Hush, also by Jeph Loeb and with art by Jim Lee, but I already have that story in singles. It was best deal though, if it's measured in pages with a 353 page count. So I pulled the trigger on the purchase. I didn't regret it.The Long Halloween is probably the best work to come out from the collaboration of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. It's set in Year One of Frank Miller, when Batman was still relatively new and seeking allies in his war against organized crime. It must have a pretty good outline if Loeb managed to secure the blessing of Miller himself. It's essentially a whodunit, with many suspects though the perpetrator isn't revealed until the last pages. Anybody could have been a suspect and Loeb provided clues in the pages. The twists and turns made it hard to guess who is the suspect, but as I said, Loeb provided the clues.Tim Sale drew masterfully here. Batman is probably the best character suited to his moody and emotional art. If rumor is to be believed, Sale is colorblind making his color choices even more incredible.This story does belong to DC Comics' essential library. This is definitely a must read for any comics fan.
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  • Andy
    January 1, 1970
    Every comic book artist thinks their interpretation of Batman is the best, but most of them are overdrawn. Tim Sale gets it – he’s one of the best Batman artists I’ve seen. I think he captures the insanity of the Mad Hatter and the Scarecrow so well, and his rendering of Batman is one of the best. I was listening to Amon Tobin’s “Out From Out Where” while reading “The Long Halloween” and the music fit the comic perfectly (especially “The Searchers”). Try it some time: I think Tobin should score Every comic book artist thinks their interpretation of Batman is the best, but most of them are overdrawn. Tim Sale gets it – he’s one of the best Batman artists I’ve seen. I think he captures the insanity of the Mad Hatter and the Scarecrow so well, and his rendering of Batman is one of the best. I was listening to Amon Tobin’s “Out From Out Where” while reading “The Long Halloween” and the music fit the comic perfectly (especially “The Searchers”). Try it some time: I think Tobin should score the next Batman movie.
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  • ✨The Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Batman for the holidays? What could be better?With an All-Star cast including Catwoman, Two-Face and Poison Ivy, this is definitely one of my favorite Batman comic series. Well illustrated, story is very well-thought-out and parts of it we're even made into a movie! This one definitely gets a two thumbs way up from me! Batman for the holidays? What could be better?With an All-Star cast including Catwoman, Two-Face and Poison Ivy, this is definitely one of my favorite Batman comic series. Well illustrated, story is very well-thought-out and parts of it we're even made into a movie! This one definitely gets a two thumbs way up from me! 👍😁👍
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  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    Warning! This is not strictly a review as much as me just loudly yelling into the void, so if your gentle soul can't handle some tasteful swearing, please avoid it at all costs.My second attempt at giving Jeph Loeb another chance failed spectacularly. This book is everything I ever hated about Jeph Loeb's writing: contrived plotting, horrible character work, unbearably bad dialogue, and the story that is so fucking dull and stupid that I would literally, honestly rather go and watch paint dry in Warning! This is not strictly a review as much as me just loudly yelling into the void, so if your gentle soul can't handle some tasteful swearing, please avoid it at all costs.My second attempt at giving Jeph Loeb another chance failed spectacularly. This book is everything I ever hated about Jeph Loeb's writing: contrived plotting, horrible character work, unbearably bad dialogue, and the story that is so fucking dull and stupid that I would literally, honestly rather go and watch paint dry in slo-mo instead of reading this bullshit. And don't forget his signature moves, like ripping off popular movies for plot and dialogue because this hack can't write to save his life, overstuffing his shitty comics with the entire rogues gallery of a given superhero because that would make his crap comic seem more exciting, and making it super fucking long (13 issues of this shit!) because that's how all the serious Graphic Novels roll.Jeph Loeb has been doing this shit in every comic book he ever wrote, as far as I can tell (fine, fine, except for Nova, which was so surprisingly good by his standards that I'm starting to doubt if he really wrote it himself, just like Chad and Anne are doubting that Lobdell actually wrote that new Red Hood book that they like). When Loeb is writing his own books though, we're subjected to reading shit like this: (click to enlarge this triumph of Loeb's writing genius)And wonderfully subtle inner monologue like this:And holy fuck, I'm not even going to attempt to break down the actual plot of this thing, because it's such a stupid fucking premise realised so poorly that it literally hurt my soul. My soul, man!I previously thought that Hush was the worst Loeb could do, but you know what? At least Hush looked amazing. You may or may not enjoy Jim Lee's aesthetics, but there's no denying that the man can draw like nobody's business just from the technical standpoint. What really baffles me the most about The Long Halloween though is, not only is it atrociously written, but Tim Sale's artwork is just So. Fucking. AWFUL. I feel like I've gotten into one of the biggest conspiracies in the comic book industry, because almost everybody actually thinks that the art here is great! Tell me, are you not seeing what I'm seeing? I mean, I knew I hated Sale's art even before picking up the book, but for the sake of giving it a second chance, too, I even tried the black and white edition, naively thinking that it would look better without the colouring. Oh boy, was that a mistake. Okay, tell me, do these horribly disfigured Bat-hands with a very fluid number of fingers look like good art?(sexy, btw)Maybe this Catwoman with a fucking six-pack, whiskers, a tail and a long cock is good art?How about Batman's pooping face?Or that Quagmire lookalike's seductive yawning face? And what is up with these guys? Are they all members of some club or something?But my absolute favourite is this Selina Kyle who looks exactly like Tim Curry in Rocky Horror Picture Show, I bet it's shit like that that won Tim Sale a motherfucking Eisner!Okay, that's it. I'm done. I could go on forever, but this horseshit doesn't deserve any more of my energy. Why is it so popular and highly-rated? I will never understand. It feels like as if everybody in the world thought that Tommy Wiseau's The Room was the greatest achievement in cinematography and screenwriting, because that's exactly how bad The Long Halloween is by comic book standards.
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  • Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ ✦
    January 1, 1970
    I won't lie. I had high hopes for this story. After all, it has been consistently placed in the Best Batman Stories lists, either as part of the Top 10 or Top 5 graphic novels you have to read. Comprised of thirteen issues, Jeph Loeb's The Long Halloween had great promise. It had all the right ingredients. We got Bruce Wayne just starting out his early years as Batman, and his partnerships with Commissioner Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent. We got the Falcone and Maroni crime I won't lie. I had high hopes for this story. After all, it has been consistently placed in the Best Batman Stories lists, either as part of the Top 10 or Top 5 graphic novels you have to read. Comprised of thirteen issues, Jeph Loeb's The Long Halloween had great promise. It had all the right ingredients. We got Bruce Wayne just starting out his early years as Batman, and his partnerships with Commissioner Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent. We got the Falcone and Maroni crime families in the spotlight, and a serial killer hunting the mobsters down using holidays as the common theme of this string of murders (hence earning him the name of the Holiday Killer). As a bonus, we also get appearances of the rogues gallery like the Joker, Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, Poison Ivy and Catwoman.However, that great promise I mentioned dwindled to unrealized potentials the closer I get to the supposed climax. Also, its commendable traits from the beginning such as the Batman-Gordon-Dent triad, mob involvement, serial killer murder mystery and rogues' gallery participation, look good in theory but REALISTICALLY SPEAKING the actual execution of all these elements together fell short. Being served by so many samplings in one sitting could cause indigestion, no matter how potentially good each serving should be.And that's mainly my problem with The Long Halloween. Much like Jeph Loeb's later work HUSH (which, granted, was more enjoyable in its approach than this one), this story suffers with putting so much material in its scope that it was pretty much inevitable for some of its parts to collapse under the pressure of the multiple baggage it struggles to carry along. I don't necessarily think this was a bad story, period. I believe that if you take each individual parts and separate them from the convoluted mess of its sum then what we get are compelling subplots that might have deserved their own separate arc altogether. But instead we get them all squeezed into one dragged-out arc that was unable to flesh out its main characters particularly Harvey Dent whom I did not connect with in any way, let alone be emotionally invested enough on his moral struggle and dissociation that his transformation as Two Face became meaningful to mourn about.Seeing this story having high ratings in Goodreads and scintillating reviews from common friends (save a noticeably one-star review from the mix) is a real head-scratcher for me at first especially when I was stuck in the seventh issue and found myself getting increasingly annoyed withe everything already. But after finishing it and thinking about what to write for twenty minutes or so, I realized that The Long Halloween is still a work that I suppose deserves its place in the top Batman stories because of the fact that it gave us Two Face's origin story, and that we were able to get the organized crime aspect of Gotham City explored and its enforcers like Carmine Falcone which Batman is also supposed to butt heads with, and not just duke it out with the likes of the Joker, etc. But those merits alone for me are really not enough to encourage newbie Bat-fans to pick this up at least not as a must-read. Maybe only as a passing suggestion. And that's a weak 'maybe'.The trouble is that, because of so many elements put together, everything is half-baked. The mob families are goddamn one-dimensional. I did not care if they get killed at all which defeats the purpose of whatever the vendetta the serial killer has in disposing , and why readers should look forward to solving these crimes. Batman feels the same, apparently, since it took the Holiday killer so close to completing his holiday-themed killing spree for either Batman and Gordon to solve it. Only it doesn't get solved, not really. In the most baffling twist, it turns out that there are THREE KILLERS with each one's motive more unbelievable than the next. The more I examine each thread of this story, the more nonsensical it gets. And not laughably so, like HUSH, which I actually had fun reading even if most of the reason is because it's so dumb at times.This was one, however, is just disappointing. The appearance of the rogues gallery could honestly just get cut and it won't affect anything. They were completely unnecessary and interrupted the flow of the narrative (if there even is one, sorta up to debate for me). I wished they focused more on the serial killer story because the holiday-themed covers were amazing to look at and that key feature to the killings was pretty impressive. Sadly, since there are three killers, the chilling aspect and the mind-fuckery of the method were diluted. As for the visuals themselves…Tim Sale has a surreal style but his illustrations have made certain scenes so incomprehensible that I have to stare at some panels over and over just to make sense of what I am looking at. Much like Loeb was with the writing of this story, the art could have been realized better.I don't know have anything else to say now other than I have nothing more eloquent to offer in my piece. Just rehashing the entire story of The Long Halloween here has gotten me a little bit depressed because I thought I was going to like this story but after unloading all of these complaints I realized I wish I could just forget what I read. Not even the two volumes of Knightfall made me this sorely disappointed. But I still have Dark Victory to finish which is a sequel to this fucking thing. I will keep an open mind and give it the benefit of the doubt. Originally, I was going to review The Long Halloween tomorrow but it occurred to me that I want to get it over with as quickly as possible so I forced myself to come up with this and I hope it was sufficient enough. KINDDA RECOMMENDED but feel free to skip: 6/ 10DO READ MY BATMAN COMICS REVIEWS AT:
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  • Ronyell
    January 1, 1970
    The Origins of Harvey Dent has begun! Introduction: Now, I have been reading many Batman comics whose stories dealt with Batman defeating one of his greatest foes, the Joker. But, I had always wanted to read some “Batman” stories that dealt with another one of Batman’s greatest foes, Two-Face! I got interested in Two-Face’s story when I saw one of the episodes on “Batman: The Animated Series” that dealt with the origin tale of Two-Face and I was amazed at how well that episode portrayed the The Origins of Harvey Dent has begun! Introduction: Now, I have been reading many Batman comics whose stories dealt with Batman defeating one of his greatest foes, the Joker. But, I had always wanted to read some “Batman” stories that dealt with another one of Batman’s greatest foes, Two-Face! I got interested in Two-Face’s story when I saw one of the episodes on “Batman: The Animated Series” that dealt with the origin tale of Two-Face and I was amazed at how well that episode portrayed the relationship between Batman and Two-Face. So, this caused me to pick up a Batman comic book that deals with Two-Face and lo and behold, I found “Batman: The Long Halloween!” What is this story about? Carmine “The Roman” Falcone was Gotham City’s untouchable Crime Lord and District Attorney, Harvey Dent, Batman and Captain James Gordon were all trying to take down this crime lord for months now. However, the actual story starts when “The Roman” was throwing a wedding party for his nephew Johnny Viti, but later on, it turns out that somebody had murdered Johnny Viti and later on, a gang called “The Irish.” This then leads to many murders that are directly involved with “The Roman’s” family and the serial killer became known as “Holiday” since the killer only kills people on various holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Can Batman, James Gordon and Harvey Dent catch this serial killer before it is too late? What I loved about this story: Jeph Loeb’s writing: Now, I had seen many different versions of Harvey Dent’s origins including the animated series’ version and Nolan’s famous “Batman” film, “The Dark Knight,” but I really enjoyed Jeph Loeb’s version of Harvey Dent and how he made his character mysterious. Jeph Loeb had done an excellent job at writing this story as the serial killer starts killing certain members of “The Roman’s” family on holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve and I loved how all thirteen chapters in this book is titled a different holiday like Chapter Two is titled “Thanksgiving” and Chapter Three is titled “Christmas.” I also loved the way that Jeph Loeb made this story similar to a crime noir as the mystery of the story involves Batman, Harvey Dent and James Gordon trying to figure out who the “Holiday” serial killer is and how they will stop him from killing anymore victims and I loved seeing the scenes of the “Holiday” serial killer murdering people as there are no words accompanying the evil deeds and the artwork pretty much does the talking for those scenes. I really enjoyed the turbulent relationship between Catwoman and Batman as we are left in the dark about Catwoman’s true motives for helping out Batman even though she is a world class burglar and it was interesting trying to figure out what her true motives are. The way that Jeph Loeb portrayed Harvey Dent’s mysterious and intense character was extremely well done as Harvey Dent also wants to protect Gotham City from crime, but he seems to want to do things the hard way to get the job done. What was so amazing about this story was the fact that Jeph Loeb introduced many of Batman’s greatest enemies (the Joker, Solomon Grundy, Poison Ivy, The Scarecrow, and the Mad Hatter) into this one story and they all play a huge role in Batman trying to discover “Holiday’s” secret identity.Tim Sale’s artwork: Tim Sale’s artwork in this graphic novel was just astonishing as the artwork is dark and gritty and it really fits well with the dark tone of this story! I loved the way that Tim Sale drew Batman himself as Batman looks large and intimidating in every image and I loved the way that Tim Sale drew Batman’s cape as twirling around Batman, giving a frightening feel to Batman’s presence. I also loved the way that Tim Sale drew the shadowing around the characters’ bodies during the night scenes (although the majority of this comic takes place at night) which really made the images extremely creepy to look at. What I really loved about Tim Sale’s artwork is when the scenes of “Holiday” murdering various victims are in black and white colorings which really made these scenes truly stand out from the other scenes. What made me feel uncomfortable about this story: Since this story deals with the murders of several characters, there are many scenes where characters are killed off in gruesome ways, which they are mainly shot in the head. These scenes are also graphic as there is blood everywhere where the characters are shot. Anyone who is uncomfortable with violence in graphic novels might want to steer away from this graphic novel. Also, there is some brief language in this graphic novel, although the language is not as strong as you would sometimes see in mature stories Final Thoughts: Overall, “Batman: The Long Halloween” is one of the best “Batman” stories about Two-Face ever told and anyone who is a fan of the “Batman” comics should definitely check this graphic novel out! Also, if you want to read some other great “Batman” comics, here are some recommendations:Batman: Year OneBatman: The Killing JokeBatman: The Dark Knight ReturnsReview is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog
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  • Jesse A
    January 1, 1970
    It's time I admitted something, more to myself than anything. I don't like Batman as a character. Feels good to get off my chest. He just doesn't work for me as a superhero. He's a P.I. in a silly costume. And don't get me started on him in the justice League. "Hey Batman, we have a crime going on. Grab Superman's cape so you can get there too" Some of the movies work because he exists in a world without a Superman or Wonder Woman but in their world he doesn't work for me.2nd review: Ok. I'm It's time I admitted something, more to myself than anything. I don't like Batman as a character. Feels good to get off my chest. He just doesn't work for me as a superhero. He's a P.I. in a silly costume. And don't get me started on him in the justice League. "Hey Batman, we have a crime going on. Grab Superman's cape so you can get there too" Some of the movies work because he exists in a world without a Superman or Wonder Woman but in their world he doesn't work for me.2nd review: Ok. I'm much farther along in my comic reading and my appreciation for the character of Batman has grown considerably. I still don't like him in the Justice League for the most part but his stand alone stuff can be outstanding! Tim Sale's art is a big plus in this one. I love how he draws Batman. All in all an excellent story!
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  • Rebecca McNutt
    January 1, 1970
    Phenomenal graphic novel with amazing illustrations. Batman: The Long Halloween is one of the most interesting Batman works I've ever read.
  • Mizuki
    January 1, 1970
    Accidentally, I finished Dark Victory before I could manage to get my hands on Batman: Long Halloween, I knew how this long series is going to end before I started on Long Halloween, still I enjoy both volumes SO DAMN MUCH!(Link: https://nerdlush.com/category/events/)The strongest points of Long Halloween and its sequel are the gloomy yet flawlessly gorgeous artwork, the strong crime-noir atmosphere which is shaped into perfection, the ill-fated romance between Batman and Catwoman and the use of Accidentally, I finished Dark Victory before I could manage to get my hands on Batman: Long Halloween, I knew how this long series is going to end before I started on Long Halloween, still I enjoy both volumes SO DAMN MUCH!(Link: https://nerdlush.com/category/events/)The strongest points of Long Halloween and its sequel are the gloomy yet flawlessly gorgeous artwork, the strong crime-noir atmosphere which is shaped into perfection, the ill-fated romance between Batman and Catwoman and the use of a colorful bunch of Batman's villains: the Joker (and his huge mouth!), Poison Ivy (she is beautifully drawn), Mad Hatter, the Riddler, Scarecrow (he always has a grand entrance) and the vicious old fashion-looking Italian crime families! *What more can I ask for?* However, comparing with Dark Victory, the plots and the murder mystery within Long Halloween is a bit weak: so there is a serial killer named 'Holiday' who is murdering the criminals within Gotham City? And this 'Holiday' mostly targets people who are tied to the most powerful crime family led by the untouchable crime lord nick-named 'The Roman'? Who is Holiday and what is he/she trying to prove by gunning down criminals during each holiday (started from Halloween)? Can Holiday actually be Harvey Dent, an ally of Batman?The murder mystery is truly intriguing, at first; but at the end I got confused and the revealing part of the murderer's true identity a bit underwhelming: (view spoiler)[so the supposed dead son of 'The Roman' is Holiday, at the same time Harvey Dent and his beloved wife are also Holiday? I can understand to a degree but at the same time, I don't understand why 'The Roman's own son would want to kill his father's men and his allies (hide spoiler)].Anyway, this volume is still rated so, so high at my best American comics list.Review: Red Hood: Outlaw vol. 1 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Review: Batman: Battle For the Cowl: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Review: Batman: Life After Death: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Review: Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Book Review: Batman: The Long Halloween https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Review: The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told Vol. 1 (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...)
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  • Jeannette Nikolova
    January 1, 1970
    Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. I can't say that I had fun reading The Long Halloween. Rather, I grew tired with it by the end. It's okay, of course, because luckily authors and illustrators of comic books change all the time, but as praised as this book is by critics and fans alike, it was not for me. Both the story and the art were more old school that I was in for. On the other hand, with time and reading more Batman, I think I might revisit it and maybe even have a new Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. I can't say that I had fun reading The Long Halloween. Rather, I grew tired with it by the end. It's okay, of course, because luckily authors and illustrators of comic books change all the time, but as praised as this book is by critics and fans alike, it was not for me. Both the story and the art were more old school that I was in for. On the other hand, with time and reading more Batman, I think I might revisit it and maybe even have a new appreciation for it.I liked the mixed batch of villains and the cameos and name-dropping, but ultimately, the story was based around the Holiday killer and that in the end turned out underwhelming for me.Also, as it was old fashioned, both in terms of how it was written and what was included in it, I felt it lacked juice and was very schematic and almost following a pattern which became tiring and predictable after a while.Most of all, I disliked Batman himself. There was nothing too personal about him, he was like a winged automaton the struggles of whom did not interest me at all. The most private remark that was made by his own narration was "I believe in Jim Gordon/Gotham/Harvey Dent." He was way too remote for me as a human being, most of all, and that is what is supposed to draw the reader to Batman, who is just a man, after all.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    The Long Halloween is a follow-up to Year One, written by Jeph Loeb because Frank Miller had no apparent interest in doing so. (After having read All-Star Batman and Robin, I think that's a good thing.) It essentially picks up right where Year One left off. Batman is still kind of new to all of this, still working out his code of ethics and how best to use the Batman persona. It's also a passing of the torch for Gotham itself, moving the city from one ruled by the mafia to one terrorized on a The Long Halloween is a follow-up to Year One, written by Jeph Loeb because Frank Miller had no apparent interest in doing so. (After having read All-Star Batman and Robin, I think that's a good thing.) It essentially picks up right where Year One left off. Batman is still kind of new to all of this, still working out his code of ethics and how best to use the Batman persona. It's also a passing of the torch for Gotham itself, moving the city from one ruled by the mafia to one terrorized on a pretty frequent basis by nutjobs in masks. I have to wonder what the average Gothamite would think about all this, and if they'd rather have Falcone or the Joker. It's also a detailed origin story of Two-Face. It sounds like a lot going on, but there's plenty of space in 13 issues to cover it all.Everything in the first paragraph is actually secondary to the real story, a mystery revolving around a serial killer dubbed Holiday because s/he kills only on holidays, leaving behind a token related to the day. It's a really, really good mystery. It's entirely engrossing, and the resolution is surprising and satisfying.My only issue with the book is that Tim Sale's art just doesn't work for me. Never has, and I doubt it ever will.
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  • Sud666
    January 1, 1970
    An utterly magnificent Batman tale. That is the best way I can describe this amazing story written by Jeph Loeb. If you love Batman or just appreciate a well crafted murder mystery then this is a book you will appreciate. The best part is the wonderful story is supplemented by Tim Sale's gorgeous art. This is a stylish volume. Beautifully illustrated with many memorable scenes.The Long Halloween is a detective story centering around three distinct protagonists and a large cast of secondary An utterly magnificent Batman tale. That is the best way I can describe this amazing story written by Jeph Loeb. If you love Batman or just appreciate a well crafted murder mystery then this is a book you will appreciate. The best part is the wonderful story is supplemented by Tim Sale's gorgeous art. This is a stylish volume. Beautifully illustrated with many memorable scenes.The Long Halloween is a detective story centering around three distinct protagonists and a large cast of secondary characters. The three primary characters are Batman, Harvey Dent and Carmine Falcone. The story takes place in the very early days of Batman. Carmine Falcone is the undisputed head of the Gotham Crime world. Harvey Dent is the District Attorney that is obsessed with breaking up his criminal empire. Batman is well..Batman. The secondary cast of characters is vast. Many of Batman's Arkham foes make appearances in this tale. From Scarecrow and Joker to the Riddler and Mad Hatter. The relationship between Catwoman and Batman is also explored.A killer known as Holiday is gunning down various members of the mob. The question is who is Holiday? The beauty of this tale is that it hides the answer from you till the very end. I can honestly say I never saw the end coming. Very impressive. The candidates for Holiday are many from Carmine Falcone to Gigante Falcone, his rather brobdingnagian daughter, to Harvey Dent. To just approach this story from the detective aspects alone make this a worthwhile read. If you can unwrap the complete mystery of the Holiday killer than congratulations, because I could not till the end.This is also a Harvey Dent story. It has a very interesting origin story for Harvey. In many ways it is similar to the canon origin. But the depth afforded to Harvey's character is amazing. We see a driven and obsessive DA who clearly despises Falcone and his perversion of justice. But the story behind where he got the coin and his rationale for being Two-Face are excellent. Mr. Loeb nailed it.Mr. Loeb also is spot on with his myriad villains. I enjoyed that this complex detective story was still able to enmesh a plethora of Batman foes. I enjoyed seeing him deal with Poison Ivy and the Calendar Man. None of the appearances felt forced and were a vital part of the plot. At one point Catwoman is also a suspect in the killings.The artwork is amazing all throughout this book. The dark but vibrant colors do wonders not only for Batman, but for Gotham City and all his foes. The best part is it completely fits the somber atmosphere of this grim tale, but at points when the events soar to epic heights and grand confrontations the art follows in tandem with gorgeous scenes and full page illustrations. This is impressive talent on display. Enjoy it.At the end of the day, I would call The Long Halloween the quintessential Batman tale. We see him as a hero, a detective, a loyal friend and as a driven man trying to rid Gotham of the scourge of crime. I would highly recommend this to anyone. But it would be criminal for Batman fans to not read this and add it to their collection of all time favorite Batman tales. This is an instant classic. Loved it!
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  • leynes
    January 1, 1970
    This is the best Batman comic ever. There, I said it. The Long Halloween takes the cake. I know that Year One and The Dark Knight Returns are classics and that there are many more iconic tales out there that shape our understanding of who Batman is today but The Long Halloween just has it all. Whether you're a complete newbie to Gotham City or a devoted follower for decades, this tale will suck you in and you'll be entertained throughout.The reason why I love this particular comic book so much This is the best Batman comic ever. There, I said it. The Long Halloween takes the cake. I know that Year One and The Dark Knight Returns are classics and that there are many more iconic tales out there that shape our understanding of who Batman is today but The Long Halloween just has it all. Whether you're a complete newbie to Gotham City or a devoted follower for decades, this tale will suck you in and you'll be entertained throughout.The reason why I love this particular comic book so much is that we are introduced to almost all of the important criminals and underlings of Gotham City. The big mafia bosses Falcone and Maroni (and their various clan members) clash quite severely in this one, each accusing the other of being the Holiday killer. A murderer who strikes once a month on a significant holiday, starting on Halloween, moving to Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's, as well as Valentine's Day, Mother's and Father's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Independence Day ... you get the gist. And Gotham's underworld isn't happy with that. Not only is the killer taking out importing members of the mafia clans, the Joker also feels threatened by his presence... there can only be one raging maniac wreaking havoc in Gotham City, and that's him. With the help of the Mad Hatter, Jonathan Crane, Poisin Ivy, the Riddler and other beloved villains, he sets out to take care of Holiday.But so is Police Commissioner Gordon, with the help of District Attorney Harvey Dent and Batman. So, the "good guys" want to protect Gotham's citizen and bring the killer behind bars. But is everything really as it seems? What kind of bodies are these guys hiding in their closet? Gordon who should spent more time with his wife, Harvey who is tempering with evidence and Bruce who sometimes fails in judgement because of the vengeful thoughts that plaque him night and day.The wonderful Selina Kyle (Catwoman) also gets enough screen time and for once I don't find her bickering (and budding romance) with Bruce (Batman) annoying. Overall, the comic does a great job at giving every character the time to breath and to become alive on the page. Loeb's great writing along with Sale's fitting art, is a killer combination (no pun intended) to make this comic a worthwhile ride.I particularly enjoy the human side of this comic book since every character's actions are plausible. Sure, it gets a little predictable with the good vs evil type of shit and the simple fact that the killings are structured after holidays, nonetheless, the comic has you guessing throughout ... and believe me when I tell you, you won't see that plot twist coming. It's a bitter sweet ending that I'd love to discuss with the whole world. My mind is still blown.So, even if you're not interested in Batman at all, I'd highly recommend giving The Long Halloween a shot. I bet you won't regret it!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Well, it's between 3.5 and 4 to be honest. I loved the fact that EVERYONE was in it; Joker, poison ivy, catwoman, riddler etc and I found the concept really interesting, I had to see who Holiday was. However, I didn't think the artwork was as good as Year One and the Man Who Laughs, especially of my doll Ivy, and the ending was just slightly ridiculous which was a shame. The one unveiling of holiday i could get my head around but adding more threads just made it feel like the writers were trying Well, it's between 3.5 and 4 to be honest. I loved the fact that EVERYONE was in it; Joker, poison ivy, catwoman, riddler etc and I found the concept really interesting, I had to see who Holiday was. However, I didn't think the artwork was as good as Year One and the Man Who Laughs, especially of my doll Ivy, and the ending was just slightly ridiculous which was a shame. The one unveiling of holiday i could get my head around but adding more threads just made it feel like the writers were trying to be clever with twists but it failed miserably. I did enjoy it, like I said it was gripping, it's just the ending that let it down.
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  • Manisha
    January 1, 1970
    "Solomon Grundy..." If there was one word I could use to describe this comic series, it's this: Clever. "Born on a Monday..." I loved the concept of each comic being centered around a holiday, with a corresponding villain to match. I loved the idea of showing the 'Holiday' murders in black and white, while Harvey Dent was hiding in the shadows half the time. "Christened on Tuesday..." I loved how three dimensional all the characters were. Not only were we shown Bruce, and the unwavering "Solomon Grundy..." If there was one word I could use to describe this comic series, it's this: Clever. "Born on a Monday..." I loved the concept of each comic being centered around a holiday, with a corresponding villain to match. I loved the idea of showing the 'Holiday' murders in black and white, while Harvey Dent was hiding in the shadows half the time. "Christened on Tuesday..." I loved how three dimensional all the characters were. Not only were we shown Bruce, and the unwavering loyalty of Alfred, but we also saw Gordon and Barbara, Harvey and Gilda, and let us not forget Selina. There was quite a lot of focus on the warring families of Gotham. "Married on Wednesday..." All in all, a good mystery, good action sequences and good character study. "Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday..."
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  • Miloš
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! That's everything I will say!
  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    Easily the best Batman story I've ever read, and clearly deeply inspirational for many of the better aspects of the Christopher Nolan cinematic Bat-verse.Tim Sale's art isn't to everyone's taste, I know, but having previous experience of him via Superman for All Seasons made it easier for me to just dive into the story. Also, it helps imbue the book with a timeless quality- you could pass it off as having been published in any era convincingly!Also, this gets my vote for sexiest Catwoman of all Easily the best Batman story I've ever read, and clearly deeply inspirational for many of the better aspects of the Christopher Nolan cinematic Bat-verse.Tim Sale's art isn't to everyone's taste, I know, but having previous experience of him via Superman for All Seasons made it easier for me to just dive into the story. Also, it helps imbue the book with a timeless quality- you could pass it off as having been published in any era convincingly!Also, this gets my vote for sexiest Catwoman of all times...particularly when she's fully clothed!All in all, an absolute must-read for Bat-fans!
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