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 clock 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.
Author: Jeph Loeb
Illustrator: Tim Sale
Release Date: 23/12/2014
Publisher: DC Comics
Chosen Format: Paperback
My Rating of ‘Batman: The Long Halloween’: 5 out of 5
It’s been far too long since I read a graphic novel. I’m currently watching DC Universe’s Titans on Netflix and decided I wanted some Batman in my life, so I dipped my hands into one of the many trunks of graphic novels I have and pulled out ‘The Long Halloween’. I had forgotten most of the story and had certainly forgotten how good it was.
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.