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Batman: The Long Halloween still a Halloween favorite

by Matthew Price Published: October 30, 2013

Comic stores locally and nationwide provided free “Halloween”-themed comics last weekend for Halloween ComicFest.

One of the comics was the first part of “Batman: The Long Halloween,” a perennial favorite from DC Comics.

“Batman: The Long Halloween” was a 13-issue limited series in 1996 and 1997 by the team of writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale, who had already collaborated on some Batman Halloween specials for DC.

Set just after the “year one” era of Batman, the book features district attorney Harvey Dent, police commissioner James Gordon and Batman beginning a tenuous alliance to root out the mobsters of Gotham City. A killer begins a campaign against men working for The Roman, aka Carmine Falcone, starting with the Halloween slaying of Johnny Viti. More slayings follow on major holidays each month, earning the unknown killer the nickname “Holiday.”

Tim Sale provides a great atmospheric tone for “Long Halloween,” and Loeb crafts a compelling mystery that will have readers talking long after finishing the book.

Another Halloween ComicFest title was “Thor: God of Thunder” No. 1, which was the first issue of the new “Marvel NOW” series. This was a nice choice for fans looking for more Thor as “Thor: The Dark World” nears movie screens.

Other titles featured Powerpuff Girls, Skyward, Archie, Vamplets, Sketch Monsters, Sesame Street, Ben 10, Super Dinosaur, Itty Bitty Hellboy, Zombie Kid Diaries, Adventure Time, My Little Pony and Pantalones, TX.

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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