Batman: The Long Halloween

Batman: The Long Halloween

by Jeph Loeb

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Overview

Taking place during Batman's early days of crime fighting, this trade paperback 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 calendar 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606340038
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Series: Batman
Edition description: Bound for Schools & Libraries ed.
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 111,466
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jeph Loeb is an Emmy award nominated and Eisner award winning writer/producer living in Los Angeles. In television, his many credits include Smallville, Lost and Heroes and in film, Teen Wolf and Commando. In comics, he is best known for his work with the supremely talented artist and partner-in-crime Tim Sale on Batman: The Long Halloween, Superman for All Seasons, Catwoman: When in Rome for DC as well as Daredevil Yellow, Spider-Man Blue and Hulk Gray for Marvel. 

Tim Sale is not only the artist for the numerous collaborations with Jeph Loeb listed above, but has also worked on Deathblow, Batman: Legends of The Dark KnightGrendelWolverine/Gambit: VictimsBilli 99Amazon, and various other projects. He had the distinct honor of being the first creator chosen for the artist spotlight series Solo.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Every writer of Batman for the past fifteen years or so has been living in the shadow of Frank Miller. With both Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns, Miller nailed down a reputation as one of the best creators to ever tackle the mythos surrounding the caped crusader, at the same time setting a standard for quality stories that, to be honest, few have even come close to reaching since. But much as in recent months Brian Michael Bendis has finally been able to live up to Miller's reputation over in Daredevil, one writer in recent years has been able to match the pure excellence of Miller's work with Batman, a writer named Jeph Loeb. His seminal miniseries with artist Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween, stands out as the best story involving the character in the past fifteen years and one of the greatest Batman tales told of all time. A mystery told in 13 parts, The Long Halloween spans over three hundred pages and not a one of them is wasted. Taking place over the course of one year in the life of Batman, the story follows shortly after the events of Batman: Year One, when Batman first arrived on the scene in Gotham City. It even involves a few of the minor characters seen in Miller's work, as it details Batman's hunt for a serial killer who strikes each month on a major holiday at major crime figures in Gotham. As each month the bodies pile up, Batman becomes more and more driven to find the killer's true identity and end the bloodshed. Loeb uses the whodunit aspect of this story to keep readers guessing until the very last page, and even beyond the book's end. But far more than being a tale of the mob in Gotham or a simple murder mystery, The Long Halloween is an in-depth character study of those people that populate the world in which Batman operates, not the least of which is Bruce Wayne himself. Through his narration we are given such incredibly deep insight into his motivations that, when he acts, we see the logic behind each action from his point of view. We see him gradually driven to the point of obsession in finding Holiday, and we realize that he could not have behaved in any other way. Those characters usually relegated to minor status are also allowed to come out in full force. Selina Kyle, Harvey Dent, Jim Gordon-all have been a part of Batman's life for years, but here we get to see how these relationships started, what molded them into the shape they are today. Even Johnny Viti, one of those minor mafiosos Miller threw into Year One, Loeb gives a chance to shine in this tale, although his time on the page is almost as brief. The characters draw readers in, truly engaging them in the narrative much more so than a mere four-color fistfight or a soap opera in tights can. The art too is absolutely exquisite. Tim Sale is an artist who can really make characters breathe, and his action sequences truly come to life. Too often comic artists make many of their characters look the same, but Sale really makes his characters stand out from one another. Harvey Dent is not just Bruce Wayne with lighter hair; he has a look all his own, created not only through facial expressions but posture as well. When Alberto Falcone and his father The Roman stand side by side, we can see a family resemblance, but they are not carbon copies of each other. Sale is sometimes criticized for over-using the splash page and the two-page spread, but here the images deserved the treatment they got and every picture is worth thousands upon thousands of words. Thematically the book transcends the conventions of either the superhero or crime genres and ends up meaning so much more than a typical tale of good versus evil. By the end of this story, everyone has suffered from being a part of it; in the end, no one wins. This concept is a constant in Batman's life, that his crusade is not actually spawned by the death of his parents, but by the consistent losses he has felt in his life ever since that fateful day. For Bat
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! It was pretty righteous because it was also like a mafia film noire story with a sort of Godfather feel to it. The story tells of a mystery killer who murders on the holidays. I involves just about every supervillain and makes you try to figure out right up until the end who the killer (killers?) is and still makes you wonder even after the pages close. Jeph Loeb is an awsome writer. Tim Sale, the artist, definitely makes an awesome sidekick to Loeb (wish i could say the same about the little kid who wears tights and runs around with batman in some less esteemed comics) therefore make a perfect writing duo. A must read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is great. Jeph Loeb's best work. This details Batman in his early days. Most of the great villians are in this. I love it... A must for any bat-fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a Batman fan ever since I was about 5 years old, and since then I've read every graphoc novel and comic book and seen every movie or cartoon I could get my hands on, and "Batman: The Long Halloween" remains to be the greatest Batman story I've ever read. Jeph Loeb tells this story as if it were actually award- winning literarure ( which it qualifies as, by the way ) and Tim Sale's art is like an oil painting, not just enhancing the story but actually adding to it, something very few comic book artists have ever done. The story reads like one of those "Dateline" episodes that you watch in the dark and try to convince yourself that you're not scared by, but you are. It's a story of tragedy and about fallen heroes. The greatest thing about the story is that it makes you care about the other characters, besides Batman. It is for this reason that "Long Halloween" remains to be the greatest Batman story ever told, in my opinion.
paulgomez More than 1 year ago
Great Novel, builds off the Batman: Year One, awesome pacing, I loved the ending, and the building of suspense. The art was good, but the story was better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Long Halloween' is one of the novels that the upcoming film 'The Dark Knight' will be based off of. It features the origin of the Harvey Dent character and tells the story of Batman's alliance with Jim Gordon to stop a mysterious killer. While keeping the viewer entertained, it also shows several interesting looks at justice through each character's point of view. As a wonderful mystery and a powerful story, this book is a must-read for any Batman fan and will provide interesting insight into the new Batman film to be released in 2008.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this twisting and turning story by Jeph Loeb, a killer is on the loose killing people on holidays beeing named the "Holiday Killer" or "Holiday". Taking place in the early years of Batman, Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent (yes folks, thats right: Two Face) this is another masterful story by Jeph Loeb.
Lisa_D More than 1 year ago
The Long Halloween is an absolutely absorbing read; I really could not put the book down. The story line is well-structured and the novel itself is filled with a great amount of suspense. This is an ultimate must-read for any Batman fan! Chris Nolan's Batverse was based off of this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Batman: The Long Halloween' keeps you guessing until the very end. If your a fan of Batman then you need to read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you really want to know what drove Harvey Dent to become Two Face, than this is a must read. This book is probably the best murder mystery in the Batman comics and has a lot of other great sub plots. A must have for any Batman fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started and couldn't put it down. Lots of twist and turns. Great read for a rainy night.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Picking up where Batman: Year One left off, The Long Halloween begins with Batman, Harvey Dent, and Jim Gordon making a pact to bring down mob boss Falcone. Meanwhile, a serial killer known as "Holiday" murders another person(s) on each major holiday and leaves everyone theorizing on who's behind this violence. With the story told as a year's worth of Gotham happenings, each chapter of the collected volume focuses on one month and its holiday, including the subsequent killing. While the mystery of this serial killer's identity is fairly predictable (I guessed correctly pretty early on), it still provoked speculation. And, this subplot was interesting enough to watch it unravel, although I thought there should have been more of an explanation of the killer's motivations at the end. Getting more of the story of Gotham's mafia problems and how our heroes deal with that issue was also interesting, although again I sometimes felt that certain parts were brushed over pretty quickly (i.e., Bruce Wayne's trial). Likewise, Catwoman's agenda was never explained. Excepting these concerns, the writing was pretty solid throughout this book and the art was particularly good. A whole host of regular Batman characters (i.e., the Joker, Scarecrow, Riddler, Poison Ivy, etc.) make appearances in this book, making it a veritable Who's Who of Gotham's most memorable inhabitants. All and all, this is a fairly entertaining and quick read.
leld on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mystery action, a good portrayal of both Batman and criminals, and beautiful art. A great book, a must read for someone just getting into the Batman universe.
vickdamonejr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loeb and Sale bring Batman back to his detective roots. This story is complex and intricate enough that it can be enjoyed by anyone takes pleasure in a great mystery story. Featuring exceptional art, story, and characterization this is a must for any comic book fan and anyone who enjoys a great storyline.
stipe168 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
features most if not all of the batman villans and then some, about a killer called The Roman who kills on holidays. Excellent. Nice art too.
velvetsnape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale, the dynamic duo of the graphic novels!
drewandlori on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great mystery story, from Batman's earlier days.
comfypants on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining, but not as great as I expected. It moves too quickly - major villains come and go over the course of what feels like just a few pages. And for being a noir mystery story, Batman does very little detective work; the majority of his time seems to be spent chatting with Gordon and Dent.
Eruantien on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After watching The Dark Knight last summer, I read that there were several comic book stories that Christopher Nolan drew inspiration from when creating the movie. One of them, The Killing Joke, I had already read. The other, The Long Halloween, promptly went on my To Read list. I finally bought it on a recent trip to the bookstore, read it, and loved it.The Long Halloween is set early in Batman's career, shortly after the events of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One. Harvey Dent, the District Attorney for Gotham City, Police Captain James Gordon, and Batman unite to take down the criminal empire of Carmine "The Roman" Falcone. Viewers of Batman Begins will remember him as the gangster who worked with the Scarecrow. In this story, he is a part of a large family of mobsters, all struggling for control of money and entire cities. But Gotham is a different city than it was when Batman first appeared. The gangsters are slowly being replaced by the likes of the Joker and the Mad Hatter, costumed answers to the Dark Knight. In the midst of this, someone murders Falcone's nephew on Halloween, leaving behind a gun and a small jack-o-lantern. This is only the beginning of the string of murders committed by the person the newspapers dub Holiday, since they all occur on holidays and the killer always leaves behind a trinket related to the holiday.Since the Holiday victims are all members of Falcone's mob or his relatives, Harvey Dent isn't terribly upset about them. Falcone believes his rival mobsters are behind them. Batman begins to suspect Dent, a man he considers a friend. Along the way, links between Falcone's father and Bruce Wayne's father lead Dent to suspect Bruce of corruption.Batman's rogues gallery is well represented here, with one popping up in almost every chapter. Catwoman appears throughout the story as a sort of ally to Batman, while others like Poison Ivy and the Joker are obstacles in Batman's hunt to find the killer.Ultimately, the killer is captured on Halloween, a year after the first murder. Harvey Dent meets his inevitable fate and becomes Two Face, and the mob's hold on Gotham grows weaker.I really enjoyed the storyline, but this volume does have its faults. Because it was originally published in 13 issues, there is quite a bit of repetitive exposition. Harvey Dent's state of mind is not explored as well as it could be, so his fall into madness seems a bit sudden and random. The dialogue is a bit sparse and some subplots are not neatly tied up. The artwork is sometimes very good and sometimes very bad. The action scenes in particular are very well done. It's a few quibbles like that that prevent me from giving The Long Halloween 5 stars.
devandecicco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is quite possibly the most fascinating re-envisioning of Batman's story line that I ever encountered. The artwork melds traditional Batman motifs with more modern accents and dark tones.
TurtleKnitta on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although not my very favorite of the Batman series, Loeb and Sale did an excellent job capturing the atmosphere of Batman's first year. They brought in a lot of the mythology surrounding him and created a dark yep captivating world for him to live in. It was no Frank Miller, but I still found myself interested in what would happen next. Overall, an enjoyable read and a good addition to my collection.
francomega on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heard this was the inspiration for the new movie.Very good story (serial killer of other criminals strikes on every holiday throughout the year) featuring all the big players in the Bat universe with a special emphasis on Harvey Dent's transformation into Two-Face. One of the best non-Frank Miller Batman books.
Radaghast on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Batman: The Long Halloween is a great and quick read. It is exactly what you look for in a traditional Batman story. The grittiness is there, the noire, all with a super hero touch. While it isn't as heavy as The Dark Knight Returns, it gives you everything you want and more. If you have any love for Bats, you should read it.
schatzi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm more of a Marvel fan myself, and if you've read Loeb's recent contributions to the Marvel Universe (especially Ultimatum - ugh), you'll probably understand why I was rather reluctant to read this book in spite of how often it was recommended to me. But, after finally caving, I see why this comic is so highly talked about still, and it made me want to read more from DC.There's a new killer on the loose in Gotham - "Holiday," who only kills once a month on a holiday. Starting on Halloween, Holiday begins gunning down members of Falcone's empire. Except who is Holiday? Plenty of people have motivation to take down Falcone - including his arch enemy, Batman, Harvey Dent, Catwoman, etc. I have to admit, I didn't guess who Holiday was, which is relatively rare for me. I like a book that can keep me guessing, and this one definitely did. I do think that the plot could have been a bit tighter, though, and I didn't like how quickly Harvey Dent went crazy when turned into Two-Face. Even though Dent was obviously halfway to the edge before getting the acid to the face, I don't know that he would have snapped so completely and easily. Tim Sale's art is, well, unique. He does a great job of keeping a noir atmosphere and some of the scenes look awesome, but the faces (especially of the female characters) look really weird at times. Altogether, this is a great comic, even for those who aren't huge DC fans. And at nearly 400 pages for only $19.99 retail, it's also at a great price; Marvel would charge double for that!
GingerbreadMan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Me and a colleague had a pretty interesting discussion a few weeks ago, about Batman as a potential myth. We came to the hypothesis that a thousand of years from now, the story of Batman could well be one of the classic archetypes of the 20th century. The story of the man who dresses up like a bat to avenge the death of his parents, the dark hero constantly battling the similarities between himself and the ones he's sworn to fight, has already been told and reinvented many times. It's proven to lend itself to such different retellings as the early detective stories, Warhol's 60ies clown show, Miller's gritty and dark realism and the dirty grotesque of the latest films. And with lots of interesting sub-myths to boot! (Then we went on to debate our favourite villains.)I was so inspired I went out and picked up this stylish graphic novel, one I haven't read in many years. And it was really nice visiting Loeb's Gotham again. "The long Halloween" is a "Year Two" story, taking place early in Batman's career. His more notorious foes are just beginning to appear, and one of the themes of this book is the dawning of a new era of crime in Gotham, where the classic gangsters are losing ground to the freaks. One interesting question brushed on in this book is if there's a connection between Batman's appearance and the arrival of the new strand of masked psycho in Gotham. Is Batman in fact attracting them, by being who he is?Above all however, this is a nice, dark, crime mystery about a serial killer striking at different holidays. And a retelling of one of the more interesting sub-myths mentioned above: Harvey Dent's journey from struggling DA to the unpredictable Two-Face. A pleasant and stylish read all the way through, this. I'll be sure to check out more of Loeb's and Sale's work.