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Batman: The Long Halloween (Batman)

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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 myster ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 11th 2011 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
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
Erin (Paperbackstash) *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
Aug 12, 2008 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 08, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jan 23, 2013 StoryTellerShannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Sam Quixote
May 15, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Kee the Ekairidium
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
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
Nov 09, 2011 Sesana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 pr ...more
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
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
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
Nov 29, 2008 Kemper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Darth Andrew
I have one word for this book.

Love. Love love love.

This was my pick for Batman week with The Shallow Comics Group.
Dec 20, 2008 Joeji rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Batman fans
Shelves: graphic, hero-mythos
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Dec 01, 2015 Panagiotis rated it really liked it
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
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)

Apr 12, 2012 Hayden rated it really liked it
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 13, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
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.
Mar 29, 2016 Manveer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2016-reads
Quick question. When the clock strikes twelve, do I get a little kiss?
John Yelverton
Sep 30, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest Batman stories ever told. Unlike typical graphic novels, you are guessing who the culprit is, even after the end!
Jun 08, 2015 Ivan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I see that some praise It's graphic part but I didn't like it.I like strong noir vibe but characters (with exception of batman, scarecrow and mad hater) look awful.I think it could have been done lot better while keeping same style.

That being said story is good.It's set in batman's early career when he was fighting organized crime and it doesn't involve his "unnatural" opponents(well except for Ivy) just plain old psychos like Joker,Scarecrow, Ridler but only as minor characters.Story actually d
Batman, Captain Jim Gordon, and Harvey Dent track a murderer across a year of holidays, coming into conflict with the two primary mob families of Gotham and several of Batman's nemeses.

Batman, The Godfather, dating Catwoman, a revised origin of Two-Face... These are a few of my favorite things. Despite its length, the noir plot focusing on the crime families was engrossing, with possibly the best use of the Falcone and Maroni gangs to date (including their depictions so far in Gotham). The Godfa
Timothy Stone
Sep 22, 2015 Timothy Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Batman: The Long Halloween is one of the seminal works of the modern Batman mythos. It is a chapter in a series of Batman comics stories that tell the tale of the early stages of the Caped Crusader's crime-fighting career. It is, in fact, still mostly in continuity after the Flashpoint crisis crossover event rebooted the DC Universe.

The story begins during Batman's second year as a crime-fighter. At this point, Gotham City is still ruled by the iron fist of organized crime. The “freaks”, as the
Feb 21, 2013 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Graphic novel fans
Recommended to Eric by: Joe Carl
I had never really been a fan of DC comics and frankly never much liked DC's universe of characters, having always gravitated towards Marvel comics. But I loved the movie Batman Begins, and with that in mind, a friend recommended this to me. I gave it a shot and am very glad I did.

This collected graphic novel was a wonderfully told, self-contained tale, and much more reminiscent of Alan Moore graphic novels than of the campy Batman comics I remember as a kid.

The 13-issue comic series featured a
Jun 27, 2012 Jessie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I've been spoiled by amazing Batman story lines such as The Dark Knight Returns and the Hush series, but I found The Long Halloween really underwhelming. There was little to no plot development and characters just seemed to come of the woodwork for a quick moment only to be gone the next second. Overall, the plot could have been great. It was somewhat interesting but it all was too rushed and forced. Especially the closing scene where the culprit is revealed. When you get there, you'll kno ...more
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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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