It is vastly refreshing when you find a Batman tale that is both epic and successfully explores the core of a resolutely explored character. Taking as its catalyst a sub-plot from the seminal Batman: Year One, the story revolves around murders occurring on national holidays, the victims connected to Mob boss "The Roman". Dubbed "Holiday", the killer uses an untraceable handgun and leaves small trinkets at the scene. Plenty of suspects are available, but the truth is something the Dark Knight never suspected. This series scores two major coups: it brilliantly portrays the transfer of Gotham rule to the supervillains and charts the horrific transformation of Harvey Dent from hardened D.A. to the psychotic Two-Face. Both orbit around the sharply portrayed relationship between Dent, Commissioner Gordon and Batman: a triumvirate of radically different perceptions of Justice. It is always great to see the formative incarnation of Batman, drenched in noir here. Loeb's writing is keenly aware that Batman is a detective and Tim Sale portrays a Gotham that is a fertile breeding ground for corruption and madness. Here, Batman is coming to terms with the potent image he projects and the madness it attracts. There are many fine Batman stories, but the ones that capture the spirit with extreme clarity are few. On this alone, The Long Halloween comes highly recommended. Masterfully executed, this is an excellent chance to revisit the world of Batman as fresh as in the summer of 1939
An epic tale of the Dark Knight's early crimefighting career, spanning one Halloween to the next, and featuring a host of Batman's most lethal enemies...as well as the all-new threat of a mysterious killer! Woven into the complex tale, adding further challenges and distractions, are the likes of Catwoman, the Joker, Poison Ivy and the Riddler. Who to trust, who to suspect? Can you solve the mystery of Holiday? Part gothic thriller, part whodunit, Batman: The Long Halloween is a uniquely atmospheric view of the Dark Knight in the ground-breaking tradition of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
Paperback: 388 pages
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (29 Oct 1999)
Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.8 x 2.2 cm
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