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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Solid Sequel to The Long Halloween
This is the follow up to The Long Halloween, and picks up directly after that storyline finished. This book deals with the rise of Two Face from the ashes of Harvey Dent, and continues the story lines of Commissioner Gordon, Catwoman, Bruce Wayne, and of course, the Falcones'. Someone is copying the crimes of Holiday from the Long Halloween, who goes by the name of the...
Published on 27 Nov 2009 by Mr. S. W. Steel

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Story is great but the kindle zoom-in thing (or CosmiXology) cuts out ...
The Story is great but the kindle zoom-in thing (or CosmiXology) cuts out way too much of the artwork, for instance if a character has killed someone but was drawn in part of the frame where there is no dialogue, it will be cut out, but if you don't zoom in then the text is too small to read on a standard Kindle Fire. Whoever does the cropping for the CosmiXology needs to...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Solid Sequel to The Long Halloween, 27 Nov 2009
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Mr. S. W. Steel "stephensteel" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Batman: Dark Victory (Paperback)
This is the follow up to The Long Halloween, and picks up directly after that storyline finished. This book deals with the rise of Two Face from the ashes of Harvey Dent, and continues the story lines of Commissioner Gordon, Catwoman, Bruce Wayne, and of course, the Falcones'. Someone is copying the crimes of Holiday from the Long Halloween, who goes by the name of the Hangman, and it is up to Batman to solve these crimes whilst keeping all the other threads of his life going.
Like the Long Halloween before it, this is quite along graphic novel and has quite a few twists and turns in it. The artwork is of the same style too, so if you didn't like it before, you won't like it now! The introduction of Robin is quite nicely handled too, though i did feel it didn't have enough time to develop properly and could have meritted a third volume dealing with this storyline a bit more.
The reason i can't give this five stars is that it is almost an exact replay of the Long Halloween with a few adjustments, and while that is no bad thing, this just doesn't offer enough that is new and original. The Long Halloween was quite different to anything out at the time, and this book doesn't really spark enough for me. That isn't to say that this is a bad book - it isn't. It just needed something extra to put it up in the top echelon of Batman stories.
This is definitely one for your collection, but only if you have read The Long Halloween, or it won't make much sense!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great graphic novel, 8 Dec 2003
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Kurt A. Johnson (Marseilles, IL USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Batman Dark Victory TP (Paperback)
In this sequel to Batman: The Long Halloween, a new District Attorney has plans to clean up Gotham, and her plans include cleaning up Batman. But, someone is playing Hangman, and with each new game, someone in the police department gets hanged. As if things aren't bad enough, a mass breakout from Arkham puts a lot of super-villains on the street (including Two-Face, Joker, Solomon Grundy, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, and Penguin).
This is another great graphic novel, and a worthy sequel to The Long Halloween. I thought the story was nice and gripping (just like a Batman story should be!), while the illustrations were wonderfully done, making the whole read that much better. I enjoyed the Catwoman character once again, and thought that the author did a great job with the Robin character. I highly recommend this book to any, and every, Batman fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Sequel To The Long Halloween, 8 Dec 2013
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Batman Dark Victory TP (Paperback)
This Graphic Novel written & illustrated by Jeff Loeb & Tim Sale is the continuation of the event's first started in their previous novel Batman The Long Halloween.

Batman is continuing his fight against crime against the criminals of Gotham City were a territory war is taking place between a deranged Harvey Dent now known as Two Face & Sofia Falcone-Gigante who now runs the Falcone crime syndicate.

On top of these event's Batman is trying to capture the Hangman who is the latest serial killer in Gotham City who is murdering the Police officers of Gotham.

Dick Graysons origin story also features in this novel in a superb retelling of the Robin mythos, Dick Grayson who is adopted by Bruce Wayne who will eventually become Robin who will then aid Batman on his war on crime in Gotham City.

This follow up has a great intriguing story & superb illustrations that I have put this into my top 10 favourite Batman story's.

This exellent novel covers the following, Harvey(Two Face) Dent & his turf war on crime boss Sofia Falcone-Gigante, A new district attorney named Janice Porter who despises Batmans vigilantism, A new serial killer in Gotham named The Hangman whos killing police officers, An Arkham Asylum breakout, Batman fighting Soloman Grundy, The Joker & Scarecrow kidnapping & then murdering Janice Porter & the final reveal of the Hangman & the apprehension of Harvey(Two Face)Dent.

lucky for the Dark Knight that help comes in the form of Dick Grayson who's parent's are killed in a Mob shootout is taken in by Bruce Wayne who eventually see potential in Dick Grayson & trains him up to be his partner in the war on crime in Gotham City as Robin.

This story has mature themes & maybe unsuitable for younger readers but for the more mature reader's it's is a exellent graphic novel full of intrigue & action with a very engaging plot that equals it's predecessor Batman The Long Halloween in it's quality storytelling & illustration.

This is a highly recomended purchase for Batman fan's of graphic novels & is the conclusion to the events of a previous graphic novel.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars stunning sequel to Long Halloween, 24 July 2003
This review is from: Batman: Dark Victory (Paperback)
The Long Halloween was a stunning trade paperback, and this sequel is the same. Unfortunately, a bit too much the same!
Basically someone is killing the mob family leaders one by one, on different holidays, leaving a clue each time in the form of a hangman game. Batman tries to unravel
the clues but then the killings start targeting cops too.
The story is very similar to TLH, but that isn't such a bad thing, as it is a great story, with Batman, Catwoman and Gordon all desperately trying to unravel the
mystery of the killer. The artwork is dark and gothic, exactly as Batman should be. Tying in the debut of Dick Grayson as Robin is a great move, especially as he
plays a minor role which proves important without overshadowing the main story. Definitely recommended.
There are rumours that the author and artist will do a follow up to cover Catwoman's journey to Italy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Story is great but the kindle zoom-in thing (or CosmiXology) cuts out ..., 11 Nov 2014
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The Story is great but the kindle zoom-in thing (or CosmiXology) cuts out way too much of the artwork, for instance if a character has killed someone but was drawn in part of the frame where there is no dialogue, it will be cut out, but if you don't zoom in then the text is too small to read on a standard Kindle Fire. Whoever does the cropping for the CosmiXology needs to take another look at this title!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bat's Right 2, 29 Sep 2014
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Greystone (Lancashire, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Batman Dark Victory TP (Paperback)
These two guys really tick all my boxes regardless of the subject matter. Great to see characters from 'Year One' love the continuity. Good meaty story although I wasn't aware of it this book should be read after 'The Long Halloween' don't make the same mistake, they are related. Well done guys. This is how the Batman should be portrayed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robin's origin story, 20 May 2014
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Ive been reading Batman from the start and this book goes into the origins of the first Robin. A really good story and characters which immerses you into the Batman universe
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batman' s shadow grows, 18 Jan 2014
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It this compelling story Batman and Commissioner Gordon see their friends fall one by one, the conclusion of the story is not just in revealing the killer but in Batman finding a kindred spirit to share hid secret with. The artwork has to be some of my favourite graphic work ever, Tim Sale' s work gives real tension and drama to the script.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any batman fan, 5 Nov 2013
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A great follow on from the amazing The Long Halloween and a fantastic first introduction for any new reader to Robin
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Victory following the Long Halloween, 4 Nov 2013
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Dark Victory captures the events following Long Halloween. Loeb and Sale provide more of the same twists and turns that made Long Halloween so encapturing, as well as showcasing a number of Batman's finest foes and introducing Dick Grayson as Robin.

A lot of people criticise Dark Victory for its similarity to Long Halloween. However, I believe the similarity is a good thing as it's supposed to be a continution of that tale. So I don't believe the story telling process should change.

If you liked Long Halloween, you'll like this because it follows on. If you like Batman, you'll like this because it involves so many familiar faces from the lore. A win-win situation really!
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