Batman: The Long Halloween TPB
Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale | DC Comics | CBR | ISBN 1563894696 | Canada: 6th Printing | Nov 1 1999 | 377 Pages (c2c) | 145.30 MB
is the title of a 13-issue comic book limited series written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale published by DC Comics in 1996 through 1997, from Halloween to Halloween. It was inspired by the three by the same creative team, and made possible at the instance, and under the guidance of, then series editor Archie Goodwin. The entire series has been collected in trade paperback edition, this one. Taking place during Batman's early days of crime fighting, tells the story of a mysterious killer who murders people on holidays, one each month. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who the killer is before he claims his next victim each month. It also tells the origin of Two-Face, adding along to the story in . In continuity terms, takes place after the events of , showing the transition of Batman's rogues' gallery from simple mob goons to full-fledged supervillains. Several stories definitely take place in between and , including , and , the last of which tells of the first encounter between Batman and the Joker, following up on the events of . It has been accepted into continuity after erased the events of from the canon. This is a prime example of what a Batman story should be and how it should be done. Harry Goldstein of IGN after a positive critical review would rank #5 on a list of the 25 best Batman graphic novels (at the top of which is ) of all time.