- Batman: The Long Halloween was published in 1996 and 1997 as a 13 issue series.
-Written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Tim Sale.
-Has the sequel Batman: Dark Victory.
-Considered one of the best graphic novels of all time.
Before I go into anything about the story, take a look at the second picture above. Have you ever seen the Joker drawn like that? LOOK AT THOSE FUCKING TEETH. He looks like he could rip your skin off with those teeth. No, I’m not saying this in a negative way at all. My point is, Tim Sale is a comic artist like no other. He has this wonderful way of making all his characters either really skinny or super muscular and although it’s not an accurate depiction of the human body, they are oh-so pleasing to look at. If you pick up a copy, flip through the first couple of pages and just appreciate how square he makes the heads and bodies of his characters. It looks strange for a second and then you’re like whoaaaa, this is radical~
Anyways, the story takes place during Batman’s early years of crime fighting. I recommend reading this close to the time that you read Batman: Year One. It’s considered a “good sequel” or follow up. Basically, this is this origin story of Harvey Dent, otherwise known as the villain, Two-Face.
Harvey Dent starts off as Gotham’s hot new district attorney and eventually collaborates with Batman and Commissioner Gordon on a mysterious trail of murders that happen once a month only on holidays.
Most of the story follows Batman trying to find out who’s behind all these murders and why, but an even bigger plot unfolds as you read on.
As always, I don’t want to say too much, but this graphic novel is the perfect mystery. Literally every page, every murder is going to confuse you and make you keep guessing who Holiday (our murderer) is. This is the kinda story that you have full permission to read through in one sitting because the suspense is going to painful.
The verdict? Batman: The Long Halloween is not only bright, colorful and delicious to look at, but it has a great page-turning storyline. If you’re not going to read it for the above reasons, at least pick up a copy so you can see what exactly happened to Harvey Dent. It is in no way like the film, The Dark Knight.
Mmmkay? Just read it. You’ll love it. Promise.