Batman: the Long Halloween

Loeb, Jeph (Paperback - 1998)
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Batman: the Long Halloween
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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 calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that has the reader continually guessing the identity of the killer, this story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman's deadly enemy, Two-Face.

This edition includes original 13-issue series as well as four additional story pages cut from the original series, which are presented fully colored and restored to their place in the story. Also featured are sketches and an introduction by the director and writer of The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan and David Goyer.

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Batman races against time as he tries to uncover who the mysterious murderer who kills only on holidays is before the next victim is taken.

Authors: Loeb, Jeph
Statement of Responsibility: Jeph Loeb, writer ; Tim Sale, artist ; Gregory Wright, colors ; Richard Starkings & Comicraft, letters
Title: Batman: the long Halloween
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c1998
Characteristics: 369 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Notes: "Batman created by Bob Kane."
"Originally published in single magazine form as Batman : the long Halloween 1-13 ... c1996, 1997"--T.p. verso
Subject Headings: Batman (Fictitious character) Comic books, strips, etc Comic books, strips, etc. United States Graphic novels
Topical Term: Batman (Fictitious character)
Comic books, strips, etc
Graphic novels
Additional Contributors: Sale, Tim
Kane, Bob
LCCN: 99218572
ISBN: 1563894696
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC GN FIC L
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List - The Annotated Batman by: nypl_mid_manhattan Feb 03, 2012

Jeph Loeb spins a tangled web of Batman’s early crimefighting years aided by Tim Sale’s eerily horrific art. There’s a new killer in Gotham and his (or her) name is Holiday. As their name might imply, they prefer to kill on holidays once a month. Batman works with district attorney Harvey Dent, t... Read More »

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Apr 18, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this. I really love this. You get Batman and Robin, you get Catwoman and Batman being a thing (or are they?), and a great manipulation and playing of almost all of Batman's friends and enemies to go an exciting finale. Batman's more exposed than ever on both the romantic side as well as the fact that whomever is masterminding this knows essentially everything about him. We see Bruce, The Dark Knight, and the World's Greatest Detective personas all together in this vulnerable state that he's in.

The art is also fabulous. The flashbacks are in black and white and look fleeting despite how important and real they must feel and the present day is just as dark and in your face as you would expect a Batman comic to be.

It's a fantastic story and it keeps you guessing and engaged until the end. Seriously, I couldn't put this volume down and I'm glad I got the collected version and not in parts.

Nov 01, 2013
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Long is a good title for this collection because it was long, probably too long. Still it was a fun read and some of the art work was fantastic.

Jul 05, 2013
  • summer reader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great read! I couldn't put it down! I have followed Batman through watching the trilogy movies and that helped in reading this graphic novel. The art work is amazing as well as the story line. I definitely recommend this!

Apr 09, 2013
  • seluck rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing artwork combined with a compelling story. I would recommend this to people who are just starting to read Batman. It totally hooked me.

Mar 04, 2013
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The followup miniseries to The Long Hallowe'en, by Loeb and Sale. This was before Loeb's abilities as a writer took a steep dive off a cliff. The plotline concerns itself with another serial killer with a grudge using a hangman's motif, aimed seemingly at Two Face. It's set in the early years, featuring the arrival of Dick Grayson as Robin, and the art suits the material well. With the recent reboot of the New 52, this and its predecessor likely mean nothing anymore, as the three years of time the storyline would have taken up can't be fitted into the new continuity.

Feb 25, 2013
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Collecting a large miniseries, back from the days before Jeph Loeb took a steep dive off a cliff in terms of quality as a writer. Set in Batman's early years, a series of murders involving gangsters over the span of a year ties together Batman, Jim Gordon, and the man who will become Two Face. The art by Tim Sale has a moody feel, perfectly suited to the era. And most of the key rogues in the Batman's world turn up at one point or another. One of the essential reads for Batman fans, though the recent reboot of the DC universe likely means none of this matters anymore.

Phenomenal graphic novel. If you follow other media about the Batman(ie. Movies & Games: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, & The Dark Knight Rises and The Arkham Series of video games) you will clearly see the inspiration this story gave those artists.

I was surprised that this particularly edition does not have colour added to it. At first this threw me off however upon reading the intro by Jeph Loeb you immediately start to appreciate this "raw" style.

Top notch! 5/5

very excellent art very awesome story. best batman comic yet

Nov 09, 2011
  • Keogh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Second volume of the arc. Loeb's revelation of Hush gives us a character who's not that much of an addition to the gallery of villains Batman has faced... but Lee's art does make up for it.

Nov 09, 2011
  • Keogh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A landmark arc by Loeb and Lee, though in my opinion Hush began Loeb's steep decline. He wanted to fit every Bat character he seemingly could into the mix... and this has the effect of making things very crowded.

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Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This second book of the "Hush" story arc brings as many questions as it offers answers right up to the dizzying conclusion. Continuing the search for the architect of the latest onslaught of attacks against Batman, and by turns Bruce Wayne, even more familiar villains join the party. As Batman tries to juggle his realities, Bruce Wayne attends the opera only to be cut short by Harley Quinn showing up to rob the audience. A very theatrical brawl leads Batman into the alley to face the Joker. The clown stirs the muddy waters of Batman's psyche and Jim Gordon if forced to intervene. Later our dark detective is visited by the original Robin, Nightwing, and the bandaged antagonist, Hush, begins to unwrap layers of the enigma, causing further perplexity. A calculated encounter with Ra's al Ghul begins sorting out a few red herrings before driving to a protracted reveal of the entire cabal and some surprising players; most of whom have been played.

Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is one heck of a mystery with some history. Action packed from the get go, Batman is off to save a boy from kidnappers out for ransom and gets caught up with the ravenous Killer Croc. Things don't go so well and Batman ends up needing the aid of a childhood friend who is a surgeon. Following closely on the heels of his dire injuries we get some ladies in play. The Huntress, Catwoman and Poison Ivy are all woven into the narrative making the mystery more confusing, but a little easier on the eyes. Flashbacks to Bruce Wayne's childhood and the origin of the friendship with Tommy Elliot, the surgeon, bring the story to Metropolis and the attentions of a certain man of steel. With a pitched battle in Metropolis' underground, this first of two volumes ends with a conundrum rather than a solution. Who is stringing all these villains along and what does it have to do with Batman...and Bruce Wayne?


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Jul 05, 2013
  • summer reader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"...But I can always tell when someone is pretending."-Poison Ivy

Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Evil draws men together." --Hush to Batman

Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"You've certainly found your passion for the game. Whoever has manipulated you into this frame of mind, they are to be commended." --Ra's ah Ghul to Batman

Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"It involves the manipulation of Killer Croc, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn. It reaches as high as Superman. And as low as the Joker. It's someone new. Or someone old trying something new." --Batman to Nightwing

Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Sometimes, the law fails us. Maybe that's why I've understood you...allowed you to help protect this city. Batman, if you cross that line--if you kill the Joker tonight--I will lead the hunt to bring you to justice." --Jim Gordon to Batman

Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Ladies and Jerks! There has been a slight change in tonight's show. Insteada the opera robbin' you for somethin' like a thousand bucks a seat--WE'RE gonna rob you. Believe me folks, I've seen it already. I'm doin' ya a big favor!" --Harley Quinn to opera crowd

Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Step away while you still can." --the Huntress to street thugs

Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Bruce. If you wanted to get together after all this time--you didn't have to try to kill yourself to do it." --Tommy Elliot to Bruce Wayne on the operating table

Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I'm getting outta here. Get my money back. Go ahead. Follow me. I haven't eaten since lunch." --Killer Croc to Arkham Asylum gaurds

Apr 25, 2010
  • J_Duncan_Cook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Criminals, by nature, are a cowardly and superstitious lot. To instill fear into their hearts I become a bat. A monster of the night. And in doing so, I have become the very thing that all monsters become...Alone...?" --Batman

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