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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Gph edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563898683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563898686
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“writer Jeph Loeb's brilliance shines through”—IGN

About the Author

Jeph Loeb is an Emmy award nominated and Eisner award winning writer/producer living in Los Angeles.   In television, his many credits include Smallville, Lost and Heroes and in film, Teen Wolf and Commando.   In comics, he is best known for his work with the supremely talented artist and partner-in-crime TIM SALE on BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS,CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME for DC as well as Daredevil Yellow, Spider-Man Blue and Hulk Gray for Marvel.

Tim Sale is not only the artist for the numerous collaborations with Jeph Loeb listed above, but has also worked on DEATHBLOW, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, Grendel, Wolverine/Gambit: Victims, Billi 99, Amazon, and various other projects. He had the distinct honor of being the first creator chosen for the artist spotlight series SOLO.

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This a great story with amazing artwork.
Lee the Great
It's done well and it does manage to keep you guessing until the end, it just feels like you've read this before.
Batman: Long Halloween was one of the best Batman stories I've ever read.
Brian Reaves

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Stella Rosenfeld on May 16, 2007
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Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale have done it again. "Dark Victory" begins where "The Long Halloween" ended and creates a new intriguing murder mystery where once again, the obvious answers are the most unlikely and no one can be trusted. It continues to pay homage to the late 30's/early 40's noir style and madness that lurks on (and beneath) the streets of Gotham City.

The Gotham police force is slowly being annihilated by a killer known as "The Hangman" while the mafia families have united in a war against the crazed rogues of Arkham. Unfortunately, they've all escaped and established Two Face as their leader to control the city. Commissioner Gordon's security efforts are strained by the new no-nonsense district attorney, Janice Porter. Despite her prim and firm manners, her intentions are just as vague as the other "Dark Victory" characters.

Batman toils to discover the Hangman's identity but the memory of Harvey's demise still haunts him. Blaming himself for his friend's tragedy, Batman distances himself from close allies and gradually loses his identity as a human being. His relationship with Selina Kyle and Catwoman is a strained romance while his work life becomes a heavy toll worn on by Gordon's frustrations. "The only problem with being alone, Master Bruce, is being alone," Alfred notes.

As the Hangman's noose tightens around Gotham's finest, as the criminal war continues to devour sane and insane men alike, as both Bruce Wayne and Batman slip down the void of despair, he finds himself akin to a feisty but extraordinary person: Dick Grayson. A small talkative boy with a gift for acrobatics, Dick is tragically orphaned and finds his destiny interwtined with the Dark Knight. The origins of Robin make this story enticing for any big Bat-fan.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Grant on February 16, 2002
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This book, the sequel to The Long Halloween, is yet another winner from Jeph Loeb. All the best from the Batman universe are in here, and his notion of how Robin came to be is the best use of the Boy Wonder I've read yet.
One of the real strength of this one is the use of all the supervillains; every character from The Scarecrow to Mr. Freeze makes an appearance and plays a roll in the story. A part of me wonders if that might not be a continuity error (as Dark Victory is set early on in the Batman universe), but that's certainly a minor quibble. I also really liked the development of Jim Gordon in this book.
The two reasons I knocked this story down: the new ADA, and the confusing elements of the plot. The motives behind the new ADA (the lady who took over Dent's job) aren't really explained that well--more of a backstory would have helped to explain her better. I also thought the book had too many elements at times; three competing crime families, a cast of characters that probably numbers 30+, plus two seperate yet intertwined storylines that both demand a lot of attention. This isn't an inherently bad thing, and the things that I'm still not quite sure of will probably resolve themselves on a second reading.
All in all, a great story. Thumbs up, and highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on December 12, 2012
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A lot of readers have stated truthfully that "Dark Victory" is basically the same story as "The Long Halloween", or at the very least, re-hashes the same main plot points of that story.

And while I concede that to be truthful, I believe DV actually IMPROVES upon TLH and provides the reader a more logical and satisfying conclusion.

DV centers around Batman, feeling failure for what happened to Harvey Dent in TLH, distancing himself from his few allies and attempting to solve the plot's central mystery on his own. A new serial killer called "Hangman" is murdering former and current police officers on holidays - officers who aided Harvey Dent in his attempt to quash the mob factions in Gotham City while he was District Attorney. The story also re-tells the origin of Robin a.k.a. Dick Grayson and how pivotal he is in keeping Batman grounded and human.

As stated previously, while the story doesn't steer away from the tone and themes established in TLH (and has more or less the same plot with some characters playing different roles), DV does actually succeed in staying more grounded and giving the reader an ending that is more complete and sensible than TLH.

Really you can't go wrong with either story, and while both have their flaws they're also both instant classics in the Batman lore.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rorschach Hound on November 20, 2012
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The first thing I should say is, don't read BATMAN: DARK VICTORY unless you have read THE LONG HALLOWEEN first. You won't be able to understand the plot because it picks up directly from where THE LONG HALLOWEEN left us off, and contains many references to the events of the first book.

Yes, DARK VICTORY is the direct sequel to THE LONG HALLOWEEN, and is a talent of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale that is worthy of recognition. The story takes place six months after the events of THE LONG HALLOWEEN. Alberto Falcone, formerly known as the serial killer Holiday who struck at Gotham's underworld on holiday, has been released from Arkham Asylum and placed under the care of his brother Mario Falcone. Meanwhile Alberto's sister Sofia Falcone Gigante, is struggling to keep ahold of her father's crumbling criminal empire. Even though we saw Sofia fall from the top of her father's penthouse at the end of the last book, we find out that she survived the fall, Only now, she has been confined to a wheelchair and is forced to wear a head brace, (according to her, she can't even go to the restroom on her own anymore). Since Two Face killed her father, Carmine "The Roman" Falcone, Sofia has been replaced as the head of the Falcone Crime family. But the mob's control over Gotham City is slipping, as all of the insane criminals (Joker, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Solomon Grundy, the Calendar Man, and the Mad Hatter for example) led by Two face, are waging war on the mob that refers to them as the "Freaks." Even as Gotham City is tearing itself apart by gang wars, Batman, the only one who can stop them, has distanced himself from all of his friends, including Commissioner Gordon.
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