Batman: The Long Halloween – Review

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Batman: The Long Halloween – Review

Tyler Parker, Review Writer

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Halloween has come and gone, and with it I have done something I haven’t done in years, something I wouldn’t have even thought of doing until recently, I read some Batman Graphic Novels (I know I know, insane and out of character for the music dude). I actually wanted to take a look at a certain story that coincides with the holiday season (without spoilers of course), this story being Batman: The Long Halloween. The graphic novel is a mystery, as most great Batman stories are. It revolves around murders happening in Gotham, specifically murders involving the two most prominent crime families, the Maronis and Falcones. The murders are only happening on prominent holidays, and it is up to a young new Batman, Jim Gordon, and Harvey Dent to solve them. The story seems simple, but will keep you guessing throughout the entire thing. Technically, the story is an unofficial sequel to another graphic novel known as Batman: Year One. What sets this aside from your normal Batman story is that Batman isn’t the central focus, the main focus in this story is the crime families of Gotham, Harvey Dent and his wife, and Jim Gordon and his wife. They carry this book, and while Batman certainly helps, he isn’t the main focus. Despite the main focal point not being Batman, I still think this is one of the best Batman stories ever written, it feels like The Godfather, which is no accident considering that is what inspired the story. Although the main villain in The Long Halloween is the crime families, it does include a lot of Batman’s rogues gallery from the Joker, to eventually Two Face. You won’t be disappointed with that aspect. There’s also elements of horror, mystery, and suspense. Now, I can’t go into too much more detail without completely ruining the story, I’d much rather you go check the story out yourself, I will provide a link to the book on Amazon at the bottom of this article, in case any of you want to pick it up. I can say, though, that there is a Batman film in the works which is based on The Long Halloween, so look forward to that film in the near future. Overall, The Long Halloween is a story worth reading, it is one of my favorite Batman graphic novels, and definitely something I think you should check out.

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