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Batman: The Long Halloween (Batman)

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  54,481 Ratings  ·  1,552 Reviews
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 calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by DC Comics (first published November 30th 1997)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

What? 3 stars is good! It was way better than sucky book


For reals Bats? Are we going to go there?
This book had some draggy parts that bored me, but it did have Poison Ivy, The Riddler, The Joker, Catwoman and The it had some good stuff...but what the hell was with Soloman Grundy? He had no place in the frigging book.
Plus the art made you look hot.


Now you are gonna grope me?

I could go for that.


*image removed-censored*

Ok weirdo...
Oct 28, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
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 (w
Feb 08, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it

The story is set during Batman's second year as a crime-fighter if im correct. Gotham City is ruled by 2 Mafia Families. Because all of the villians we know that Batman fights are just emerging, and are yet to become a real threat in Gotham.

There is a serial killer who kills off the members of Mob Families whom the newspapers name "the Holiday Killer" due to his or her likeness for striking on holidays. Now Batman, Gordon and Harvey team up to take down this menace.

The story is pretty entertain
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

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
Jan 23, 2013 StoryTellerShannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was one of the three Batman comics which influenced the making of the movie BATMAN BEGINS. The sequel to that film THE DARK KNIGHT grabbed heavily from this particular graphic novel. It's something of an early years of Batman's time as he deals mostly with the mob and an avenger named Holiday who kills people during almost any holiday. There are some good connection setups between Batman, Gordon and Dent. Film noirish style as to the murders some would say.

Aug 12, 2008 Andy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: batman fans
Shelves: comix-novel
Every comic book artist thinks their interpretation of Batman is the best, but most of them are overdrawn. Tim Sale gets it – he’s one of the best Batman artists I’ve seen. I think he captures the insanity of the Mad Hatter and the Scarecrow so well, and his rendering of Batman is one of the best.
I was listening to Amon Tobin’s “Out From Out Where” while reading “The Long Halloween” and the music fit the comic perfectly (especially “The Searchers”). Try it some time: I think Tobin should score
The Origins of Harvey Dent has begun!

Two Face


Now, I have been reading many Batman comics whose stories dealt with Batman defeating one of his greatest foes, the Joker. But, I had always wanted to read some “Batman” stories that dealt with another one of Batman’s greatest foes, Two-Face! I got interested in Two-Face’s story when I saw one of the episodes on “Batman: The Animated Series” that dealt with the origin tale of Two-Face and I was amazed at how well that episode portrayed the r
Nicolo Yu
Jan 03, 2014 Nicolo Yu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comixology
I almost didn't get this digital copy when ComiXology had its graphic novel sale for the holidays. I was leaning toward Batman: Hush, also by Jeph Loeb and with art by Jim Lee, but I already have that story in singles. It was best deal though, if it's measured in pages with a 353 page count. So I pulled the trigger on the purchase. I didn't regret it.

The Long Halloween is probably the best work to come out from the collaboration of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. It's set in Year One of Frank Miller, wh
Kee Queen
I won't lie. I had high hopes for this story. After all, it has been consistently placed in the Best Batman Stories lists, either as part of the Top 10 or Top 5 graphic novels you have to read. Comprised of thirteen issues, Jeph Loeb's The Long Halloween had great promise. It had all the right ingredients. We got Bruce Wayne just starting out his early years as Batman, and his partnerships with Commissioner Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent. We got the Falcone and Maroni crime familie ...more
Sam Quixote
May 15, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it
Want to know exactly why this book is garbage, in detail? I wrote this article today about the many faults of The Long Halloween which you can read here. Let me know what you think!
Jeannette Nikolova
May 18, 2016 Jeannette Nikolova rated it it was ok
Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.

I can't say that I had fun reading The Long Halloween. Rather, I grew tired with it by the end. It's okay, of course, because luckily authors and illustrators of comic books change all the time, but as praised as this book is by critics and fans alike, it was not for me. Both the story and the art were more old school that I was in for. On the other hand, with time and reading more Batman, I think I might revisit it and maybe even have a new appreciatio
Nov 09, 2011 Sesana rated it it was amazing
The Long Halloween is a follow-up to Year One, written by Jeph Loeb because Frank Miller had no apparent interest in doing so. (After having read All-Star Batman and Robin, I think that's a good thing.) It essentially picks up right where Year One left off. Batman is still kind of new to all of this, still working out his code of ethics and how best to use the Batman persona. It's also a passing of the torch for Gotham itself, moving the city from one ruled by the mafia to one terrorized on a ...more
Aug 21, 2016 Sud666 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
An utterly magnificent Batman tale. That is the best way I can describe this amazing story written by Jeph Loeb. If you love Batman or just appreciate a well crafted murder mystery then this is a book you will appreciate. The best part is the wonderful story is supplemented by Tim Sale's gorgeous art. This is a stylish volume. Beautifully illustrated with many memorable scenes.

The Long Halloween is a detective story centering around three distinct protagonists and a large cast of secondary chara
Nolan himself recognizes Loeb's influence on his Dark Knight trilogy, and it is everywhere in these pages, but Loeb's The Long Halloween is much better than what Nolan did on screen. It takes the post-Miller Dark Knight back to his kinder gentler detective past without the cheese and stupidity. Loeb's Batman is morose and grey, but he's not bitter, nasty, or "dark," which makes him much more welcoming to the reader. I think this is the ideal beginning for anyone interested in Batman. Plus, it's ...more
Nov 29, 2008 Kemper rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhero
Jeph Loeb's work on Batman are some of the best stories ever done about the character, and this and Hush are proably the two best.
Batman: The Long Halloween: A brilliant crime noir mystery
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Batman: The Long Halloween takes place soon after Frank Miller's Batman: Year One (1987) in chronology. Batman is still in his early days of crime-fighting, while Captain Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent are trying to combat corruption in the police force and courts. This book is a lengthy and gripping noir story that goes back to Batman’s roots as a detective, as he and Jim and Harvey al
Muhammad Shakhawat Hossain
If 'awesome' hadn't become an adjective too cliché, I would've surely used it. Batman: The Long Halloween has truly an enticing plot and the storytelling is pretty neat. The mystery that kept baffling Batman, is not revealed until almost the very end of the novel. Also, the twisting climax gives a goose bump and will leave the readers at their wit's end!

The chief antagonist, Carmine Falcone is loosely based on Mario Puzo's iconic character Don Vito Corleone and the starting is pretty much simil
Andrew Greatbatch
Aug 14, 2015 Andrew Greatbatch rated it it was amazing
I have one word for this book.

Love. Love love love.

This was my pick for Batman week with The Shallow Comics Group.
Apr 12, 2012 Hayden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I put off reading this book for a long time, but with the impending release of The Dark Knight Rises this summer, I felt like it was time to pick up the last Batman classic I hadn't read.

This dark, brooding story takes huge, huge influence from the 1972 film The Godfather. In fact, whole scenes are lifted from the movie, such as the opening line, the license plate copying in the beginning, and the orange grove scene. After putting it down, I was somewhat disappointed Batman didn't wake up to fin
aPriL does feral sometimes
Wow. Beautifully drawn and a very interesting noir mystery too.

'Batman: The Long Halloween' takes place after Batman: Year One. Batman is tougher now that he is a seasoned hero, but he is a still a young man, certain he can live forever and determined to clean up Gotham City as he promised at his murdered parents' graves.

A serial killer going by the name of Holiday is stalking Gotham's two most powerful crime families, the Malconis and the Falcones. Beginning on Halloween, someone from one of th
Dec 20, 2008 Joeji rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Batman fans
Shelves: graphic, hero-mythos
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Apr 13, 2015 Josh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I really liked this one. I wasn't a huge fan of the art at first, but it grew on me and I was on board by April. Lots of cameos from different Bat-Villains, but not in a way that I felt like it was forced. Batman, Gordon, and Harvey Dent are working together to stop a killer who kills on each holiday. The storyline keeps you guessing and was engaging. If I was going to turn someone on to reading Batman, I'd likely start them here. Next up: Dark Victory!
It's a fair read. I'm not in love with it, but it kept me reasonably interested, and there's a nice twist at the end.

I'm not a fan of the art, but it's tolerable. The worst part for me are the way some of the women look. Selina Kyle looks... like a creepy, witchy, Michael Jackson... and her proportions are disturbing. But, at least he drew some muscle on her? *cringes*

Overall, you don't need to read this, but it's fine if you do. If you like Two-Face, you'll find his origin story here.
Jul 03, 2015 Roxanne rated it it was amazing
It's a beaut of a read, keeps you guessing the entire time i was so convinced who it was, feeling like gordon i had solved it, knew who holiday was and then the book is like no fuck you, you're wrong and it's awesome! It has all your fave villains, ivy being a fire cracker, joker being his crazy ass self. It's just so good you have to pick this one up!
I was not expecting the pure hugeness of this book when I ordered it. One could murder small animals with this and concuss large ones. (normal sized Sandman graphic novel for comparison)

Dec 01, 2015 Panagiotis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Έψαχνα εδώ και καιρό να διαβάσω μία καλή μπάτμαν ιστορία. Ανάμεσα σε αυτές που προτείνονταν ως απαραίτητο ανάγνωσμα με τον σκοτεινό ιππότη ξεχώρισα τούτο. Το έπιασα με μια ανυπομονησία περιμένοντας να διαβάσω μια από τις καλύτερες ιστορίες του μπατμαν μια αμιγώς αστυνομική ιστορία, μια αφήγηση που, μαζί με τις ιστορίες του Μίλερ, διαμόρφωσε τον ηρώα όπως συστήθηκε εκ νέου στις καινούριες ταινίες.

Η εισαγωγή του τόμου νομίζω είναι άκρως ενδεικτική του ειδικού βάρους αυτής τη ιστορίας στο πάνθεον τ
Dec 22, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, batman
Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale... I swear, these guys should just rent a house in the middle of nowhere together and just produce Graphic Novels!

I had bought the original single issues of Batman: The Long Halloween, but when DC decided to publish them in their Absolute format, I couldn't resist but to double-dip... one of the best purchases I've ever made. This story is worth reading and looking at in the larger hardcover version and it is one of the books I will cherish until they pry it from my dead h
Mar 05, 2016 Nicole rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
So, apparently, including a big group of villains in one story isn't just a quirk of the previous Batman GN I read.
Aspects of the plot were interesting, and the end twist was a jawdropper.
The way Batman, Jim Gordon, and Harvey Dent interacted was good. The Catwoman thing didn't really go anywhere.
I don't have graphic design training, so I guess I just don't have a great appreciation for the excess use of shadows. And most of the characters were just plain ugly, in my opinion. The Joker is usua
John Yelverton
Sep 30, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest Batman stories ever told. Unlike typical graphic novels, you are guessing who the culprit is, even after the end!
Dan Schwent
Feb 26, 2009 Dan Schwent rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I thought the mystery was well done but the pace was a little slow.
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Joseph "Jeph" Loeb III is an Emmy and WGA nominated American film and television writer, producer and award-winning comic book writer. Loeb was a Co-Executive Producer on the NBC hit show Heroes, and formerly a producer/writer on the TV series Smallville and Lost.

A four-time Eisner Award winner and five-time Wizard Fan Awards winner (see below), Loeb's comic book career includes work on many major
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