- Series: Batman
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; New edition (January 1, 2035)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401271235
- ISBN-13: 978-1401271237
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 114 customer reviews
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Batman: Haunted Knight (New Edition) Paperback – January 1, 2035
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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.
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'Haunted Kinght' collects all three of these stories, each with a different take on a Halloween theme, into a single volume.
The first story is "Fears," featuring perhaps the most natural villain of any of these tales, the Scarecrow. "Madness," the second story in the volume, features the Mad Hatter and a unique spin on Alice in Wonderland. The final story, "Ghosts," turns Bruce Wayne into a modern-day Scrooge in the All Hallows' Eve version of 'A Christmas Carol.'
Through each story, Jeph Loeb shows a deft understanding of the subtleties of the Batman character, of the nuances of Bruce Wayne's relationship with his dark half, and with the themes that are central to the mythos of the Dark Knight overall. Tim Sale showcases an equally strong grasp of the source material in his artwork - crisp, dark, moody, drawn in simple lines and high-contrast darks and lights and broad swaths of monochrome. The overarching theme of Halloween - of ghosts and monsters and things that go bump in the night - is the perfect foil for these tales.
Taken together, the three stories in 'Haunted Knight' represent a high-water mark in the long history of Batman. Rarely has a writer and artist team gotten it this right. In 'Haunted Knight,' Loeb and Sale express the Batman we all knew existed, but never dared to imagine this fully: the hero who lives in darkness, the man haunted by his own history.
This was Loeb at the height of his writing ability, and makes the modern writers pale in comparison.