I honestly can t remember the last time I re read a book Granted, this was a graphic novel, which is generally a quick read anyhow, but usually my cup overfloweth with new reads leaving me with little interest in re reading stuff Back in August when I was scheduling my reads for October a.
a spooky book month , I was perusing my shelf for some frightening fiction when I came across Batman The Long Halloween Given that I haven t read this one in about eleven years, I figured it was time to revisit my at the time favorite Batman story.
Over the course of one year, beginning on Halloween night, the story follows a new serial killer in Gotham dubbed Holiday He or she has been murdering those connected to the Falcone crime family and true to his or her name, is doing so only on holidays Batman, District Attorney Harvey Dent and Police Commissioner James Gordon form a trio with the goal of catching the crazed killer.
After the urging of editor Archie Goodwin, Loeb and Sale picked up where Frank Miller left off with Batman Year One telling the origin story of one of Batman s most infamous adversaries, Two Face The story of Harvey Dent will always be a tragic one and while I ultimately prefer Christopher Nolan s version within the 2008 film The Dark Knight, it is clear Nolan borrowed heavily from this story there are even panels that could be storyboards for the movie.
I really love this story The art is gorgeous given its dark and moody presentation and the writing is some of the best I ve seen in my experience reading The Caped Crusader It s good to know that nearly eleven years after I first read the book, it still holds up as my favorite Batman story There were rumblings that in 2019, we could see the release of the long awaited animated adaptation, but it doesn t look like it s on the table for next year Here s hoping we get it soon then again, you could just watch The Dark Knight DC may not get the live action films right, but they rarely go wrong when it comes to the animated division.
Comic books often deal with extremes they deal with the extremely good and the extremely bad, highlighting the struggle between two opposites on the morality scale One wishes to wreak havoc, hurt people and gain some form of gratification The other wishes to save and restore order The two are diametrically opposed, though sometimes in order to achieve the most ultimate form of good or evil one needs step into the opposite camp to reach their goals The two are not so far apart as they may appear.
Enter and exit Harvey DentOnce a stalwart protector of justice, Dent is now the merciless Two Face who executes without remorse trusting in the luck of a coin to decide the fate of his victims He has become the exact opposite of who he once was, though in reality he is a bitter reflection of the world at large.
Like Batman The Killing Joke this story shows us how easy it is to fall into chaos, madness and despair when you live in a city like Gotham Batman s detective work can only do so much in the face of such havoc Heroes and Villains are separated by a very thin line This is a non stop detective drama that is pulp noir, dark and gritty it is an excellent Batman comic.
If I met anyone that had never read a Batman book, this is probably the one I would recommend This is the quintessential Batman story The volume revolves around mobsters being murdered on each holiday and takes place early in Batman s career It s a vehicle for Harvey Dent s transition from Gotham City district attorney to Two Face Dent along with Captain Gordon and Bats puts Detective back in DC comics attempt to figure out who s the killer.
It features most of Batman s rogue s gallery where the heck did Solomon Grundy come from before they went super mega villain In this respect, it shares the same vibe as Batman The Animated Series relatively simple stories sans other superheroes, aliens, Omega Sanctions, etc.
Someone is killing off associates of Gotham City s crime lord, Carmine The Roman Falcone but only only holidays Can Batman, Commissioner Gordon, and Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent stop Holiday before the entire Falcone crime family is dead I first read Batman The Long Halloween in that mythic time before I felt compelled to write reviews for everything I read I didn t care for it at the time but when a copy fell into my lap last week, I decided to give it another go.
Batman The Long Halloween is a 13 issue murder mystery Someone is knocking off criminals with a.
22 pistol and Batman and the law are stumped Who is Holiday, aka The Holiday Killer, and why is Catwoman nearby every time Batman tries to investigate The Roman And what does Calendar Man have to do with it And what s up Harvey Dent s ass All of these questions and are answered over the graphic novel s nearly 400 pages.
I don t normally go for retellings of stories I already know but The Long Halloween fleshed out a chapter in Batman s early days, Harvey Dent s transformation into Two Face While Tim Sale s artwork isn t my favorite, its cartoony, moody, dark feel perfectly suited the story I ve never been a huge fan of Jeph Loeb but he did a great job here The mystery was great and even solveable if you were paying close attention I wasn t and was surprised by the reveal, even though I read the Long Halloween before back before the world moved on.
The Christopher Nolan Batman movies borrow a lot from the Long Halloween I once said Grant Morrison s Batman felt the most like movie Batman but I think I m going to have to issue a retraction for that The Batman in Long Halloween IS the Batman from the Christopher Nolan trilogy.
I will say that some of the story felt like filler The bit with Poison Ivy was a little unnecessary and the whole Sofia Falcone Gigante thread could have been cut It felt like the book was slightly stretched to fill thirteen issues instead of twelve Those are pretty much my only gripes with it Batman felt like a detective in this and less an uber prepared scientist super soldier, as it should be.
Batman The Long Halloween is right up there with Batman Year One in the upper echelon of Batman books 4.
5 out of 5 Batarangs.
This is my very first Batman comic Apparently it s not too bad a place to start I must admit I m not too much into the big superhero comics but instead prefer independent comics mostly because of the constant re boots of universes etc.
The Long Halloween is actually less of a superhero comic and of a detective story We have a bunch of mobsters such as Mr Falcone and his Familia and on each holiday, someone dies Thus, Batman together with Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon must find out who the murderer is In between we have a number of runnings in with other well known characters such as Catwoman who looked weird, so muscular in the outfit but slim in dresses And we get the origin story of Two Face which was nice.
The artwork is not too much to my liking Bruce isn t handsome, Selina has atrocious hair, there is the afore mentioned weirdness of Catwoman, but in some way the edges actually work in delivering the story.
Pretty decent volume, full of all the favorites and the beginning of Two Face, featuring a ton of mobsters and everyone, including the villains and Batman, are bright and shiny and new It s Year One for the DC line, and it s just fine Coherent, fun, even having a bit of depth.
I like the quality and it s a good story I especially loved all the interactions with Catwoman Other than that It s just the classic Two Face opener Good mystery, interesting reveal Solid.
I d been hearing great things about this the past few years I m a late comer to the game, what can I say The story is broken up by different holidays, some major and some I basically forget exist until they pop up during the year All the stories connect as Batman works with Gordon and attorney Dent to try and figure out who the killer is, as he strikes during the holiday season, setting forth a solid detective battle They investigate, contemplate, interrogate, make wrong guesses, get shown right ones, and even better the reader leaves the series knowing something Batman doesn t Not something that happens often Usually the great detective doesn t get led astray.
The writing is simple and direct, the story working because it shows the background political machinations of Gotham s crime bosses and their twisted families who go from suspecting each other, fighting each other, to aiding each other Throw in Batman s well known villains like The Riddler with his side story that ties into the main one, Joker of course in his crafty goals to ruin holidays for the innocent, Poison Ivy using her seductive charms to reel in victims, and catwoman hopping around never revealing all the cards in her deck We even get an appearance from Solomon Grundy, who I always had a draw toward since seeing him in animated series.
Truth told, Joker s story was one of the least impressive and is gotten out of the way early on Poison Ivy had a starring role at times and ended up surprised me The Riddler showed himself as a strong villain like always, but as a flawed one too The story works to show the evolution of Dent as a main character from hero to wacked villain.
The artwork is pulpy and fresh, fitting into the story well Batman is menacing and a force to be reckoned with Some of the deaths were surprising, many of them startlingly violent for this type of comic collection Some of the holiday stories worked better than others, as I mentioned with Joker being weaker, and Mother s Day was particularly brutal the grimmest of the group on a depressing level with Bruce and his mother memories.
I m noob level with comics and their stories, so my opinions shouldn t weigh as much for this stuff as some of my fellow reviewers who have read of these and know the faithfulness of the character s stories, but as an outsider looking in I have to say this was a fun read and impressive It lived up to the hype in my eyes and will be something I ll re read in the coming years.
In general, this might be the most quintessential Batman story ever I wouldn t call it the best just yet, but definitely one of the most definitive It captures a proper tone, rightfully grounding it as a crime epic and features almost all of the major bat villains It follows a tumultuous year early in Batman s career as a vigilante as he works with GCPD Captain James Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent to bring down the untouchable Carmine The Roman Falcone and his crime mob that rule the underworld of Gotham, all while contending with a mysterious serial killer that strikes on holidays It was great seeing how this year takes a heavy personal toll on these three dedicated crime fighters and how it leads one of them down a darker path toward becoming one of the best Batman villains Also, it s so impressive that Jeph Loeb is able to fit all of these characters into this story without it feeling TOO crowded Some of the cameos felt a little silly but I always saw what Leob was attempting to do and I rolled with it There were some things I didn t like though I thought the art really detracted from the story and was downright ugly And here s yet another example of a writer that doesn t understand the Riddler There is a difference between jokes and riddles, and the Riddler is not a jokester In the future, any writer attempting to depict the Riddler should take a look at what Scott Snyder did with the character in his New 52 run, or even what Tom King does in his recent shitty run But story wise, it truly is one of the best Batman tales and definitely kept me riveted I would recommend it to anyone starting out with the character Even Christopher Nolan used it as a major inspiration for his epic crime saga inspired Dark Knight trilogy.
so it had some good stuffbut what the hell was with Soloman Grundy He had no place in the frigging book Plus the art made you look hot.
Batman Me Now you are gonna grope me Me I could go for that Batman image removed censored Me Ok weirdoAre you really my husband in disguise 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