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About the Author
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. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication Date : October 2, 2012
- File Size : 145433 KB
- Print Length : 368 pages
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- Publisher : DC; Illustrated Edition (October 2, 2012)
- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #264,366 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's nice that these villains--these "freaks"--also aren't the main conflict in Dark Victory (or The Long Halloween or Year One, for that matter); they appear when it is effective for them to appear, slowly taking more prominence in the setting of the story as it progresses. The main conflict has to deal with the solving of the mysteries behind The Hangman killings. The Long Halloween and Dark Victory are, primarily, crime mysteries, which is what makes them interesting. What makes them great literature, however, is the creative team that is Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.
Loeb's writing is really well-crafted here: the entire arc unfolds at a consistent pace and he balances out dialogue with Batman's internal narration very smoothly. And, as I mentioned previously, personality and narrative arcs of the main characters (Gordon, Batman, and Dent) have fully matured by this point in the trilogy, leaving the supporting characters a chance to evolve and come into their own.
Much of these progressions are not just depicted by the writing, however; Tim Sale (who worked previously with Loeb on The Long Halloween) elevates and perfects his artwork in this story. There's not a change in the look of the characters, so you know it's definitely his style, but you sense immediately (especially if reading Dark Victory right after finishing The Long Halloween) the new level of attention paid to composition of the drawings. Shadows and silhouettes, contrasts between setting and characters, everything adds to the mood and atmosphere of the characters and the scenes they're a part of.
In terms of the print itself, the paperback is excellent. This and The Long Halloween have really nice paper, which I'll catch myself sometimes randomly sniffing in the middle of a read to enjoy the new paper smell. The ink is really crisp, the colors pop, and the design of the book itself is laid out very clearly. There aren't page numbers or a contents page, but every issue is separated by chapter pages that include gorgeous, high-contrast artwork to help distinguish which issue you're on. Additionally, the print comes with an introduction by David S. Goyer, who co-wrote the Nolan film trilogy.
Overall, I can't stress enough how gorgeous this trade paperback is and how excellent and top-tier this story arc is. I really enjoyed it just as much, if not more so, then The Long Halloween. No other Batman story arc has topped my enjoyment of this particular trilogy. Highly recommended in addition to Batman: Year One and Batman: The Long Halloween.
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This is a fantastic story and regardless if it is thought to be better than The Long Halloween or not, they both are great and essential to any Batman fan, personally I like them both for different reasons. One reason I loved Dark Victory is we see beyond The Long Halloween and the toll it has taken on Batman, Jim Gordon, and the Falcone crime family because of this it feels like there's another layer of depth to the story that wasn't there in The Long Halloween. The inclusion of Dick Grayson, this was my introduction to Robin which is embarrassing (only read Year One and The Long Halloween for now), I know what Robin was but not who or how he came to be and his incorporation into the story was very well done in my opinion, my only gripe about it is I wish Dick Grayson appeared earlier instead of towards the end. We see new characters that weren't in The Long Halloween like the Penguin and Mr. Freeze but sadly don't see as much of them.
The story is simply, there has been a breakout in Arkham Asylum and with that the emergence of a new killer, dubbed 'The Hangman’ for hanging the victims and leaving lost games of hangman pinned to the bodies. Our heroes Batman and Jim Gordon must do everything they can to stop this new killer. The story is similar to The Long Halloween with more dark tones and inner conflict within our heroes. Where as The Long Halloween was a story about causing chaos and breaking people, this is breaking them further.
I can easily recommend this to any fan of Batman especially someone who has read The Long Halloween, Loeb and Sale are a great combination and have done a fantastic job in The Long Halloween & Dark Victory, these two deserve a place in your collection. Sadly it doesn't go any further with Loeb and Sale after Dark Victory, you do have Catwoman: When in Rome which takes place during Dark Victory and you have Haunted Knight which is a collection of 3 short stories, so sadly there isn't anything beyond this from the Iconic duo. I plan on picking up Catwoman and Haunted Knight in the near future as I am a fan of Loeb and Sale together, to be honest I'm even considering getting the Batman by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale Omnibus so I can have it in one collection if I want to read it all on a nice day.
Overall you need this in your collection, if you read and loved The Long Halloween there's no excuse to not have Dark Victory beside it on your bookshelf, some may think it's not as good but regardless it's a great story and will only make you appreciate what Loeb and Sale deliever even more. I will be moving onto Batman: Hush next, luckily written by Jeph Loeb and is a among one of the most recommended Batman stories, hopefully it'll be as great as everything I've read so far from Batman.
Hopefully you found this review helpful and happy reading.
This is essentially a continuation of Loeb & Sale's Batman: The Long Halloween - So I would advise starting there before getting stuck into this one if you haven't already. Loeb puts forward another great story but for me the highlight was Sale's dark moody artwork.
Quite often a sequel (in any medium) fails to live up to the expectation of its predecessor - not in this case I felt it was as strong as the first book but always added something new.
If you're a Batfan and you're are looking for a serious, captivating story with wicked artwork then this is for you.