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Batman: The Long Halloween Paperback – November 1, 1999
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It's refreshing when you find a Batman story that both is epic and successfully explores the core of a resolutely explored character. Taking as its catalyst a sub-plot from the seminal Batman: Year One, the story revolves around murders occurring on national holidays, the victims connected to Mob boss "The Roman." Dubbed "Holiday," the killer uses an untraceable handgun and leaves small trinkets at the scene. Plenty of suspects are available, but the truth is something the Dark Knight never suspected. This series scores two major coups: it brilliantly portrays the transfer of Gotham rule to the supervillains and charts the horrific transformation of Harvey Dent from hardened D.A. to the psychotic Two-Face. Both orbit around the sharply portrayed relationship between Dent, Commissioner Gordon, and Batman: a triumvirate of radically different perceptions of Justice. It is always great to see the formative incarnation of Batman, drenched in noir here.
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
"THE LONG HALLOWEEN is more than a comic book. It's an epic tragedy." - Christopher Nolan (director The Dark Knight Rises)
"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
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I love the mystery to this story. Action-packed Batman is always fun, but Batman made his mark because he's the world's greatest detective. Trying to solve the mystery along side Batman and experiencing all the twists and turns is so rewarding. The dialogue is also very well written, and Loeb gives each character their own great bits of solid dialogue. I always enjoy reading his stories.
As much as I love a jam-packed Batman story like Batman: Hush, I feel like some villains should have been cut out. They're fun to have since you don't expect it, but I was overwhelmed. This is a smaller story that doesn't need the complexity of a Justice League story.
To be completely honest, I love Batman: Hush, but only by a small percent more than The Long Halloween. The fact that this can contend with Hush shows just how great this comic truly is. Batman: The Long Halloween is (to no one's surprise) another great Batman story.
This story is very well written and well-paced. It is the story of Batman, Gordon, and Harvey Dent, and their year-long mission to stop Gotham's crime lords. The story revolves around the mob, but also involves many of Arkham Asylum's villains (which we all know and love) including Joker, Mad Hatter, Scarecrow, the Riddler, and a couple more. So if you're looking for a story involving all the crazy villains, this one gives a nice array of them, plus Catwoman! There are quite a few twists in the overall plot, a few of which I never would have seen coming, and some which are simply part of the lore. If you enjoyed Nolan's The Dark Night, you will enjoy this. The art is very good too! It makes very good use of color and shadow; even in an integral part of the foreshadowing. The art is good enough I am willing to read it a second time, just to see the details I may have missed.
Apparently, the direct sequel is "Dark Victory". I bought that along with this and now I'm glad I did because I really want to start reading it now! I'd say, if you're new like I was and you started off with Year One, The Long Halloween is the perfect next step.