Marie’s Reading: “Batman: The Long Halloween” by Jeph Loeb, illustrated by Tim Sale, with color by Gregory Wright

Batman_thelonghalloweenJust popping by to tell you about a comic book I read recently: Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb, illustrated by Tim Sale.

A gangster story with more than a few nods to The Godfather, The Long Halloween explores an episode very early in Batman’s career.  A serial killer nicknamed Holiday (because he or she commits murders on major holidays), is taking out members of one of Gotham City’s big crime families.  At the same time, Batman, Captain Gordon, and District Attorney Harvey Dent have joined together to both find Holiday and to bring down the organized crime controlling the city.

Many of the big hitters from Batman’s Rogues Gallery make appearances.  Catwoman plays a large role here, with Batman and the reader unsure of her motivations and alliances.  Two-Face’s origin is a big part of the plot as well.

The artwork, with its dark shadows and creative framing, suits the story perfectly.  The action sequences and fight scenes are very well paced.  As I said, this story is a big homage to The Godfather, so expect some familiar shots.

It’s a good murder mystery, a good graphic novel, a good character piece, and a good Batman story.

I can tell you from personal experience that this is a good introduction to Batman if you’re Bat-curious and what you know about the Caped Crusader comes largely from cultural osmosis.  If you enjoy police procedurals and/or old-timey gangster movies, you might find a lot to like here.



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