Batman: The Long Halloween #1
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Tim Sale
Summary: Catwoman, The Joker, Poison Ivy, and The Riddler—any one of these Batman rogues may prove to the mysterious serial killer known as “Holiday,” a murderer who kills according to the calendar. And now, a still learning Batman must uncover the killer’s identity before they kill again!
Review: The first issue of “The Long Halloween” is amazing. The writer, Jeph Loeb, writes a story that has a very “noir” feel…but with batman in it.
The story so far has great dialogue and quotes like “I believe in Gotham City.” The story also influenced the 2008 movie “The Dark Knight.” I’m sure some of you have seen it. Carmine Falcone (The Roman) is a crime lord and he isn’t your usual villain. He doesn’t run around causing mayhem in a costume nor is he insane. He is different from most of the villains in Batman’s rogue of evil doers. But it works so well in the story that it doesn’t leave you complaining “where’s the joker!?” Yes he comes later but it isn’t about him, it’s about batman, the holiday killer, and bringing down The Roman. Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, also appears in this issue. It’s always interesting to see catwoman and batman interact. She also surprisingly helps batman in his mission to take down the Roman.
It was great to see batman interact with Gordon and Dent, who later tragically becomes Two-Face as we all know. They sort of form a bond together, promising to take down Carmine Falcone.
We also see in this issue how people’s decisions have consequences. We see this when Richard Daniel is killed. The only reason Richard is killed because Bruce keeps him from allowing the Falcone money to be in the bank.
Actions have effects.
Also Tim Sale’s art is fantastic. Just Fantastic.
It fits the story well and it’s hard to imagine the story without Tim Sale’s art. ‘Nuff Said.
The issue ends in a explosive way (Pun Intended) when Harvey Dent’s home is blown up. Is Harvey dead? And the Holiday killer just struck, who is he/she? These are the questions that we wonder about until the next issue.