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Graphic Novel Review: "Batman: The Long Halloween" by Jeph Loeb

Natalie is a writer who works at her local library. She enjoys writing reviews, watching anime and TV shows, and playing video games.

"Batman: The Long Halloween" paperback cover for the most recent edition.

"Batman: The Long Halloween" paperback cover for the most recent edition.

Quick Info

  • Author: Jeph Loeb
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Published: November 1, 1999
  • Availability: in print, buy on Amazon or your local bookstore; buy digitally on Comixology, streaming on DCUniverseInfinite

Story Summary

Batman: The Long Halloween follows Batman’s early exploits as he goes after Carmine “The Roman” Falcone. He must track down the mysterious “Holiday” killer while dealing with his rogues' gallery. It also shows how Harvey Dent became Two-Face and was the inspiration for Harvey’s portrayal in The Dark Knight movie.

The Story Is an Interesting Mystery

Batman: The Long Halloween is a murder mystery that has a lot of twists and turns. It always keeps you guessing when it comes to the identity of “Holiday,” the killer that’s murdering mobsters on holidays.

I like the story because it’s not easy to guess the identity of the killer your first time reading through the graphic novel. This was my second time reading the comic after a long time, and I was surprised again, mainly because I forgot who the culprit was, which made rereading the comic fun.

If you like mystery stories and you like Batman, you will definitely enjoy reading this graphic novel.

Batman meets with Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent to discuss bringing down Carmine Falcone.

Batman meets with Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent to discuss bringing down Carmine Falcone.

I Don’t Like the Art Style, but Art Is Subjective

However, I personally don’t like the art style of this book. I just don’t find Tim Sale’s artwork appealing. It’s not “bad”; it just doesn’t appeal to me and what I like in comic book art.

The art style is very exaggerated and looks cartoonish, but it’s a unique style that no one has tried to imitate in any other comic book. Just because I don’t like this art style doesn’t mean you will share my opinion.

I’d say if you like the pictures from the comic that I have used in this review, then you’ll enjoy looking at the art in Batman: The Long Halloween. The artwork didn’t bother me as much on my second read, but I don’t think it’s my favorite artwork when it comes to Batman comics.

The Book Feels Very Long, and the Pacing Drags

Batman: The Long Halloween is a very long miniseries that feels long and not necessarily in a good way. The pacing is very slow, and while I did enjoy the murder mystery, it’s not always exciting for some readers who might find the pacing to be slow and boring.

The pacing does drag in the middle of the story, and the murders can feel very repetitive. Sometimes it feels like the story takes too long to progress.

Parental Rating

This comic doesn’t have a rating on the back of it, but it is recommended for ages 13 and up for violence, blood, and some language.

Carmine "The Roman" Falcone talking about Gotham City.

Carmine "The Roman" Falcone talking about Gotham City.

Reader Poll

I Like the Story but Not the Artwork

I did enjoy the story of Batman: The Long Halloween, but I still don’t like the artwork for this book. I don’t find Tim Sale’s art visually appeal to me, but other people might like the art more than I did.

The story is a solid murder mystery, even though I don’t enjoy the art. I do think that this graphic novel is a must-read for fans and newcomers to Batman comics.

It’s definitely newcomer-friendly and an easy place to start reading Batman comics because it takes place early in Batman’s career, and it doesn’t require previous knowledge of the characters, but I will recommend reading Batman: Year One before you start reading Batman: The Long Halloween.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Great story, world-building, and characters

You might not like the art style

An intriguing mystery with good plot twists

The pacing of the story can feel slow and drag during the middle

It's a great starting point for people getting into "Batman" comics

My Grade: A

I enjoyed reading Batman: The Long Halloween. I think the mystery story is a lot of fun, and it kept me guessing after a long time of not reading this graphic novel.

It’s a book I highly recommend, especially to newcomers trying to get into comics because it’s an easy place to start reading Batman comics. I may not like the art style, but don’t let my opinion of the art sway you from not reading this comic because it’s an excellent comic that is a great Batman story.

I enjoyed the story of this book. It’s an interesting look at how Batman took down Gotham’s gangsters, only to have supervillains take their place as Batman’s main antagonists. I also enjoyed the whodunit aspect of the story, and the answers will surprise you. It’s definitely a terrific Batman mystery story.

I liked the ongoing mystery of the Holiday killer and how you were never sure who the killer was. It made the story entertaining and interesting, and I thought the plot twists at the end of the arc were very well done. I enjoyed it because it surprised me a lot. I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s a really good twist that you won’t see coming.

I highly recommend this to any Batman fan, especially if you enjoyed the Dark Knight movie. Despite the fact that I don’t like the artwork and won’t be buying it for my own collection since I can get it from the library free and don’t have to pay for it if I want to read it, I can still recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it yet. Check to see if your local library has it, and if you want to see what the art looks like before buying, you can Google it and look at some pages. It’s well worth your time, but make sure you like everything about it before paying for it.

If you don’t want to buy it, you can subscribe to DCUniverseInfinite to read the comic without buying yourself a physical copy, and then you can decide whether or not you want to buy it. It is worth your time and your money if you really want to buy it.

I won’t be buying it for my own graphic novel collection, but I do enjoy reading it and can easily recommend you buy yourself a copy. I am subscribed to DCUniverseInfinite, so I can just reread the story whenever I want without buying a physical copy of the book.

It is a fun and entertaining Batman story that is easy for newcomers to start with and great for longtime fans that enjoy Batman stories that focus on him solving a mystery.

This story will be adapted into two animated movies, and I'm looking forward to watching and reviewing them.

I will be reading and reviewing the sequel story, Batman: Dark Victory, also by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. This is a fantastic comic that everyone can enjoy, but you will enjoy it if you love mystery stories because Batman: The Long Halloween is an intriguing and solid mystery that entertains and shows us Gotham’s characters at their best and their worst. It is worth your time and your money, but you should give it a read before deciding if you want to buy it for your graphic novel collection.

My Rating

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