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I love LEOG (League of Extremely Ordinary Gentlemen) and I fucking love Batman! So I’ll be reviewing something they quite like or dislike and something that is my favorite Batman comic story. Batman: The Long Halloween.
Carmine “The Roman” Falcone is ruling Gotham City through his mob and his connections throughout the city. Gotham is (ONCE AGAIN) in ruins. But Batman is their shining light. He needs to shine as bright as the fucking sun right now since a serial killer has popped up in Gotham City. He kills people on holidays and lives little items related to the holiday at the scene of the crime. Thus he/she is given the name the Holiday Killer. But wait, are these killings connected? This they are little children and for that you won a prize and that prize is a word of wisdom from Dwight Schrute.
And now back to the story. But Batman can’t try to bring down the mob and the Holiday Killer by himself. Enter Captain James Gordon and Gotham District Attorney Harvey Dent. Batman teams himself with Dent and Gordon, and together the team to bring down Carmine Falcone and his gang in Gotham while also trying to catch the Holiday Killer. Throughout the thirteen months the story takes place, Batman also happens to encounter several memorable friends (Villains. Yeah like Batman would invite The Joker and Catwoman over for a party to Batcave on Super Bowl Sunday. Stay with the story or start reading comics dumbass.) such as The Joker, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, The Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, The Riddler, and The Calendar Man.
Meanwhile Bruce Wayne (How could I forget about that son of a bitch?) is trying to keep what I think is a relationship with Selina Kyle going. Okay I don’t know if it’s a dating relationship or like friends with benefits. (My money is on the second choice.)
Now before I start with my views on the story here are each of the chapters with the holiday they represented in each chapter.
Chapter 1: Crime (Starts in June and goes to October so Halloween.)
Chapter 2: Thanksgiving
Chapter 3: Christmas
Chapter 4: New Year’s Eve
Chapter 5: Valentine’s Day
Chapter 6: St. Patrick’s Day
Chapter 7: April’s Fool Day
Chapter 8: Mother’s Day
Chapter 9: Father’s Day
Chapter 10: Independence Day
Chapter 11: Roman Holiday (No not the untimely classic romantic comedy starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. Also not a real holiday just a regular day.)
Chapter 12: Labor Day
Chapter 13: Punishment (Halloween)
Now this is my favorite Batman story I’ve ever read. It truly is the great pacing, set up, and storytelling written in a great way by the writer Jeph Loeb and with the brilliant artwork done by Tim Sale, I fell in love from page one. This is really an interesting story. To me it felt like a mix between a Batman story, film noir, and The Godfather. This was a strong effort and I think I paid off.
Tim Sale’s art here is really good and I thought that it went well the way Loeb written the story. The Holiday Killer was a great character to read and to keep you interested in the story from beginning to end.
Now spoiler alerts here for people who have yet to read Long Halloween so if you don’t wanna know just black out what is written, go off to you Cone of Silence, or watch 30 Rock (Which you all should be doing by the way. Wanna pay me now NBC?).
*SPOILERS* DON’T READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK THIS REVIEW IS ABOUT
It is still uncertain to many, many people just as to who the Holiday Killer is if it was Harvey Dent and then let his wife Gilda take over, if it was Gilda by herself the whole time, it was Gilda then Alberto Falcone took over, or if it was Alberto himself the whole time. Loeb or Sale will not reveal who it is.
NOTE: If I missed some theories right there, please feel free to comment on that here on my review or message me. I’ll take either one,
*SPOILERS* END HERE
This was a partial inspiration for Batman Begins and a huge influence for The Dark Knight with the “I Believe in Harvey Dent” campaign and the scene with Dent, Gordon, and Batman on the roof of the GPD building.