Batman The Long Halloween TP Paperback – 7 Oct 2011
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It is vastly refreshing when you find a Batman tale that is both 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. 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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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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The almost cinematic, noir look is striking straight away, the visual quality of this graphic novel give it a unique and mature feel. The gangster 'baddies' are sometimes grotesquely drawn and it reflects their influence on the city, overall the artwork is of a consistently high quality with some black and white pages accented by a single colour feature - it's effective and looks quite beautiful. It's not just the artistic qualities which give this a level of maturity, the pathos between Gordon, Dent and Batman has a real gravitas to it. Each respect and trust each other (though with a healthy amount of reserved suspicion). Their relationship underpins the entire story and neither is ignored or under-developed. The domesticity of Gordon and Dent's lives are shown as we see them juggling their jobs with home life, their wives too play an important part in fleshing out the strains that their work (and obsession) has on their own families. This is easily one of the most the most developed incarnations of Batman I've seen, he has an emotional depth and an anger unlike any other Bats. We see a grown Bruce Wayne cry at his sense of guilt over his parent's death, he feels directly responsible and instead of going out on a costumed jolly he is genuinely haunted by the evil in the city.Read more ›
The plot follows Batman as he tries to solve the mystery of the identity of "Holiday", a serial killer striking on public, you guessed it, holidays.
This is a story of the early years of Batman and done very much in the style of "Batman: Year One" although knowledge of this title, or indeed any Batman continuity, is not required. The writing is superb as it follows a positively Machiavellian plot, with twists and turns whenever you least expect them. This one will keep you guessing to the very end - and even then questions remain.
The art, whilst not breathtaking, services the book very well as an overly detailed or coloured approach would not be in keeping with the story being told.
Next to the seminal Dark Knight Returns, this is the best Batman tale I have read to date, largely due to the fact it is so different in pace and content to the more traditional Dark Knight stories.
If you're a big Batman fan, or just love a good mystery, add a star to the five given as you really cannot afford to miss this!!
I wasn't disappointed, in fact this story is amazing. It's a true detective story. A killer is on the loose murdering on holidays (Halloween, Valentine's, New Year etc). Batman has to use all of his detective skills to find out who is responsible. Brilliant story with a twist and a great ending that will keep you entertained.
I love that the story involves the original crime bosses of Gotham including the Falcone family. The artwork is much more simple than the New 52 but not as basic as The Frank Miller books and I found it to be visually stunning and perfect for the story.
Definitely one of my Top 10 Batman reads now and I will definitely revisit it the same as I would a great Batman movie. Just grab a copy of this one and you won't be disappointed.
So far, not only the best Batman story I've read, but the best comic full stop.
If you don't have this in your collection, you need it. It should be part of everyone's!
The story looks at Commissioner Gordon's first proper case with Batman that isn't solved in a night. The Joker is behind bars and criminals like Scarecrow and the Mad Hatter are dealt with too. This is about the mob. It dwells on Gordon as much as a Batman and even more on Harvey Dent. Three men all trying to fix Gotham and taking very different approaches. It is entirely around this conflict that everything can be seen. Each character is well fleshed out, their lives are shown at home, on the streets, at work, with their love interests. You don't want for any details except those surrounding the new and interesting killer that strikes every holiday. These of course come as the story unfolds and well I didn't see it coming (which is more than I can say for the new Sherlock series which I figure out twenty minutes into each episode so this has a good plot).
I would very much get this, it is exceptional and my family wishes I would stop banging on about it
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's Batman at one of his best
It's Halloween, perfect environment and vibe for Batman
It's got great story development and characters
It's got wonderful art. Read more
A seminal piece of Batman folklore, used for the Dark Knight Series, and a really interesting story on its own - well worth the read.Published 7 months ago by D. A. Seargeant
Brilliant story keeps you guessing right till the end. You would never predict the ending ever.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer