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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 protectors.Once a town controlled by organized crime, Gotham City suddenly finds itself being run by lawless freaks, such as Poison Ivy ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by DC Comics (first published October 1st 2000)
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Jace
Jul 23, 2010 Jace rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Batman completists; fans of beautiful comic art
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I don't have a lot to say about this book. It's a sequel to The Long Halloween, and the connection shows. Ultimately, DARK VICTORY suffers from its similarity to its predecessor. Aside from the details of who gets murdered, the stories are nearly identical:

An unknown villain kills his victims on holidays.
Harvey Dent/Two-Face is suspected in the crimes.
Batman tumbles with all of his rogues gallery while investigating the murders.
The killer is (disappointingly) revealed to be a character you nev
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Sam Quixote
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, e
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Evan Leach
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, a
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Sesana
The Long Halloween is a great book, but it did leave some loose threads hanging. It was probably inevitable that a sequel could come along, so here we have Dark Victory. The writing is pretty solid, but it's a little derivative of Long Halloween at times. The stories mirror each other too much for me. The best part is the introduction of Robin, done so many times over, but handled really well here. It is a good read, but it could have been better.
Frank
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
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Jays
The follow up to Loeb and Sale's previous hit story, The Long Halloween, Dark Victory picks up one year after the events of the earlier story. If you liked The Long Halloween's focus on a variety of characters and Gotham itself, this is a perfect follow up for you.

Let's be honest, Jeph Loeb is not writing Shakespeare. That said, Dark Victory is pretty frickin' Shakespearean. The same emphasis on a variety of characters struggling against fate, destiny, responsibility and all the rest elevate th
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Eric
Dec 31, 2013 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Batman fans
Recommended to Eric by: Joe Carl
Batman: Dark Victory, the direct sequel to Batman: The Long Halloween, is not nearly as good as its predecessor.

The problem is that it tries to do too much. The second similar serial killer story, the Dick Grayson/Robin story, the Batman/Catwoman story, and the freak villains finally uniting all could have worked, separately. Most of them probably could have been fit into Dark Victory successfully. But not all of them, all at once, and certainly not in a shorter space than The Long Halloween was
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StoryTellerShannon
Longer review possibly coming later.

CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: A minus; STORY/PLOTTING/PANELS: A minus; BATMAN/MYTHOLOGY: A minus; ARTISTIC PRESENTATION: A minus to A; ACTION SCENES: B plus to A minus; WHEN READ: mid November 2013; OVERALL GRADE: B minus to B.
D. Scott Meek
I didn't need to read the description of the book or the accolades to find out this is definitely the best Batman graphic novel I've ever read. A couple others have come close, but between the intricate and interesting plot, the magnificent drawing and coloring, or the introduction of Robin to the Batman world, it was a no-brainer. Not only are all your favorite bad guys here, but if you enjoyed the Christian Bale Batman trilogy as much as anyone did, you will certainly enjoy the story that insp ...more
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Set in the early days of Batman's career, Dark Victory is the follow up to Loeb and Sale's popular The Long Halloween. Like it's predecessor, this story weaves in many of the major villains as Batman and the newly-appointed Commissioner Gordon try to track down a cop-killer dubbed "Hangman." In their year-long quest, the relationship between thes
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Jowel Uddin
Batman: Dark Victory Review

Batman: Dark Victory takes place after the criminal and killer “Holiday” is arrested. With Harvey Dent no longer the District Attorney, after having acid spilled on his face, both Batman and Commissioner Gordon feel a sense of emptiness. Batman blames himself for Harvey's death and Gordon still can't truly get his life together –juggling between work and family. Batman becomes more isolated from Gordon and even from his rare allies such as Catwoman. The main story i
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Priya
This book continues from The Long Halloween about the Holiday Killer. This book comes with the new mystery killer called Hangman.

Father's love is the theme of the book. Bruce Wayne's love for his parents and the Falcone family's love for their father.

Harvey Dent plays a really annoying villain completely losing himself and taking the aide of Arkham Asylum inmates. We get a good insight of the birth of Robin.

Commissioner Gordon is another hero in the Batman series. Relentless in pursuing criminal
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Sophie
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Aaronrd
The is one of my favourite batman stories as I feel the development of Batman as a character is heavily emphasised throughout. I feel the story is thought provoking and the presence of Robin (some believing to be unnecessary) I believe provides Batman with a shade of humanity that seems to be lost over the many retellings of the Dark Knight. I like this because the story and characters feel more personal, the story invites you to read on and the characters are old favourites. The combination of ...more
Peter Derk
It looks like this book gets a lot of shit because of its similarity to the much-beloved Long Halloween.

First off, it should be noted that the collected editions were released 4 years apart. So yes, I'm betting if you read them back to back, you'd probably prefer the first part because the second part offered more of the same.

For me it's been at least a decade since I read Long Halloween, and somehow I was just getting to this one for the first time.

It's good! It's got a good variety of Gotham
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R.
Cette série se situe après les terribles évènements relatés dans Batman Long Halloween — qui ont conduit au réveil de la schizophrénie latente du procureur Harvey Dent le transformant en Double-face ainsi qu'à la mort du Romain Carmine Falcone.
Le fils du Romain, surnommé Holiday, accusé d’avoir perpétré plusieurs meurtres, est libéré par la nouvelle procureur pour vice de procédure. Au même moment, une évasion a lieu à l’asile d’Arkham et tous les plus grands criminels de Gotham City se retrouve
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Kevin
I know Chris Nolan is hesitant about having Robin in his Batman film series... but if he wants to get over that really quickly, he should read the graphic novel Batman: Dark Victory.

It isn't like this is a huge stretch, as it's in the same series (by the same award-winning author/artist dynamic duo) as Batman: The Long Halloween, which was cited as one of the main sources for The Dark Knight.

The reason I'm saying this is, Dark Victory has the exact same general approach and tone as Long Hallowee
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Stacey
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Sudipto Saha
Jeph Loeb has adorned the book with the likes of the “freaks” (Two-face, the Joker, Poison Ivy, the Riddler, Grundy, the Calendar Man, Mr. Freeze, Scarecrow, and the Penguin) who escape Arkham Asylum when a vengeful Sofia Falcone blows the institute off to kill the incarcerated Harvey Dent. Intended as a sequel to Batman: The Long Halloween, this book sees another villain like “Holiday” who starts killing retired cops one by one. The novel also includes the emergence of Robin and a subtle indica ...more
Nicholas
Much better than Haunted Knight as a follow-up and conclusion to the year one cycle begun by Miller and continued by Loeb. This, like The Long Halloween is a brilliantly complex story about organized crime and a follow-up to the fall of Harvey Dent. Dent defies moral categorization and at times you find yourself feeling sympathetic and even hopeful for his eventual redemption. There are hints of this throughout the story, and Loeb develops a keen sense of regret at the possibility that existed a ...more
David Larsson
How do you follow-up the kind of masterpiece that is "The Long Halloween" ? Loeb and Sale sure set the bars very high, and it's hard to believe that they would manage to do something even near as good. Then, you get your hands on "Dark Victory", and all your beliefs are dispended as you submerge yourself into this tale of crime, sorrow, and in a lot of ways, family. It is basically as good as it's predecessor, taking hold of you as a reader with an emotionally gripping story, completed by Sale's ...more
أحمد
An outstanding sequel to one of the most outstanding Batman stories. In "Batman: The Long Halloween" we've seen the second year of Batman's career (The first year was Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One"). And in "Batman: Dark Victory" we see the third year. With another mysterious serial killer who kills only cops. So who is the "Hang Man"? And what does this have to do with Harvey Dent? And how did Batman meet Robin? And who will rule Gotham City? The gangsters or "the freaks"? The answers will b ...more
Connor Lawrence
While isn't quite as good as The Long Halloween, with the origin of Robin in particular being done very hastily, Dark Victory still offers plenty of surprises and is a worthy follow-up.
Mambabasang Miong
Batman Dark Victory has way so many things going on that Batman has to become an overly talkative narrator. It revolves around a convoluted story of police murders. These serial killings are uninspired with murder clues I didn't even bother to look at again (and I'm not even comparing this to The Long Halloween). The Robin origin story is forced and Dick is a bit of a deus ex machina simply because the story is nearing its conclusion.

I'm okay with Dark Victory having a similar story with The Lon
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Ronson Brown
I think this is the best graphic novel I have ever read. Following the events of "The Long Halloween", Loeb and Sale deliver, in my opinion, an even stronger continuation. While "The Long Halloween" could possibly serve as a stand alone text, "Dark Victory" uses such a natural flow to once again enthrall readers with its twists, turns, and unique devices. "Dark Victory", never seems to come off as "supplemental" reading, and through every chapter, brings something to make you want to keep readin ...more
Lau
Dark Victory is a direct sequel to The Long Halloween. To be honest, I didn’t feel as it was very necessary. The story is practically the same as The Long Halloween but instead of leaving totems to represent the holidays, the killer leaves hangman notes.

The execution is practically the same as in its predecessor. There are several suspects and Batman and the police go from suspect to suspect, never being sure who the real culprit is. One by one, the most known villains in the Batman universe app
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Omar Alhashimi
Well Jeph Loeb has done it again and basically solidified his place in my favorite comics authors ever. Every comic I read of his has been above average even excellent I can say. Add that with the unique art style of Tim Sale and you have this incredible duo which I cannot wait to read more of their works. If there is any of there stuff i haven't already read.

I was actually a bit hesitant to pick up Dark Victory. After reading The Long Halloween and it being one of the best graphic novels I have
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Ryan Tandy
Following on from the events of The Long Halloween, where the Batman and Jim Gordon managed to catch to stop the murderous serial killer Holiday at the expense of their friend Harvey Dent, Dark Victory sees us in a Gotham City that has slowly escaped the thrall of organised crime only to be besieged by costumed super villains. The remaining mafia family battle these ‘freaks’ for control of the city while Batman and Commissioner Gordon do their best to stem the tide. But when another killer who c ...more
Timothy Stone
One of the most unique teams in comics is that of Batman and Robin. Batman, the ultimate loner, takes on a young sidekick (the first of many that form the “Bat-family”, and fights crime with him. Batman is all dark blues and grays designed to blend into the background, while Robin is bright (depending on how he's written, almost gaudily bright) colors, that are impossible to blend into any nighttime background. Batman is a perpetually grim guy who has to fight hard to keep from becoming as evil ...more
JJ Feinauer
I think as far as Tim Sale showing what he can do, this book is top notch. The mystery that Jeph Loeb constructs is just as compelling as The Long Halloween, and in some ways even surpasses it. It is, in story and tone, virtually identical to TLH, which is why some understandably criticize it. But I think if it's read as a continuation, or basically part of the same book, that is more easily forgiven.

The ending is kind of a let down (which has Moore to with how great the build up is than how ba
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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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