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Batman: The Long Halloween (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) Library Binding – October 11, 2011
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- Publisher : Turtleback; Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. edition (October 11, 2011)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0606340033
- ISBN-13 : 978-0606340038
- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My favorite part of this book has to be the heavy reliance on the crime families of Gotham, specifically the Falcone. There is always mention of how screwed up Gotham is and why there is a need for Batman and using the mafia as a foundation is perfect. Are they the source of all of Gotham's problems? No, but the sheer level of organized crime speaks to why Batman even exists. It is pervasive and the attacks of Holiday begin to shake things up. The use of these more mundane villains, even with the inclusion of a bunch of Batman's iconic foes, helps to set this book apart.
The mystery behind the killer is played out pretty well too. There are so many people that would have the motive and opportunity to attack the members of the Falcone family that it becomes difficult to pin down who is Holiday. Extra points for the use of Calendar Man because he is a strange villain that fits in so well.
Despite being an older comic, I enjoyed the art. There were some images that are certainly indicative of trends in comic art at the time, but for the most part it stands apart. The coloring and use of shadow are both great. There's a reason this is considered a classic Batman title. Definitely worth a read.
By Brian Childers on February 6, 2016
Batman stories usually fall into two camps they can either be grounded in the criminal aspect the underworld of Gotham City or end up into these supernatural mysteries, and Batman, The Long Halloween, is the former not the latter. Where it's Batman trying to take down the mob and his Rogue's gallery while being present take a back seat to let the criminal syndicates play the primary antagonists. It's a nice change of pace. Batman is my favorite superhero part of the reason why he as many great villains and the arcs from taking down immoral assassins to giant walking zombies born on Monday there is no shortage of material. That's the beauty of The Long Halloween; even though the villains are mobsters, it still is one of the better stories up there. Certainly better than most modern-day graphic novels. The serial killer mystery element behind the plot is also well written. It keeps you guessing although by a certain point it does become obvious so there are no curb balls but its suspenseful and like an old noir movie.
The art is another highlight of the comic the panels and transitions flow in a way that it's almost cinematic. At the same time, I didn't like some of the aesthetic choices such as Catwoman's costume and Bruce Wayne's design. I can still recognize their merit, unlike the Dark Knight Returns, where I hated the art and preferred the animated movie due to the ugliness of the graphic novel's art. I especially have to praise the flow of the comic as while reading it had me hooked, there where no panels that took me out of that flow. It was truly cinematic. My favorite scene had to be Falcone's Birthday August 2, that was the best chapter of the novel.
In the end, I loved Batman The Long Halloween. It truly deserves its classic status. The mystery is a thrill from start to finish; it highlights the underground world of Gotham City. The only real complaint I had with the graphic novel is the story did end with loose ends, and while that doesn't ruin the story, it would have been better with an airtight ending. Regardless, I would say Batman: The Long Halloween is one of the best, if not the best Batman stories in the market. A must-read, whether you like Batman comics, movies, games, or animations.
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Let's cover the story, briefly. Somebody in Gotham is picking off members of the Falcone and Maroni crime families, the caveat. Each murder occurs on the same day as a holiday, beginning on Halloween 🎃 and lasting a full calendar year.
Batman, Jim Gordon and Gotham's highly driven DA Harvey Dent make a pact to end the reign of the so called "Holiday" killer.
What makes this such an enthralling read is the pace of the story and the depth the characters is perfectly balanced.
Firstly, Bruce Wayne/Batman and his (their) relationship with Semina Kyle/Catwoman. The dynamic between the four personas is what we've come to expect. The difference is the juxtaposition between Wayne/Kyle, who at times display unexpected vulnerabilities compared to Batman/Catwoman who are always in control. It's a quite striking thread that runs throughout the story.
Harvey Dent's transformation from white knight DA to the conflicted Two-Face is excellently brought to life.
Jim Gordon is a continuation of who we meet in Year One.
The cameo appearances from Batman's rouge gallery is brilliant as each of their personalities are expressed perfectly.
I would have given 5 stars were it not for two aspects.
1. The portrayal of the Sullivan gang (who are of Irish extraction) is such an American stereotype of what an Irish person acts and sounds like. As an Irish person I was a little put off by it.
2. The ending was a little loose. Not sure what the reason was for it. If it had ended a few pages sooner it would have been perfect.
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.
This is, essentially, a dark and gritty ‘who dunnit’ and as far as Batman stories go, you’ll struggle to find many better. The characters are incredibly well-fleshed out (to the best of my recollection there aren’t really any that felt as though they were just thrown in). The story itself moves at a fast pace and constantly keeps the reader guessing. It really plays quite heavily on the detective story aspect of things which is a nice change of pace from just a straight out beat ‘em up.
Another bonus to this graphic novel is that it features a good portion of Gotham City’s most infamous super-villains. I’ll not say who but a good few get an outing across the thirteen issues that make up The Long Halloween.
On top of this being a who dunnit, this is also one of the better origin stories you’ll read as far as villain origins go. The Long Halloween was written as Harvey Dent’s transformation from District Attorney into the Psychotic criminal mastermind Two-Face.
The artwork really adds to the gritty, dark nature of the piece and is a real pleasure to look at from cover to cover. After re-discovering how great this graphic novel is, I’m probably going to have to go and find more of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s collaborations.