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Batman: The Long Halloween Paperback – October 11, 2011
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Jeph Loeb's writing is keenly aware that Batman is a detective, and Tim Sale portrays a Gotham that is a fertile breeding ground for corruption and madness. Here, Batman is coming to terms with the potent image he projects and the madness it attracts. There are many fine Batman stories, but the ones that capture the spirit with extreme clarity are few. On this alone, The Long Halloween comes highly recommended. Masterfully executed, this is an excellent chance to revisit the world of Batman as fresh as in the summer of 1939. --Danny Graydon --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"THE LONG HALLOWEEN stretches beyond the normal boundaries of comics to create a legendary story of onem man's crusade against an insane world."—IGN
“Featuring Sale’s breathtaking art, which perfectly echoes the moodiness of the subject matter, The Long Halloween was an instant classic..."—Metro Toronto
Top Customer Reviews
The usual rogue's gallery weaves through the book, including a jealous Joker, out to outdo the serial killer, a cornered, yet elegantly neurotic Riddler, and a wildly abstracted, sensual Poison Ivy, along with a little more mind-altering mayhem from the Scarecrow and Mad Hatter.
What I appreciated most about Jeph [sic!] Loeb's telling is that the criminals are reduced to their elemental symbols, where a gesture or a glance conveys as much as a panel of narrated text. The clues are perfect red herrings in the grand whodunit fashion. Fans of Batman know bad things are going to happen when a stranger passes a rose to a character who then pricks their finger on its thorns. Similarly, even a hardened Gotham detective shudders upon seeing a murder victim with a smile on his face. My only misgiving about this book is that if a reader wasn't acquainted with Batman and the usual Arkham cast, the subtletly of this telling will almost certainly be missed. On the other hand, this'll be a great place to start an education.
Tim Sale's art is compelling. Noir's a difficult effect to convey in comics, and it comes through beautifully in a shadowy, mostly gray and earth tone palette behind strong inking. This cool, muted ground provides the perfect foil against which to contrast the costumed villains, ratcheting up the tension another notch.
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Its way see why this story is classic. I got to that realization late but it was well worth the wait. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Carolyn Bailey
Loved the story overall and the ending put all the pieces together in a way that makes you gasp.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Worked as expected, I have no complaints and I would definitely order again!Published 1 month ago by R4LFlapJack07
This was my first Batman book on kindle and it was superb. I have heard a lot about it and lives up to all of the reputation. Its unpredictable. The artwork is eye pleasing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anand Shankar
If you even somewhat like batman pick this up. The story and illustrations are top notch.Published 1 month ago by Josh Creighton
Great read! Was not expecting the outcome! Can't wait to read it again! :)Published 1 month ago by Nalani
This is well known as one of the best graphic novels; not just of Batman, but of all time. The story is one of the best. The mystery is played just right. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Guy Sperry