Batman The Long Halloween Review
“THE LONG HALLOWEEN is more than a comic book. It’s an epic tragedy.” —Christopher Nolan
Taking place during Batman’s early days of crime-fighting, this new edition of the classic mystery tells the story of a mysterious killer who murders his prey only on holidays. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the clock as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that has the reader continually guessing the identity of the killer, this story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman’s deadly enemy, Two-Face.
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There’s a good chance if you’re a Batman fan who reads comics, you have at least heard about this book—if not read it already. This is another team up from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale from the mid-90s that tells an early Batman adventure. If you happen to be a fan of their work together, you’ll probably like this story.
The story roughly takes place around the time period of Year One or a little bit after. We get to see a young Batman team up with Captain Jim Gordon (who eventually becomes commissioner) and District Attorney Harvey Dent. The mission is to stop a mysterious killer who only kills on the holidays. Holiday (the name given to the killer) kills once a month for a whole year. And if that wasn’t enough, the trio also has to stop a crime war between the Maroni and Falcone mob families. There’s a lot packed into this story.
One of the things I really like about this series is Two-Face. This book just so happens to be an origin story for the character, which I love because he’s one of my favorite villains. We also get to check out some classic villains like The Joker, Scarecrow, Calendar Man, Mad Hatter, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. Seeing these characters early on in their criminal careers is really interesting.
Tim Sale does a really good job as usual when it comes to drawing Batman and all of the supporting characters. The only real criticism I have is how Batman looks awesome, but for some reason whenever Sale drew Bruce Wayne it just didn’t look quite right. I can’t really put my finger on it, it just seems a little off. But other than that the book looks great. We get to see characters like Catwoman in her classic look and the Two-Face design is incredible.
As I stated before, there’s a good chance you’ve already read the story. But if you’re new to comics and looking for something that takes place during Batman’s early years, this is something you’ll definitely want to check out.
It might not be the greatest Batman story ever told, but it’s definitely a damn good one. The art is good, the story is fun and exciting, and the writing is done very well. This is a classic for a reason.
I’m giving Batman The Long Halloween…