Batman: The Long Halloween #1 Special Edition is classic noir Batman. The angular art, forgoing realism for lines and shapes, the shadowy rooms and shadowy faces, and of course, the dialogue, rife with plenty of ellipses (“That’s…disappointing.”) First released in 1996 and 1997, it ran for 13 issues and was rereleased for Halloween ComicFest.
The Batfamily is my favourite part of DC, and Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale, Gregory Wright and Richard Starkings do a great job of evoking that dark, dangerous world of Gotham City. The first part of the comic book concerns Carmine “The Roman” Falcone, “Gotham City’s untouchable Crime Lord”, who is throwing a lavish wedding for his nephew. Naturally, Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are in attendance. (If you’re really not a Batman person and don’t know who Selina Kyle actually is, there is a character spoiler below.)
The second half revolves around Wayne and Kyle’s superhero identities, with a magnificent double page spread of Batman and Catwoman facing off.
Harvey Dent and Commissioner Gordon also make an appearance, which means that this is a great read for those who enjoyed the cinematic world of The Dark Knight, but don’t have much knowledge of Batman beyond that, this is an ideal starting point. For die-hard fans, The Long Halloween is also an excellent read, although I personally found the *dark*, *gritty* seriousness of the comic book a little taxing.