The Long Halloween

Loeb, Jeph

Book - 1998
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
An epic tale of the Dark Knight's early crimefighting career, reaching from one Halloween to the next, and featuring a host of Batman's most lethal enemies, including one called "Holiday".

Publisher: London : Titan, 1998
ISBN: 1840230541
Characteristics: 375 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kane, Bob
Sale, Tim
Alternate Title: Long Halloween


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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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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.

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.

Aug 14, 2009
  • JenMarquis rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great read for those who are new to the Batman series. No previous reading is required to understand and appreciate the suspensful plot and artwork.

May 11, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

FYI about Jeph Loeb;

He wrote the 12 issues of "The long Halloween", then he wrote the 12 issues of "Dark Victory" and then he did the 12 issue Batman story-arch "Hush"... and they're all the same thing over and over again.

For Twelve issues, Batman's rogues gallery will be carted-out, one per issue, in a convoluted story that doesn't really hold any resonance or meaning. In the Halloween, Loeb kills off half of the minor characters from Batman Year One. In the his next 12 issue story, Dark Victory, Loeb kills off the other half. For twelve issues you're wondering who the mystery killer is and by the end you still don't really know.

Maybe I'm being a little harsh. The idea had merit; showing the clash between the old school mafia and Gotham's new breed of "freaks". The Police are forced to rely on Batman, a costumed freak in order to fight against a corrupt city. The mob tries to counter by employing costume freaks of there own but it just backfires. There could have been an interesting discussion about who truly creates the "freaks" in Gotham but Loeb just crams characters together to tell a story with no real point.

I wish I read these stories through the OPL instead of buying them on my own.

May 09, 2009
  • yeungr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This graphic novel is credited for having strong influence for the films Batman Begins and The Dark Kinght. A must read for Batman fans.


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