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In this classic noir study of crime family domination of life in Gotham City, the myth and wonder that is Batman has never shone so brightly against the dark evil of corruption and gangsterism. Bruce Wayne is brilliantly undercover in the opening chapter daring to walk the unhallowed halls of the Falcone residence on a hot wedding night. The interaction amongst the trio of light (Batman, Commissioner Gordon and Arthur Dent) is a treasure and may I even suggest the hint of sexual tension between the bat and the cat? I think I may.
The artwork is classic old school hand drawn beauty. No HD tricks or assistance here. It matches the mood and time of the story perfectly. There is a touch of humour to be found but really only a smidgen, as humour for its own sake would be out of place in this hard core battle against terror as we used to know it.
So in summary, this is an essential purchase for any one who likes comics, and certainly for anyone who calls themselves a fan of the Bat.
This book completely smashed my expectations out of the park. Everyone’s heard about how good the long Halloween is and it definitely deserved the praise. I was a bit unsure about the art before going in as I’m more of a gym leave fan with the super crisp detail design but I’m now a massive team sales and after finishing this book! You As a Batman thing you must have this book
If you are looking for a more definitive Batman story you will be looking hard. Strong characterizations throughout. There are no weak characters in this story.
Let's cover the story, briefly. Somebody in Gotham is picking off members of the Falcone and Maroni crime families, the caveat. Each murder occurs on the same day as a holiday, beginning on Halloween 🎃 and lasting a full calendar year. Batman, Jim Gordon and Gotham's highly driven DA Harvey Dent make a pact to end the reign of the so called "Holiday" killer.
What makes this such an enthralling read is the pace of the story and the depth the characters is perfectly balanced.
Firstly, Bruce Wayne/Batman and his (their) relationship with Semina Kyle/Catwoman. The dynamic between the four personas is what we've come to expect. The difference is the juxtaposition between Wayne/Kyle, who at times display unexpected vulnerabilities compared to Batman/Catwoman who are always in control. It's a quite striking thread that runs throughout the story.
Harvey Dent's transformation from white knight DA to the conflicted Two-Face is excellently brought to life.
Jim Gordon is a continuation of who we meet in Year One.
The cameo appearances from Batman's rouge gallery is brilliant as each of their personalities are expressed perfectly.
I would have given 5 stars were it not for two aspects. 1. The portrayal of the Sullivan gang (who are of Irish extraction) is such an American stereotype of what an Irish person acts and sounds like. As an Irish person I was a little put off by it. 2. The ending was a little loose. Not sure what the reason was for it. If it had ended a few pages sooner it would have been perfect.
*Contains spoilers* I'll come right out and say it: I didn't like the ending. This is a who done it and I didn't like who did it. Despite that I really enjoyed reading this. The story has an epic feel and there's a serious exploration of actions and their consequences. We also get to meet a lot of interesting characters along the way. There's an interview at the beginning of this edition with Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer who discuss the influence of this story on Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and you can really see that here (particularly on Batman Begins) in terms of theme. Also this book's Jim Gordon really does feel like the same character as the one in the Dark Knight trilogy. Well worth a read.
It's been a long time since I read comics and I got back into reading Batman with the New 52 issues. After looking at suggestions for "must have" batman grownup novels I found that "The Long Halloween" was mentioned in everyone's Top 10's on podcasts and YouTube / websites.
I wasn't disappointed, in fact this story is amazing. It's a true detective story. A killer is on the loose murdering on holidays (Halloween, Valentine's, New Year etc). Batman has to use all of his detective skills to find out who is responsible. Brilliant story with a twist and a great ending that will keep you entertained.
I love that the story involves the original crime bosses of Gotham including the Falcone family. The artwork is much more simple than the New 52 but not as basic as The Frank Miller books and I found it to be visually stunning and perfect for the story.
Definitely one of my Top 10 Batman reads now and I will definitely revisit it the same as I would a great Batman movie. Just grab a copy of this one and you won't be disappointed.
This is great. I've loved superheros all my life, both in the silver age and now in the modern age. I like Batman, more when he isn't being camp and colourful, and this story is what made the Nolan films so great. Nolan was working from a cheat sheet the whole time.
The story looks at Commissioner Gordon's first proper case with Batman that isn't solved in a night. The Joker is behind bars and criminals like Scarecrow and the Mad Hatter are dealt with too. This is about the mob. It dwells on Gordon as much as a Batman and even more on Harvey Dent. Three men all trying to fix Gotham and taking very different approaches. It is entirely around this conflict that everything can be seen. Each character is well fleshed out, their lives are shown at home, on the streets, at work, with their love interests. You don't want for any details except those surrounding the new and interesting killer that strikes every holiday. These of course come as the story unfolds and well I didn't see it coming (which is more than I can say for the new Sherlock series which I figure out twenty minutes into each episode so this has a good plot).
I would very much get this, it is exceptional and my family wishes I would stop banging on about it
The Long Halloween is a noir-style tale with the main backdrop being the tension between two rival gang families in Gotham. Batman, Commissioner Gordon and Harvey Dent are trying their best to take these families down once and for all. Only they’re not the only ones. A serial Killer called ‘Holiday’ is killing members of one of the families, each death falling on a different calendar holiday throughout the year.
This is, essentially, a dark and gritty ‘who dunnit’ and as far as Batman stories go, you’ll struggle to find many better. The characters are incredibly well-fleshed out (to the best of my recollection there aren’t really any that felt as though they were just thrown in). The story itself moves at a fast pace and constantly keeps the reader guessing. It really plays quite heavily on the detective story aspect of things which is a nice change of pace from just a straight out beat ‘em up.
Another bonus to this graphic novel is that it features a good portion of Gotham City’s most infamous super-villains. I’ll not say who but a good few get an outing across the thirteen issues that make up The Long Halloween.
On top of this being a who dunnit, this is also one of the better origin stories you’ll read as far as villain origins go. The Long Halloween was written as Harvey Dent’s transformation from District Attorney into the Psychotic criminal mastermind Two-Face.
The artwork really adds to the gritty, dark nature of the piece and is a real pleasure to look at from cover to cover. After re-discovering how great this graphic novel is, I’m probably going to have to go and find more of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s collaborations.
With the upcoming Batman movie, and rumours that it is partly inspired by the Long Halloween, I was interested in picking it up and I was not disappointed. Great detective/crime thriller story which keeps you guessing, a gritty mafia story which explores themes such as loyalty, family and relationships. Provides a grounded depiction of life in Gotham City and the turmoil within the GCPD. Also found the exploration of the relationship between Batman/Catwoman, Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle really interesting, and the origin of Two-Face is heartbreaking. Highly recommend to anyone interested in Batman.