Batman: The Long Halloween Review

September 18, 2008 at 4:02 pm (Comics)

Ever since The Dark Knight I have had an increasing interest on the Batman universe. I had been shopping around for some Batman comics recently, and one that had stuck out was “The Long Halloween”, and not only was it a Batman comic, it was illustrated by Tim Sale, the man behind several of the paintings from Mendez on Heroes. The Long Halloween follows the story of Batman/Bruce Wayne, District Attorney Harvey Dent, and Lieutenant Gordon trying to rid Gotham City of the infamous “Holiday” killer, who is picking off members of Gotham’s mob one by one on major holidays. The entire comic takes on this epic crime story feel to it, with Batman and the gang becoming desperate for answers to the murders taking place. For those who loved The Dark Knight, The Long Halloween will be especially welcomed since TDK was inspired largely by this comic. Even though the main antagonists and crimes in this graphic novel are those of the regular breed, this novel contains to shortage of Batman’s classic foes. Mad Hatter, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, the Riddler, the Penguin, Two Face, and even the Joker make an appearance in this nearly 400 page epic tale of crime. The artwork in this bad boy is actually very good, fans of Heroes will enjoy the distinct style provided by Tim Sale and Jeph Loeb (also from Heroes). The story in this graphic novel has plenty of twists and turns, plenty of exciting moments, and a plethora of Bat-action, along with some classic well-known character revelations that will make the pages turn themselves. All in all, if you loved The Dark Knight like I did, want even more Batman to read on a Friday night that will last on up through the weekend, or just want a great comic, The Long Halloween is definitely a great read for all the Bat-nerds out there. This is actually first in a series, so I will definitely be checking out the next two.



  1. Brian L. Belen said,

    Actually it’s the first of a pair, the sequel being Dark Victory. That one’s worth reading, too.

    You might get the impression that Haunted Knight carries on with the story because it’s also by Loeb and Sale and has a similar cover design, but it’s just a compilation of a few (unrelated) Batman stories and is otherwise forgettable.

    If you haven’t yet, you’re better served checking out Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns. Together with Long Halloween and Dark Victory, those are in my opinion the best Batman stories out there.

  2. earlman27 said,

    Thanks Brian.

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