Batman Haunted Knight by Jeph Loeb

“Despite the monetary wherewithal to indulge one’s palate, your epicurean tastes run to the mundane. While I, on the other hand, intend to fill my gullet — until I have feted my ravenous appetite!”

– Penguin in Batman: Haunted Knight

             Remember Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale? Yeh. The same duo that gave birth to The Long Halloween. The dynamic duo — no, I’m not talking about Batman and Robin — also teamed up a couple of times for more brilliant, sometimes very creepy, stories for the great Dark Knight. Batman: Haunted Knight is a trade paperback containing three one-shot stories that these two writer and artist released every year before 1996. Without having any huge story impacts on both classic masterpieces The Long Halloween and Dark Victory, readers get to enjoy some of their favorite villains as they try to wreak havoc on Gotham and teach Batman some interesting lessons. Fears, the first one-shot story, has Scarecrow going up against Batman. Will it be his last straw? Madness introduces the very-known character of Barbara Gordon, daughter of James Gordon. It also has none other than the Mad Hatter showing off his most insane and disillusioned self in, probably, the best one-shot tale in this collection. Ghosts puts forth an alternative version of the famous Christmas Carol as Bruce Wayne encounters  other famous villains we all grew to love and hate.

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Batman The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb

“I made a promise to my parents to protect this city from the evil that took their lives. If I am to succeed, I must be willing to deal out — the punishment.”

– Batman in The Long Halloween

            It’s been a while since Batman has come knocking on Bookidote’s doors. But here he is at last with another quintessential volume that all fans of the world’s greatest detective should have on their bookshelves. The Long Halloween stands as one of the most important story arcs in the dark knight’s legacy as it explores the famous story behind district attorney Harvey Dent while continuing the adventures of characters that Frank Miller has introduced back in Batman: Year One (check out the review of that comic on our blog). This trade paperback published in 1999 collects 13 original issues written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Tim Sale. Marking the beginning of a creative and legendary duo, these two legends put forth the classic story of a murderer who goes by the name of Holiday and who kills people on famous holidays. Surprising, isn’t it? As Batman teams up with Commissioner Gordon and Harvey Dent, The Long Halloween explores the deep dark corners of the noir murder-mystery genre in comics and embarks readers on the hunt for a deadly killer.

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