Good morning comic book fans! To conclude this series on my top 5 favorite DC volumes and graphic novels, we have the #1, Batman: The Long Halloween! This story features the talents of writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale. It was originally published as 13 issues, from 1996 to 1997.
Mystery is the center of this story. A series of mysterious murders have Gotham pointing fingers all over the place, chasing shadows, and losing their minds. Who is the Holiday killer? Why are they doing this? Are they trying to overthrow the criminal underworld? Who will be the next victim? The menace of an unknown killer stalking Gotham fills the characters involved with dread and fear, and it's a lot of fun to watch unfold.
Two-Face is my all-time favorite Bat-Villain, and this is one of his best portrayal in comics. Is he the daring crusader against crime, corrupted by the dread he feels when he realizes that crime rules his beloved city? Or is he not corrupted, but just more realistic? Or was he never good at all? This is why I love Harvey Dent. He makes readers ask very important questions about themselves and humanity in general.
As my favorite DC volume, I have read Long Halloween an absurd amount of times. And every time, I am entertained by this smokey, noir, detective tale. Batman has to apply all of his skills as a detective to stop a killer, and it's not easy at all for him. Many times, he is just stumped. It's fun and interesting to see Batman have to really think through problems to solve them, not just punch them harder as some creative teams portray him. ***************
What do you think about Long Halloween? What is your #1 favorite DC volume/graphic novel?
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