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

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  23,670 Ratings  ·  594 Reviews
Return to the Dark Knight's early days in this sequel to the extremely popular Batman: The Long Halloween. "Batman: Dark Victory" showcases some of Batman's deadliest foes, including Poison lvy, Mr. Freeze and the Joker, and introduces Batman's most trusted ally, Robin. As Gotham completes its journey from a city run by organized crime to one run by lawless freaks, the Dar ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by DC Comics (first published October 1st 2000)
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Frankeeೃ༄
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
Sud666
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, favorites
New 52 Batman and Re-birth batman fans take note: HERE IS HOW BATMAN SHOULD BE DONE! All Clear? Good.

Dark Victory is the superb sequel to the excellent The Long Halloween. Brilliantly written by Jeph Loeb and artfully drawn by Tim Sale these two books were used, along with Frank Miller's DKR, to set the tone for Christopher Nolan's movies.

Dark Victory takes up with Harvey Dent becoming Two-Face. There is a gang war going on in Gotham. This is during Batman's earlier years. You can see, as the st
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Jesse A
What a Batman book!!! Maybe its the mood I'm in today but I loved it all! The story was outstanding. The art I, surprisingly, loved. Just great!
Sam Quixote
Aug 12, 2011 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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Evan Leach
May 30, 2013 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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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
Nov 05, 2009 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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Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

Another big piece of Batman history by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale. But this time, we get to welcome with big open arms to the best – this might be debatable, but not with me – Boy Wonder. As if the cover art doesn’t already show you who we’re talking about here, Dark Victory introduces Mr. Dick Grayson into the Batman universe. This trade paperback collects all 14 issues published back in 1999 and 2000 and follows the events of The Lon
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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 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.
Andy 117
Nov 04, 2014 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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Elilith
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Victoria oscura es la inmediata continuación del tomo "El largo Halloween" en éste, Batman y el detective Gordon intentan dar caza al asesino en serie "Festivo", que al igual que Calendarman, aprovecha para matar en fechas señaladas. Después de una larga investigación y un gran plot-twist, consiguen atrapar al asesino. En "Victoria Oscura" ya se sabe quien es festivo, pero un nuevo asesino en serie aparece en Gothan. Coincidiendo también con festividades, asesina a policias corruptos y miembros ...more
Jana
Dec 16, 2014 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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Mizuki
Batman: Dark Victory continues the story of The Long Halloween, it concludes (view spoiler).

The plot and the murder mystery is more neatly and more skillfully written than The Long Halloween ((view spoiler)), the artwork and the air of the darkly attractive no
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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 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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David Schaafsma
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: batman
This is a sequel to Loeb and Sale's classic The Long Halloween, and I had never read this one. I think it is beautiful artwork by Sale, and the story is lonnnnng and mostly compelling, though there are no real surprises along the way. It is curious why it garnered such high ratings, but maybe it has something to do with the initial expectations of the book when it came out, to such fanfare… I liked it, it's kinda classic Gotham mob Gordon Batman Two Face stuff, far better than the average fare y ...more
Eric
Jun 04, 2008 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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Roxanne
Jul 09, 2015 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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Jedi JC Daquis
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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Gavin
Aug 28, 2012 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.
Alayne
Feb 02, 2016 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).
Pablo Fernández
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grandísimo cómic. Batman nos recuerda su verdadero yo y nos sumerge en una historia profunda y oscura en las entrañas de una lucha por la amistad, y la justicia.
MC
Feb 02, 2014 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
Mad Tom
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Snehith Devalapalli
The story is set right after the events of The Long Halloween. Which I loved.
Robin is introduced here and was smoothly done. Two-face is a perfect antagonist as always.
As usual the suspense was well maintained till the end. The twist was worth the wait. The relationship between Bruce and Alfred is beyond mothership.
Morgan
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Kind of pointless, unless you want to read the same story as Long Halloween.
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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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