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Read Batman: The Long Halloween comic online free and high quality. Fast loading speed, unique reading type: All pages - just need to scroll to read next. Read Batman PDF - The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb DC Comics | THE LONG HALLOWEEN is more than a comic book. It's an epic tragedy. THE LONG HALLOWEEN is more than a comic book. KNIGHT RISES) Taking place during Batman's early days of crime fighting, this new edition of the classic .

There's a single panel where it becomes blatantly obvious that Loeb has no idea what he's doing. It's the single panel in all 13 issues where a thought balloon appears.

One panel. One instance. In the entire story. Does that make sense to any of you?

Part of me wants to give this panel a certain power, to elevate it as an example of brilliance, that, somehow, standing alone, it suggests something more than it really does. But, really, what it suggests is that Jeph Loeb fucked up.


One thought balloon in 13 issues. Never used before this panel, never used after. It delivers no useful information other than possibly working later to prove that the Roman and his son thought up the Holiday killings together, but, if so, what does that tell us about Loeb's skills as a writer that he has to plant that clue in an horribly obvious, blatant manner?

This panel stands out. It stopped me dead when I was reading this again. It's the only panel that stands out to me since it's an anomaly, something that should not be -- it's a goddamn mistake that points to the shoddy, haphazard construction of this entire book.

It's not a "mistake" that actually makes this work of art better in some way, it's just an easy-to-point-to example of Loeb's command of his craft -- which is lacking. Beyond the narrative voice, the story is constructed in a manner that also doesn't work. The idea of a holiday killer is a good one, but since each issue coincides with one of those killings, the plot stops and starts weeks apart. This wouldn't be a problem if Loeb would have events happen off-panel, but he refuses to do so.

When Dent and Gordon begin suspecting Wayne of being connected to the Falcones around New Year's, they seem gung-ho on nailing this rich prick, but, because of the story, they don't actually do anything until Valentine's Day. They wait a month and a half to even question Wayne? One positive about the story construction is that Loeb does fill issues with smaller self-contained plots that fit into the larger picture.

It becomes a bit too much of a "parade of Batman villains," but works well, for the most part. The Long Halloween is more than a mystery story, showing how Gotham shifted from regular corruption to a town run by freaks. Or does it? With Batman and Catwoman in full force at the beginning of the story, and the only Rogue we see for the first time here being Two-Face, where does the shift actually happen?

It's, no doubt, meant to be subtle, but does it actually happen at all here?

Also, if I recall correctly, it was dealt with more explicitly in Dark Victory. There is a comment or two about the Roman hiring "freaks," but they're there from the beginning, so One of the main narrative arcs is the story of Harvey Dent and how he eventually becomes Two-Face. While I've read criticisms of The Long Halloween, this subplot is rarely the target of any negativity and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet.

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I'll begin talking it through and we'll see where I end up, okay? First, the friendship between Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent. It's talked about, it's hinted at, we see them work together, we see them get close to socialising outside of the office, but Does that pose a problem? Being close at work isn't the same as being friends, even with two workaholics like these guys.

It may be the closest either gets, but is that the same thing? I remember a line or two at the beginning of Dark Victory as Gordon takes Dent's turn hard, discussing their friendship, except the examples he gives are never shown here. Beyond that, there's the relationship between Dent and Batman -- where Dent and Bruce Wayne are at odds for some lovely dramatic irony he said, voice dripping with sarcasm. Together with Gordon, they all agree to take down the Falcones, and work together early on in the series, but they grow apart quickly.

There's Harvey Dent and his wife's relationship, which is very typical "husband works too much, wife is lonely," but with hints that something just isn't right with Gilda. We don't get a whole lot of this, though. Actually, that's a big problem with this series in general: we don't get a whole lot of any subplot. Loeb tries to do a bit of everything and accomplishes nothing in the process. There's so much he wants to squeeze in that there's no room for it all except in the briefest of scenes.

Now, if he was better at pulling those scenes off or pacing, that wouldn't be a problem, but it's all vague suggestions and characters telling us how things are rather than showing us. The emotional core of this book just isn't there for me.

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What really strikes me as odd is how little growth there is in Batman over the, what, 16 months this story covers. He's still very new at this and he's the same old Batman we know from now.

Not too many rookie mistakes, very confident, very modern model of perfection. This story takes place very much at the beginning of his crime fighting career and it doesn't show.

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Despite his role as central character and narrator, he's also a bit of a cipher. He believes in Gotham, Harvey Dent, etc. He's haunted by his parents' deaths. He's got the surface elements we know make up Batman, but no depth.

I honestly can't tell you anything about this Batman that sets him apart from how he is in other books. While I'm thinking of it Patrick's Day , where is Alfred?

Does she discover that he's Batman? Christ, what a fucking mess. Tim Sale draws quite well. Except for his Batman. His Batman is just awful. He can't draw muscles in a convincing manner and it stands out.

Other than that, some great work. He's a very suggestive artist, only using the amount of lines necessary to get the point across. Very excellent use of light and shadows.

He draws regular people better than anyone in a costume. Actually, I'm not a fan of any of his non-regular people depictions.

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I do think that one of the problems in the writing stems from Loeb writing far too much towards providing Sale with opportunities to draw big, beautiful pages -- which I don't understand since Sale is clearly capable of doing more intricate work. While the first issue is a solid read, each successive issue seems quicker and less detailed story-wise as panels-per-page counts fall.

Really, though, I love Sale's work here most of the time. I want to keep going, to point out all that I find wrong in this story It will just be more of the same.

How is this story considered one of the better Batman stories? Is the character so lacking in truly great stories? Or are readers just suckers for third-rate mysteries, noirish art, and rewritten Godfather scenes? Maybe I'm being too hard on this book. That's certainly possible. You can write this off as another case of some asshole online hating on Jeph Loeb if that makes you feel better.

I didn't set out with the intention of tearing the book apart when I reread it. As a vine covered arm reaches out to Bruce as he enters his limo, Selina realises that something is up. After Maroni's Restaurant was attacked on Valentine's Day, Harvey Dent and Commissioner Jim Gordon discuss how to crack down on organised crime as the Maroni and Falcone families escalate into gang war.

Dent wants to bring down both Bruce Wayne and Maroni at the same time, while Gordon only believes that Maroni is the weak link. Unknown to them, Dent's corrupt assistant Vernon has been eavesdropping. Sofia visits her aunt Carla Viti while she practises shooting her gun at a target. Sofia reveals that they plan to hit Maroni on St Patricks Day, as believe he either knows something about the serial killer Holiday or is even Holiday himself.

Carla reassures that she will take care of the monetary side of things. Suddenly, Catwoman leaps onto the table, pushing Ivy to the ground. Bruce defends his master by attacking Catwoman, causing his shirt to rip, revealing vines wrapped around his body. Catwoman quickly slices the vines off, freeing Wayne from Ivy's spell as he falls to the ground, exhausted and unconscious. Poison Ivy is revealed to have slipped away in the ensuing chaos. On St Patrick's Day, Holiday strikes again, with another mass killing, leaving only the murder weapon and statue of a leprechaun behind.

As Sofia pulls up to the site to make her move on Maroni, she realises that Holiday's latest hit was indeed Maroni's safehouse. Maroni himself watches the scene from an upper floor and notices Sofia's car leaving the place and he assumes she is Holiday.

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Free Batman: The most obvious example of this theme is Harvey Dent. Please enter manually: I don't know, but these are questions I can't help but ask. Tim Sale draws quite well. Bruce, as Batman, investigates Falcone's penthouse, but finds Catwoman investigating as well. Getting this also gave me a chance to read Steve [Higgins]'s essay on the identity of Holiday , and he makes a really strong case -- one I'd have to agree with -- but, as I've said before, I'm not the type to care about the solution to a mystery, which could be another reason why this book didn't wow me.

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