As it is only a few days until Halloween, I thought that I would look at different stories to read this time of year. One of my favorite stories comes from the pages of DC Comics. The Long Halloween chronicles the early adventures of Batman, shortly after the event of Batman: Year One. The story itself revolves around a gang war between the Maroni and Falcone families in Gotham, with the mysterious Holiday killing gangsters each month based on that month’s holiday.

We get to see Batman’s rogues gallery transition from mobsters and thugs to the supervillains we are more familiar with, such as Joker, Riddler, and Poison Ivy, to name a few. Interestingly, it also marked the return of the character Calendar Man, whom Batman visits in Arkham Asylum for information on identifying Holiday, à la Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs.

One of the things that I most enjoyed about this graphic novel is that we got to see more of pre-Two Face Harvey Dent. I have always been a fan of Harvey Dent/Two-Face. He is a tragic figure who was a true believer in the system, and when the system began to fail the people he decided to help Batman. The Harvey Dent/Batman friendship is what makes the Dent’s eventual devolution into madness and destruction all the more tragic and fascinating. In The Long Halloween we get to witness the beginning of Harvey Dent’s descent into madness.

I cannot recommend this story enough. To me it is one of the essential Batman readings, right alongside Batman: Year One, The Killing Joke, Dark Knight Returns, and Hush.  


What are your "must reads" for Halloween?

Published by Kevin Piercy