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“This is one of the greatest Graphic Novel series I've ever read. The plot is tight, each frame is filled with its own meaning, and the art is indisputable. ”Dominic DiMaria wrote this review Thursday, February 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This ode to Frank Miller's "Year One", itself a noir take on Batman's early career, provides a note-perfect genre piece that should thrill anyone looking for a Batman whodunit. The story has Batman, early in his career, taking on the mob and a serial killer who strikes on holidays. The story is drum tight through thirteen issues (350+ pages), set from Halloween to Halloween, with a poetic pacing and use of graphic tension found only in top-notch graphic novels. Harvey Dent is heavily featured along with a young Jim Gordon. For Batman scholars, Dent's presence alone provides a backdrop of foreboding.
The usual rogue's gallery weaves through the book, including a jealous Joker, out to outdo the serial killer, a cornered, yet elegantly neurotic Riddle, and a wildly abstracted, sensual Poison Ivy, along with a little more mind-altering mayhem from the Scarecrow and Mad Hatter.
What I appreciated most about Jeph [sic!] Loeb's telling is that the criminals are reduced to their elemental symbols, where a gesture or a glance conveys as much as a panel of narrated text. The clues are perfect red herrings in the grand whodunit fashion. Fans of Batman know bad things are going to happen when a stranger passes a rose to a character that then pricks their finger on its thorns. Similarly, even a hardened Gotham detective shudders upon seeing a murder victim with a smile on his face. My only misgiving about this book is that if a reader wasn't acquainted with Batman and the usual Arkham cast, the subtletly of this telling will almost certainly be missed. On the other hand, this'll be a great place to start an education.
Tim Sale's art is compelling. Noir's a difficult effect to convey in comics, and it comes through beautifully in a shadowy, mostly gray and earth tone palette behind strong inking. This cool, muted ground provides the perfect foil against which to contrast the costumed villains, ratcheting up the tension another notch.
“Sale and Loeb have redefined the art of drawing lines and creating shadows.”Sundhar Parthasarathy wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fine origin tale for Harvey Dent/Two-Face. Though the twist at the end involving an innocent was needless and unfortunate.”Christopher Cross wrote this review Sunday, December 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A delightfully grim story. Amazing graphics show what can be done in the media.”Raving Redcoat wrote this review Thursday, December 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great story! Classic graphic novel with a spine-chilling, twisting story, awesome characters and perfect art design!”jharmer95 wrote this review Sunday, December 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Batman The Long Halloween...the best murder mystery and the best Batman graphic novel I have ever read!! I literally shouted in my room at the end of the story when I came to know about the real murderer/s....highly recommended for every Batman fan!!!”Vatasal G wrote this review Saturday, November 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great story! It has a very dark tone, which is how a great Batman story should be! Leob is one of my favorite Batman writers and Sale...his artwork is just amazing. His color palette in this novel is just amazing. The two really compliment each other really well and if you're a Batman fan, this is a MUST READ! Loved every page of this book!”Rithcee wrote this review Tuesday, October 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this graphic novel years ago and I still remember how I enjoyed it. I especially liked the artwork. ”Chris wrote this review Saturday, September 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No