Janice Porter is the new district attorney after Harvey Dent went mad and became Two Face The Falcone crime family assault Arkham Asylum and free many of the inmates in their goal to get at Harvey Batman recaptures some of the inmates, but Harvey disappears At the same time a string of gruesome murders starts, all targeting policemen Each victim is hanged and carries a note with a children s game, the Hangman, with cryptic messages written in blood view spoiler After much running around, while a cop turns up dead each month, Harvey gives himself up During his trial he escapes with help from his associates Batman figures out a connection between Porter and Harvey they were lovers since her college days But the true Hangman killer is Sofia, the current leader of the most powerful crime family hide spoiler New 52 Batman and Re birth batman fans take note HERE IS HOW BATMAN SHOULD BE DONE All Clear Good.
Dark Victory is the superb sequel to the excellent The Long Halloween Brilliantly written by Jeph Loeb and artfully drawn by Tim Sale these two books were used, along with Frank Miller s DKR, to set the tone for Christopher Nolan s movies.
Dark Victory takes up with Harvey Dent becoming Two Face There is a gang war going on in Gotham This is during Batman s earlier years You can see, as the story progresses, the normal criminal element of Gotham being phased out by the freaks There is so much to love here for any Batman fan The best part is we see Batman as the Detective he is something that sometimes gets left behind in recent tellings.
This is a murder mystery The cast of villains is large and, I have to admit, didn t realize who the true killer was until the big reveal Impressive This Batman is brooding and dark We rarely see Bruce Wayne, and then only for his interactions with Selina Kyle, because this is a Batman story It is also a story of how Dick Grayson became Robin I won t spoil any of the excellent plot so all I can say is IMHO this, along with Long Halloween, is one of the finest Batman stories around Period read it Enjoy it It is a true work of comic book art The Sequel To The Critically Acclaimed BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN, DARK VICTORY Continues The Story Of An Early Time In Batman S Life When James Gordon, Harvey Dent, And The Vigilante Himself Were All Just Beginning Their Roles As Gotham S ProtectorsOnce A Town Controlled By Organized Crime, Gotham City Suddenly Finds Itself Being Run By Lawless Freaks, Such As Poison Ivy, Mr Freeze, And The Joker Witnessing His City S Dark Evolution, The Dark Knight Completes His Transformation Into The City S Greatest Defender He Faces Multiple Threats, Including The Apparent Return Of A Serial Killer Called Holiday Batman S Previous Investigation Of Holiday S Killings Revealed That Than One Person Was Responsible For The Murders So The Question Remains Who Is Committing Holiday S Crimes This Time And How Many Will Die Before Batman Learns The Truth This Volume Collects Batman Dark Victory FINAL RATING 4.
5 STARS Dark Victory lived up to my expectations I loved The Long Halloween, but I actually liked this a bit While I think this is an amazing follow up from The Long Halloween, some of my questions from the first one still remained unanswered, while some were finally put to a close The conflict The deceit The twists The turns The action I loved all of them.
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Let s face it, a majority of Batman readers hate Robin Why No clue I always thought he was a nice contrast to Batman s loner characteristics A lot of people mention that Robin doesn t fit a Batman story, and that s because Robin is nothing like Batman because Batman has always fought alone Well, I would love to agree with those people, but I would be a liar if I did.
First of all, about Robin, this graphic novel does explain Robin s origin Dick Grayson the first Robin loses his parents in an accident similar to Bruce Wayne s parents, and Bruce decides to take him in because he feels sorry for him However, Dick wants justice, and in time Batman reveals himself as Bruce Wayne to the young Dick Grayson Bruce trains Dick, blah blah blahYou get the dynamic duo I just wanted to point out that Batman and Robin may not have similar personalities, but they share similar traumas.
Now, the book is often referred to as the origin of Robin That is a pretty far off description as Dick Grayson doesn t appear until the second half of the book, and only helps Batman a little during the end This story is actually a sequel to Batman The Long Halloween, and continues the story of the Holiday killer and Falcone mafia family, as well as Harvey Dent and his rough new life as Two Face The plot is almost identical to the one in Long Halloween There is a killer known as the Hang Man , and he she is killing cops and leaving hang man the game clues on each of the bodies Just like Long Halloween, Jeph Loeb does a great writing job to make you suspect everyone in the story as well as some dead characters Is it Harvey Dent now Two Face , a Falcone, the new District Attorney, or someone else You will have to read to find out.
Overall, the book kept me reading The mystery gets you guessing at who the real killer is, and has a nice reveal at the end The 4 star rating is because the plot was strikingly similar to the one in Long Halloween, but there were differences to make them two completely different stories The art, by Tim Sale, is amazing becauseIt s Tim Sale Also, if you are a fan of Batman villains, there are over seven present in the story, so there is a nice variety of Batman fights going down.
I highly recommend this to Batman lovers and graphic novel readers alike However, do yourself a favor and read the amazing Batman The Long Halloween It will help you understand the story better and it is a great read.
What a Batman book Maybe its the mood I m in today but I loved it all The story was outstanding The art I, surprisingly, loved Just great I ve read Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale s Batman books in the order they ve written them with Haunted Knight coming first followed by The Long Hallowe en and finally coming to Dark Victory I suppose Loeb ought to be congratulated for bringing the Batman stories back to their original format, that is detective crime stories, where he brings the mob and Batman side by side as natural enemies Here s the story a killer is killing people by hanging them on holidays Hallowe en, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc and leaving notes on their bodies with the hangman game on Early on Arkham is attacked and the Batman s best loved villains escape Joker, Two Face, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Riddler and as the bodies pile up the pressure is on for Batman to stop this killer but he ll need help Enter Robin This ain t exactly gripping stuff If you re like me and have read a fair number of Batman you ll already know this storyline reeks of The Long Hallowe en The storyline is practically identical with the holiday killer this time not the weird Falcone guy but he s in this story too being renamed the hangman killer and the villains all escaping and Batman encountering them laboriously one by one Also do we need to hear the same old Robin origin story This book is nearly 400 pages 400 pages of rehashed material with nothing new at all It s a chore to slog through even if you re new to Batman Loeb can t seem to get out of 2nd gear while I m beginning to see Sale as one of the worst Batman artists out there Joker looks ridiculous, his smile isn t disturbing or grotesque it s stupid It covers his entire face so that it s just a giant toothy smile with a tiny face above it Bruce Wayne appears to be 7 feet tall And what s with the tedious mafia characters They re all boring stereotypes, eating spaghetti in restaurants thats a cover for smuggling operations Come on The press all have pieces of card with PRESS written on them and slotted into their hats This is really a miss If you ve read The Long Hallowe en then you can count reading this too as it s completely the same Only difference is Robin and if you know anything about Batman you ll know what happens there Give this a miss, it s a dull, dull story and for a character as interesting as Batman that s criminal.
Dark Victory is the sequel to Batman The Long Halloween The Long Halloween tells the tragic story of Harvey Dent aka Two Face and his fall from grace Dark Victory follows this up by continuing the stories of Harvey, the Falcone crime family, and the Bat himself in the aftermath of Harvey s imprisonment.
The book follows the exact same format as its predecessor, and somewhat surprisingly uses the exact same theme to tie the episodes together Each issue takes place on a different holiday, and each holiday a victim is murdered by an anonymous serial killer Batman Gordon struggle to crack the case, which has no lack of suspects since Arkham Asylum has suffered a major security breach and most of Batman s famous foes are on the loose I thought The Long Halloween was a real classic, and its sequel does a number of things well Dark Victory is most famous for telling how Batman Robin got together, but it doesn t beat this story into the ground Instead, it manages to tie the Dark Knight s acceptance of Robin as a partner into the events of The Long Halloween and Bruce s own sense of loneliness I am one of those readers who finds Robin mostly annoying, but I thought that his character fit nicely into this story and actually added to my enjoyment of the tale.
The story is interesting, and like The Long Halloween features the full panoply of Batman rogues Loeb Sale do a good job of making this than standard beat em up fare always dull and creating a memorable story with recurring themes that fit nicely into the narrative I have always really liked Tim Sale s artwork, and this book is no different With the exception of the way he draws the Joker which is a little too out there , I love how he interprets everything in the Batman universe, and the art in this book is a dark joy to behold.
The one nitpick I have is the similarity to the plot of The Long Halloween I love the recurring characters and the extension of some of The Long Halloween s storylines But building the story around another holiday killer made the story feel a bit too much like a re hash of The Long Halloween, particularly in the first half before the plot begins to separate itself But that s a minor complaint, and overall I thought this was a very strong story with outstanding artwork that will satisfy the vast majority of Bat fans out there 4 stars, highly recommended
Rating countless god damn Batman stars I have so much love for this glorious volume and its prequel, Batman The Long Halloween Harvey Grundy Myself Each of us lost pieces of our livesand hid what was left in the dark, is this what I want for myself A world that exists only in darknessBatman Dark Victory continues the story of The Long Halloween, it concludes view spoiler Harvey Dent s transformation into Two Face, it also concludes Bruce Wayne s ill fated relationship with Selina Kyle, then it introduces Dick Grayson as the first Robin hide spoiler So, okay then This is the sequel to The Long Halloween which I was not the biggest fan of to begin with Still, on the enjoyment scale, this one was better That was until I got to the last two issues Ironically enough, whileThe Long Halloween had a rough start but a nonetheless merciful albeit incomplete resolution,Dark Victory managed to get a stronger and concise beginning but a frustrating and pointless ending I don t understand this travesty The Knightfall series is honestly better written Well, Loeb s stories should be fundamentally incomparable to Knightfall since the latter after all was written by multiple writers across different Bat titles The sole reason I compare them is becauase I was also quite lukewarm towards Knightfall but I would pick the omnibus series over either of Loeb s work any day.
I don t want to get into details about Dark Victory Ultimately it s a Batman story that brought no joy or appreciation for me I thought I could like any kind of Bat story out there I eventually did warm up to Greg Hurwitz in his writing for New 52 The Dark Knight run but Jeph Loeb had officially made me question that reality I can state from here on out that I don t enjoy the way he writes Batman There were a few areas that have potentials, most notably for Dark Victory The central murder mystery story had a better foundation a series of cop kilings with the murderer pinning notes on the corpses depicting the child s game Hangman as secret messages At least the victims were sympathetic people and not criminals who are a tad irredeemable But the holiday themed murders were needlessly overplayed like the torture horror of the SAW franchise.
Next, both Batman and Commissioner Gordon show remorse and guilt over the loss of Harvey Dent Batman spent most of the time blaming himself in his inner monologues about Dent s transformation to Two Face This would have been acceptable except that I never really saw a friendship developed in the prequel among these three to make the drama and internal conflict believable enough for me to care about And then there s the women The female characterizations were easily appalling and cheap as far as stereotypes and pigeonholing goes Every woman is given the roles among grieving spouses, easily manipulated girlfriends and whimsical seductresses and with little to no clarification for motivation or pay off to their arcs whatsoever.
I love Bruce and Selina s relationship in general but Loeb had accomplished the impossible feat he made me hate them together I couldn t stand their stupid dance of coquettish nonsense, especially so in Dark Victory Aside from the badly drawn costume, Catwoman had a weak arc for both Loeb stories and therefore her usual morally ambiguous actions were not as promising or as riveting to see unfold The only two women who are at least trying to break the mold were gangster Sofia Falcone and possible sociopath Gilda Dent who have interesting characterizations from the start but were sadly overlooked and underdeveloped midway through both stories.
I don t even want to acknowledge the wasteful space female District Attorney Porter took up for Dark Victory What a pathetic and unbelievable character And goddamn Dick Grayson who is featured in the Absolute Dark Victory cover prominently doesn t even have a major contribution to the storyline All he did here was sulk and look morose He isn t Jason Todd or Damian Wayne, dammit Where s the sparkling personality I ve always loved about the first Boy Wonder Overall yeah, fuck it I don t have any parting words But I will rate this one star higher than fucking Long Halloween just because.
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