Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Batman: The Long Halloween - The Review

Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

What to say about one of the most well-known and iconic super heroes in the world? Since 1939, Batman has been entertaining fans as 'the world's greatest detective', and that legend lives on in this masterpiece, The Long Halloween. It is a direct sequel to Year One by Frank Miller, which also focused on the crime families of Gotham City, a seldom touched upon subject that is often overshadowed by the better known super villains. Perhaps my favorite part of this entire run is the idea that the villains emerge in Gotham as a direct result of the Batman's presence. It is an idea that has permeated Miller's other works, and has given us the darker, re-imagining of Batman that we see today. If only every comic book series had so much philosophical depth, we'd be in for a real treat.