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Batman: Dark Victory (Loeb and Sale's Batman #3)

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Written as the sequel to the critically acclaimed BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, this trade paperback continues to the tell 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 infested with c ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published November 30th 2001 by Titan Books Ltd (first published October 1st 2000)
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Kee Saitama
So, okay then. This is the sequel to The Long Halloween which I was not the biggest fan of to begin with. Still, on the enjoyment scale, this one was better. That was until I got to the last two issues. Ironically enough, while The Long Halloween had a rough start but a nonetheless merciful albeit incomplete resolution, Dark Victory managed to get a stronger and more concise beginning but a more frustrating and pointless ending. I don't understand this travesty. The Knightfall series is honestly ...more
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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Jace
Jul 23, 2010 Jace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Batman completists; fans of beautiful comic art
Shelves: comics
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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Evan Leach
Jun 02, 2013 Evan Leach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2000-2009, dc
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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Sam Quixote
Aug 12, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Stuart
Batman: Dark Victory: An excellent follow-up to Long Halloween
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Batman: Dark Victory (2000) takes place immediately after Batman: The Long Halloween (1997). In the aftermath of the Holiday Killer, Gotham’s Falcone and Maroni crime families are in chaos. Dark Victory is steeped in the same dark crime noir atmosphere as Long Halloween , so if you liked the first title you will like this one too. It’s all about mysterious killings, Mafia wars, the rise of
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Cacallahan
Feb 03, 2015 Cacallahan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Definitely one of my favorite graphic novels. It's a combination of The Godfather (crime family drama) with Batman, all the classic villains, detective work and the introduction of Robin. This is the sequel to Long Halloween and a major contributor to the recent Batman movies by Nolan.

Batman is his classic self with awesome detective skills, a larger than life presence, shadow and stealth, and a certain broken humanity. Yet for all his demands of justice and beat downs and no nonsense there is
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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.
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.
Roxanne
Jul 09, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Two-face is back, holding court in the sewers because where else is better, all your fave villains are in this, although could have done with a bit more freeze he's awesome. Really liked this one, alfred knows what up he's on point as ever. We get to see lil grayson who is my fave robin although we could have done with a bit more of his story. The artwork has really grown on me i love how they draw joker's huge ass grin, takes up like most of the page, and also how flippin cute is penguin, he's
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Jana
Dec 28, 2014 Jana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Dark Victory is a satisfying follow-up to The Long Halloween, both in terms of plot and art style. Even if it were a crime novel featuring a wealthy detective and his interaction with criminals, mobsters, and the local police force, it would still be thoroughly enjoyable to read. (The fact that said detective is Batman is just icing on the cake.)

As in Long Halloween, there is a string of murders taking place on significant days during one year. The difference is that the victims are members of
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Andy 117
Dec 13, 2014 Andy 117 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Long Halloween was, despite its villain-a-month hook, a tight, compact murder mystery at its core. With mob drama and crime procedural being flanked by Batman fighting the more recognizable of his (and Green Lantern's, I guess) rogues gallery, the result was a well-written, tightly-wound whodunnit with just enough Batman flavour to justify being a Batman book. As a sort of sequel to Year One, it works perfectly as far as the tone goes. But the scope, as with Year One, was decidedly limited.

L
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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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Kevin
Feb 18, 2012 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Alayne
Feb 17, 2016 Alayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics
Estuvo muy bueno, aunque se me hizo bastante largo en un principio. Después engancha y me gustó el final y al resolución.
Además, aparece Dick Grayson, y no había leído hasta ahora ningún cómic de Batman con él.
Bastante recomendable si te gusta el super héroe y los policiales (y si te gustó El Largo Halloween).
Eric
Dec 31, 2013 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Gavin
Jan 21, 2013 Gavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This was my 2nd reading of 'Dark Victory'. An early story in the Batman world, and a very good one. Follows the 'Long Halloween' storyline. Someone is targeting cops/gangsters and killing them. Batman has to work hard to figure out who, all while the whole villains gallery has been broken out of Arkham. Great stuff, also the first appearance of Dick Grayson.
Michael Benavidez
This is a direct sequel to (well not direct, but relies heavily on the events that happened in) The Long Halloween. It's practically mandatory to read to that before this one.
Unlike the Long Halloween though, this story exceeds it. The mystery is better crafted, the solving of it is a bit better but not by much, and pacing is far FAR better.
other than the character designs are the same, but don't bug me as much as they did the first time around. It takes a darker approach, well not really, but
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D. Scott Meek
Mar 28, 2014 D. Scott Meek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Timothy Stone
Feb 02, 2014 Timothy Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Anthony
Jul 26, 2012 Anthony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: batman
The sequel to The Long Halloween. It's very much a sequel in the sense that, basically, its the same story .

Loeb and Sale re-team once again to give Batman a new Cluedo murder mystery to solve. Much like The Long Halloween, the who's who of Batman's character catalogue appears, from Mr Freeze to the Calender Man. It doesn't add much to the story, other than the fact that they all team up, which doesn't make much sense. It does allow Sale to draw some pretty splash pages though.

Speaking of the
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Willinda
Město Gotham je protkané zločineckou sítí v různých podobách. Policie dělá, co může, ale nikdy to nebude stačit. Pomoc ale nabízí Batman, záhadný, odvážný a hlavně maskovaný ochránce města, který se snaží se zločinci vypořádat, očistit jej od nich a chránit jeho obyvatele. Jenže padouši nikdy nespí, a tak najednou Batman čelí dokonce více nepřátelům, v jejichž řadách ale panuje značný chaos. Přestože by je Batman určitě zvládnul sám (je to přeci jen Batman), pomáhá mu stejně jako on maskovaná Ca ...more
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Loeb, J. & Sale, T. (2001). Batman: Dark Victoy. New York: D.C. Comics

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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
Nov 18, 2012 Jowel Uddin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2016 Priya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
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
Mar 30, 2009 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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Aaronrd
Sep 02, 2013 Aaronrd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Romain X.
Oct 23, 2015 Romain X. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
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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Stacey
Nov 29, 2008 Stacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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