The Long Halloween – Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale

Hello, and welcome to my halloween themed week. I know I promised scary books but when the opportunity arose to dip my toes into a little Batman and pass it off as one of my halloween themed books I couldn’t resist. So I hope you enjoy anyway and that you will be back tomorrow for a more appropriately branded ‘scary’ book. 
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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.

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Having loved the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy and other Batman movies I’d seen, I decided it was probably time to read some of the heroes’ comics. I didn’t know where to start but speaking to a friend who likes comics he suggested The Long Halloween and kindly let me borrow his copy. 
The Long Halloween is known for being the main influencer of Nolan’s trilogy. The copy I read even has an introduction from Nolan and the writer of the movies, David Goyer. For a fan of the films that introduction was brilliant and really interesting as it gives you a bit of an insight to the background of the film and its link with the comic. 
The Long Halloween is a volume of issues which followed an over-arching storyline. What I loved about this volume was that I could still tell where each individual issue began as it was broken up into chapters. The storyline was also brilliant and you are kept guessing the whole way through about who Holiday, the villain, is. There was a twist in it that I didn’t really see coming too, and as it was a villain which I haven’t seen in the movies, it made it even better for me. There were loads of possibilities and we are introduced to many of the villains who any fan of the various Batman films will recognise. We also get to see the origin of Harvey ‘ two-face’ Dent which is one of the story lines I’ve always loved. But I will warn potential readers, there are major differences in the comic to the film! 
The art style of this volume was a bit hit and miss to me. I loved it for the majority but I found in some cases that the characters weren’t too clearly defined and I found myself mixing some up with others, especially the gangster mob members. The villains are amazing thought and I loved how they all had such a fantastic presence on the page. My favourite for looks and presence was definitely Poison Ivy, but she’s possibly the scariest! Batman and Bruce Wayne were great characters but sometimes too silent, the story paced along by itself really without much input from Batman but I still loved it. I thought the relationship between Batman and Catwoman/ Bruce and Selina was really good too.
All in all I am really glad I’ve finally come to read a Batman comic, it’s made me excited to read some more because its a character and world that I really enjoy, just don’t make me move to Gotham please?! 

Batman: The Long Halloween was released in this volume in November 2011 by Titan Books. My copy was borrowed from a friend. 

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  • Ooh! I haven’t read a comic in ages – might have to give this a go 🙂