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Batman: The Long Halloween

(Batman: The Long Halloween #1-13)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  81,358 ratings  ·  2,533 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 clock as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery t ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by DC Comics (first published November 30th 1997)
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2.5 stars

The first thing you need to know is that The Long Halloween isn't actually a Halloween story. Sadly, if you're looking for that perfect spooky tale to curl up with during October, you'll need to keep on looking. It's a Young Batman vs the Mob story.


Ok, this is one of those Batman stories that everyone loves and I just sort of tolerate. I don't hate it or anything, I just can't really muster up any excitement for it. But I keep trying.
This was my 3rd time and I thought maybe now tha

"I believe in Gotham City."

The Long Halloween deserves its hype. It's a classic Batman story and belongs among the greatest like Batman Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, and The Killing Joke.

I have to say, this is probably Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's best work.

Loeb's writing is incredible. It definitely draws from Frank Miller's Batman Year One with its sense of noir, crime drama, mystery, and the addition of light horror. But largely The Long Halloween is, as the cover blurb says, "an epic trag
Oct 28, 2013 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
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.


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Dan Schwent
Sep 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2019-comics, 2019
Someone is killing off associates of Gotham City's crime lord, Carmine "The Roman" Falcone but only only holidays. Can Batman, Commissioner Gordon, and Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent stop Holiday before the entire Falcone crime family is dead?

I first read Batman: The Long Halloween in that mythic time before I felt compelled to write reviews for everything I read. I didn't care for it at the time but when a copy fell into my lap last week, I decided to give it another go.

Batman: The L
Sean Barrs
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Comic books often deal with extremes; they deal with the extremely good and the extremely bad, highlighting the struggle between two opposites on the morality scale.

One wishes to wreak havoc, hurt people and gain some form of gratification. The other wishes to save and restore order. The two are diametrically opposed, though sometimes in order to achieve the most ultimate form of good (or evil) one needs step into the opposite camp to reach their goals. The two are not so far apart as they may
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pretty decent volume, full of all the favorites and the beginning of Two-Face, featuring a ton of mobsters and everyone, including the villains and Batman, are bright and shiny and new. It's Year One for the DC line, and it's just fine. Coherent, fun, even having a bit of depth.

I like the quality and it's a good story. I especially loved all the interactions with Catwoman.

Other than that? It's just the classic Two-Face opener. :) Good mystery, interesting reveal. Solid.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my very first Batman comic. Apparently it's not too bad a place to start. I must admit I'm not too much into the big superhero comics but instead prefer independent comics (mostly because of the constant re-boots of universes etc).

The Long Halloween is actually less of a superhero comic and more of a detective story. We have a bunch of mobsters such as Mr. Falcone and his Familia and on each holiday, someone dies. Thus, Batman (together with Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon) must
Pantelis Andreou
“Life is made up of little disappointments, Mr. Falcone. It’s what makes what we do so...challenging.”

This is Batman at it’s finest!

Adored the story till the last page with twist after twist! Jeph Loeb surely did an amazing job writing this mystery and Tim Sale’s art was something to behold with darker tones when some murders took place.

Only minor complaint is that i wanted more involvement with the joker here. Otherwise an amazing story for every Batman fan!
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
In general, this might be the most quintessential Batman story ever. I wouldn't call it the best just yet, but definitely one of the most definitive. It captures a proper tone, rightfully grounding it as a crime epic and features almost all of the major bat-villains. It follows a tumultuous year early in Batman's career as a vigilante as he works with GCPD Captain James Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent to bring down the untouchable Carmine "The Roman" Falcone and his crime mob that rule ...more
Sam Quixote
Oct 16, 2011 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! ...more

I made a promise to my parents that I would rid the city of the evil that took their lives.

I wasn't really intending to read The Long Halloween, even when it was highly recommended to me by my comic book reading friends. I'm member of a Goodreads group that has Batman: Dark Victory as their next group read and I wanted to participate. However, it seems that Dark Victory is set after the events from The Long Halloween, so I was just fuck it, let's read this shit.

I'm ha
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Well, this is a rarity.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I re-read a book.  Granted, this was a graphic novel, which is generally a quick read anyhow, but usually my cup overfloweth with new reads leaving me with little interest in re-reading stuff.  Back in August when I was scheduling my reads for October (a.k.a spooky book month), I was perusing my shelf for some frightening fiction when I came across Batman: The Long Halloween.  Given that I haven’t read this one in about eleven years,
Aug 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody, ever, under no circumstances. Run, you fool, RUN!
Recommended to Artemy by: Ran

Warning! This is not strictly a review as much as me just loudly yelling into the void, so if your gentle soul can't handle some tasteful swearing, please avoid it at all costs.

My second attempt at giving Jeph Loeb another chance failed spectacularly. This book is everything I ever hated about Jeph Loeb's writing: contrived plotting, horrible character work, unbearably bad dialogue, and the story that is so fucking dull and stupid that I would literally, honestly rather go and watch paint dry in
Jan 03, 2014 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 20, 2011 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 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
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Batman The Long Halloween is probably one of the few comic-book events/crossovers that I actually liked.

Why's that? First of all, it didn't try to be too ambitious or confusing, which tends to be the case with huge comic book events etc.
What it does well: It's consistent, fast-paced and it gets to the point. In addition to that, the book doesn't shy away from giving the readers some unanswered questions that will make them think about them and come up with their own ideas.

I just like the whole i
✨Bean's Books✨
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Batman for the holidays? What could be better?
With an All-Star cast including Catwoman, Two-Face and Poison Ivy, this is definitely one of my favorite Batman comic series. Well illustrated, story is very well-thought-out and parts of it we're even made into a movie! This one definitely gets a two thumbs way up from me! 👍😁👍
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
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
Jesse A
It's time I admitted something, more to myself than anything. I don't like Batman as a character. Feels good to get off my chest. He just doesn't work for me as a superhero. He's a P.I. in a silly costume. And don't get me started on him in the justice League. "Hey Batman, we have a crime going on. Grab Superman's cape so you can get there too" Some of the movies work because he exists in a world without a Superman or Wonder Woman but in their world he doesn't work for me.

2nd review: Ok. I'm muc
Jeannette Nikolova
May 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
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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 appreciat
"I believe in Harvey Dent."

Belief is all that we have in this world. Gilda states her belief in her husband Harvey Dent, Gordon states his belief in law and order, and of this city, but most importantly Batman states his belief in Harvey Dent, his city, alongside his crusade. Batman's whole crusade is based in the belief that one man can eradicate crime, and it is his obsession with eradicating crime that drives, as well as his belief in his cause. If anything, it shows that if we didn't have b
Accidentally, I finished Dark Victory before I could manage to get my hands on Batman: Long Halloween, I knew how this long series is going to end before I started on Long Halloween, still I enjoy both volumes SO DAMN MUCH!


The strongest points of Long Halloween and its sequel are the gloomy yet flawlessly gorgeous artwork, the strong crime-noir atmosphere which is shaped into perfection, the ill-fated romance between Batman and Catwoman and the use of
Oct 31, 2011 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 pr ...more
Anthony Sicoli
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My mind has exploded into a million pieces... I was up until 3 a.m. trying to figure out who the real killer was... I need to read this again...
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, favorites
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
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best Batman comic ever. There, I said it. The Long Halloween takes the cake. I know that Year One and The Dark Knight Returns are classics and that there are many more iconic tales out there that shape our understanding of who Batman is today but The Long Halloween just has it all. Whether you're a complete newbie to Gotham City or a devoted follower for decades, this tale will suck you in and you'll be entertained throughout.

The reason why I love this particular comic book so much i
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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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