The Long Halloween, it's been a long time since I've read this book.
Jeph Loeb will always have a place in my heart. His writing has the right combination of camp and grit that I really enjoy in a comic book. It challenges me, but it still has wonderfully stupendous moments that make me wonder where Scarecrow got a horse or why Wayne Manor looks like a castle out of Dracula.
The writing in this comic book is great. It really is a graphic novel. Christopher Nolan said that it had great 'cinematic potential' and I totally agree with him. Tim Sale did an excellent job of carrying a noir, detective-novel, crime-thriller feel throughout the whole book. The Long Halloween takes lines and ideas right out of the Godfather, but it works.
I'm not sure if I'm super satisfied with the ending -- it felt a little muddled and some of Tim Sale's artwork, particularly people's faces, looked muddied and as though they were melting if I looked too long.
But, this was such a brilliant romp and I loved Harvey Dent's characterisations. The villains were almost the best part of this graphic novel, but Bat's cape and cowl... ugh. I can talk forever about this comic book. It's probably one of my favourites of all time, but now I love it in a different way.
Easily the best Batman story I've ever read, and clearly deeply inspirational for many of the better aspects of the Christopher Nolan cinematic Bat-verse.
"I believe in Harvey Dent", indeed!
Tim Sale's art isn't to everyone's taste, I know, but having previous experience of him via Superman for All Seasons made it easier for me to just dive into the story. Also, it helps imbue the book with a timeless quality- you could pass it off as having been published in any era convincingly.
All in all, an absolute must-read for Bat-fans!
This is my absolute favorite Batman comic. Whenever someone tells me they don't like Batman for whatever reason, I always show them this one.
One of the best stories in Batman's long history, "Batman: The Long Halloween" features a great story line and the depiction of Harvey Dent's fall from grace is one of the best parts of this story! The artwork is also good and I loved the cover art for each issue. This a must-read for all Batman fans and is especially worth reading because of the inspiration this story gave for "The Dark Knight", one of the greatest movies of all time.
Batman takes on the Holiday Killer in his first year on the job as the Dark Knight in this thrilling murder mystery-comic blend. This is a great intro for new Batman fans and I dare to say it appeals to non-comic book fans as well!
Long is a good title for this collection because it was long, probably too long. Still it was a fun read and some of the art work was fantastic.
Collecting a large miniseries, back from the days before Jeph Loeb took a steep dive off a cliff in terms of quality as a writer. Set in Batman's early years, a series of murders involving gangsters over the span of a year ties together Batman, Jim Gordon, and the man who will become Two Face. The art by Tim Sale has a moody feel, perfectly suited to the era. And most of the key rogues in the Batman's world turn up at one point or another. One of the essential reads for Batman fans, though the recent reboot of the DC universe likely means none of this matters anymore.
A great read for those who are new to the Batman series. No previous reading is required to understand and appreciate the suspensful plot and artwork.
FYI about Jeph Loeb;
He wrote the 12 issues of "The long Halloween", then he wrote the 12 issues of "Dark Victory" and then he did the 12 issue Batman story-arch "Hush"... and they're all the same thing over and over again.
For Twelve issues, Batman's rogues gallery will be carted-out, one per issue, in a convoluted story that doesn't really hold any resonance or meaning. In the Halloween, Loeb kills off half of the minor characters from Batman Year One. In the his next 12 issue story, Dark Victory, Loeb kills off the other half. For twelve issues you're wondering who the mystery killer is and by the end you still don't really know.
Maybe I'm being a little harsh. The idea had merit; showing the clash between the old school mafia and Gotham's new breed of "freaks". The Police are forced to rely on Batman, a costumed freak in order to fight against a corrupt city. The mob tries to counter by employing costume freaks of there own but it just backfires. There could have been an interesting discussion about who truly creates the "freaks" in Gotham but Loeb just crams characters together to tell a story with no real point.
I wish I read these stories through the OPL instead of buying them on my own.
This graphic novel is credited for having strong influence for the films Batman Begins and The Dark Kinght. A must read for Batman fans.
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