Batman: The Long Halloween - Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale

I've always liked Batman; something about being a superhero without really having supernatural powers makes him a little more down-to-earth (although he is a multi-millionaire, which is a little out of reach). This book is a collected series, from one Halloween to the next. It's got gangsters, a whole collection of classic Batman villains, and a pre-Two-Face Harvey Dent. There's also "Holiday," a mystery serial killer who has been killing on one holiday per month, and there are several viable suspects.

Some of the gangster stuff is a bit cliched, of course, but pretty much anything gangster-related is going to have similiarities to the Godfather movies. And I'm not sure I liked this particular artist's style as much as some of the others. The overarching storyline, the mystery of the Holiday killer, and the holiday theme itself kept me interested.

Fed to jonathan's brain | December 30, 2003