Batman: The Long Halloween, a graphic novel review

A graphic novel review written by: Lee Sonogan

(1996-1997) Graphic Novel

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“When faced with a seemingly insurmountable problem… your only option is to act swiftly, some might even say irrationally. Removing the most dangerous elements first… and methodically attacking each subsequent challenge in a separate, but deliberate manner.”  – Jeph Loeb, Batman: The Long Halloween

The Long Halloween was one of the comics that influenced Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy. It was the follow-up to Batman: Haunted Knight. Which is set between Batman: Year One and The Long Halloween. Each chapter of this story is set around a murder on a holiday while having a full collection of interesting stories and visual art. This is a great graphic novel to start reading Batman.

Borrowing this graphic novel from a friend, it was recommended in many different places. It is a classic Batman story with a sense of noir, crime, drama and mystery. This one took me about two hours to finish reading and it was worth it. It has clever writing, that delivers in dialogue and character development while still holding great twists and turns. The ending is different from what I was initially expecting. I recommend this graphic novel to anyone who has not read Batman from the nineties.

8/10

PS – Now I want to read more Batman that’s based in the same series so I understand the chronological order better.

“The town isn’t big enough for two homicidal maniacs.” – Jeph Loeb, Batman: The Long Halloween

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