Batman: the Long Halloween
"Batman created by Bob Kane."
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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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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.
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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"...But I can always tell when someone is pretending."-Poison Ivy
"Evil draws men together." --Hush to Batman
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Step away while you still can." --the Huntress to street thugs
"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
"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
"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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