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Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 at 08:09:31 pm EST
Reply Subj: About "Batman: The Long Halloween" . . .
Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 at 02:07:32 pm EST

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...allright, a few threads down, there's a thread in which Year One is being discussed, and a comparision with Long Halloween arised, some posters even mentioning that it was even better than Year One.
I've read Year One and enjoyed it a big deal, but I've never tried Long Halloween at all. All I know about it, it's that it was written by Jeph Loeb, a writer of whom I have only read some Superman/Batman issues, and was very disappointed by the extremely poor scripts. Because of that, I've never dared touch anything else written by Loeb.
So, my question is: is there any possibility at all, that someone who has found Loeb's Superman/Batman stories may ever enjoy The Long Halloween at all? I found his Superman/Batman stuff way too simplistic, two-dimensional and unimaginative.
Thanks in advance for your replies, and please, if there are any Jeph Loeb fans around here, don't feel offended by my comments. It's not my intention to offend.

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Opinions are always respected. I myself started finding Loebs work on Superman/Batman a little odd if not down right confusing. But I find it kind of hard to compare the Year One title and The Long Halloween at all. As far as I know; and if I'm wrong someone please correct me, The Long Halloween was kind of like a re-telling of Batman's first encounters with Harvey Dent/Two-Face. I'm not even sure that the story is actually credible to the Batman mythos. Year One is held as one of the most important storylines in Batman's history and I understand that many people will defend it if it ever falls under attack, but you may just be cheating yourself out of a damn fine Batman mystery tale by not reading Halloween. It is fast paced and leaves you guessing through the whole length of the tale.

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