Batman: Dark Victory (new edition)

Batman: Dark Victory (new edition)

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Overview

In this sequel to the legendary Batman: The Long Halloween, another mystery killer has sprouted in Gotham City, but it's not the town we all quite knew.

Once a place controlled by organized crime, Gotham City suddenly finds itself being run by lawless freaks, such as Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, and the Joker. It is still early in Batman's crimefighting career, but the Dark Knight is on the verge of completing his transformation into the city's greatest defender. However, nothing he has experienced thus far—not even a new sidekick named Robin—will prepare him for the Hangman.

With the murders reminiscent of the Holiday killing spree just a year ago, Batman will have to call on every one of his detective's instincts to solve a mystery that goes even deeper—and more dangerous—than any he's faced before.

From the juggernaut creative team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sales comes Batman: Dark Victory, one of the finest stories in the Dark Knight's fabled lore. Collects issues #0-13.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401244019
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 39,467
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jeph Loeb is an Emmy award nominated and Eisner award winning writer/producer living in Los Angeles. In television, his many credits include Smallville, Lost and Heroes and in film, Teen Wolf and Commando. In comics, he is best known for his work with the supremely talented artist and partner-in-crime Tim Sale on Batman: The Long Halloween, Superman for All Seasons, Catwoman: When in Rome for DC as well as Daredevil Yellow, Spider-Man Blue and Hulk Gray for Marvel. 

Tim Sale is not only the artist for the numerous collaborations with Jeph Loeb listed above, but has also worked on Deathblow, Batman: Legends of The Dark KnightGrendelWolverine/Gambit: VictimsBilli 99Amazon, and various other projects. He had the distinct honor of being the first creator chosen for the artist spotlight series Solo.

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Batman: Dark Victory 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Crimsonflyer More than 1 year ago
Its funny how things happen. I was used to walking into a book store and see the same old books everyday. I was always looking for a way to feel like I was a hero. I then looked over by the Grahpic novel section and I saw this book. I read the back and I became interested. The book was not very presentable in the store so I bought it online. I stayed up until 12:30 at night trying to finish the day I got it. Ever since then I became a Batman junkie. I wood heavily recommend this book to whoever wants to escape and use their imagination as they read this book as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Long Halloween was truly a great book, but left some ends untied. Dark Victory, the sequal ties all those loose ends and more! It explains what happened to the Falcone family, why catwoman is always hanging around, and it even shows the origin of robin! No Batman fan should be without this story!
lorivenn123 More than 1 year ago
I am usually not the one for graphic novels but this was really great. Both the illustrations and the writing were really awesome. The Dark Victory was action packed and it also had a really good plot. Through out the story there is a villain who is hanging police officers. So Batman's main role is to find out who the person really is. But something else interesting happens in this book, Batman meets his new companion, Robin. Robin has lost his parents just like Batman. Batman decides to take up Robin as his own. Robin can not stand to stay home why Batman is out doing what he does. So Robin begins to work out and train at the house under the supervision of Alfred. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes an interesting story full of action. Even if you are not someone who likes graphic novels, believe me this book will change your mind.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
Although not as intriguing as Batman: The Long Halloween, Dark Victory is still a graphic novel worth reading and is certainly one to be remembered.
The_Runner More than 1 year ago
Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale have returned to Gotham City and accomplished yet again what they did during their first visit in The Long Halloween. They have produced a fantastic Batman story!
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
While most sequels lack in quality, this sequel to The Long Halloween somehow seemed more like an extention of the first series. The addition of Robin was made and actually made sense. The mystery is easier to solve this go around and Tim Sale's art isn't as good but overall the series rocks. I love the failed relationship between Bats, Gordon, and Dent. Really good read!
drewandlori on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A far inferior sequel/knockoff of Long Halloween.
g33kgrrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a sequel to "Batman: Long Halloween". The story shows Batman grappling with the events of that story - how to deal with Harvey Dent becoming Two-Face, how to deal with the idea of trust at all - as well as the more literal fallout of dealing with the remnants of the Falcone family. Then, between a breakout at Arkham Asylum and a new serial killer emerging, killing only police officers, Batman, Commissioner Gordon, and the ever-ambiguous Catwoman must get to the bottom of the crime.The story is interesting, the emergence of Robin is well-done (especially Alfred's flashbacks), and I liked Catwoman's role. I wish Porter had been better used, as that seemed a bit cliched and tired. Overall, though, this is a good read and once that holds up to The Long Halloween.
atia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this one even better than "The Long Halloween". After the killer known as Holiday has been captured, Gotham is once again under attack by someone using a similar approach: this time, the victims are cops, who are hanged one by one, and left with a note pinned to them, on which is a game of hangman. Batman at first tries to solve these crimes on his own, but it isn't until he finds a companion in the form of Robin that he finds out who's behind the attacks.The overall theme of this story arc is Batman's loneliness. Sometimes I wished the authors would've made it a little more subtle, but the lack of subtlety doesn't actually hurt. Well, it does hurt in that one really, really hurts for Batman and Bruce Wayne. So when Batman finds his Robin, it's a relief for the reader, too. I've read a few Batman comics now (still only a fraction of what is out there), and my feelings for Robin are ambivalent at best. I don't hate him, but I can see why some people might not like him. In here, however, I felt he was completely likeable; and I loved how Loeb and Sale chose to tell a story that every reader already knows anyway in a way that felt new and real. I especially loved the way the parallels between Bruce and Dick's fates were shown (and Alfred's reaction).In fact, that is something that's impressed me again and again, the more Batman I've read (and by the way, I doubt there'll ever be a point where I won't feel like a newbie to this) - the way the different authors always manage to give the myth a new shape, a new twist. Because the story of how Bruce Wayne became Batman is, at this point, one almost everybody in Western culture knows (ok, I'm probably exaggerating, but a lot of people know it). Still some manage to tell it in a way that still moves.And the pain. And the loneliness. I've found it gets a bit much after a while, so I'm trying to keep the dosage at an acceptable level, but overall I'm still loving the darkness of it. The world of Batman - definitely one of my favourite discoveries of the year.
tiamatq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This sequel to "The Long Halloween" delves into the war between Gotham's organized crime families and the chaotic team of "freaks" that have escaped from Gotham. Batman is aided (and sometimes hindered) by Commissioner Gordon and the GCPD, new D.A. Janice Porter, Catwoman, and Robin. There's a new serial killer on the loose, the Hang Man, who kills a cop on each holiday, placing a game of hang-man on the victim. If you like your Gotham villains, then you're in for a treat. You get to see a bit of each villain, though Two-Face plays a larger part. This is also an excellent introduction to Robin... he's only a tad cheesy (doesn't he have to be?). Loeb/Sale contrast the Graysons' deaths with those of the Waynes', as well as how both orphans dealt with the tragedy. Robin's a much more hopeful character.The artwork is incredible. I loved it! My only complaint is that the story can get somewhat repetitive... if you've read "The Long Halloween," you feel like you're following the same path, using the same pacing. Also, there's a narrative at the start of each chapter reiterating the loss of Harvey Dent... seriously, I get it after the first chapters. I don't know if the chapters were released individually, but in a bound format, it can get a bit annoying.All in all, this is a great Batman story, and a nice followup to "The Long Halloween." You just might want to give yourself a little time inbetween readings.
jediphil683 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not quite as solid as Long Halloween, I'd say that Dark Victory proves itself a strong entry in the Batman canon. Loeb and Sale's post-Year One stories (DV and LH) go a long way towards fleshing out Batman and Bruce Wayne both, and built up the best take on the Harvey Dent/Two-Face Bruce Wayne/Batman relationship of any version before or since. To a certain degree, DV is LH Redux, which is both its saving grace and its Achilles heel. More of the same is not necessarily bad (see: some of the better movie sequels), but it would have been nice to see it grow beyond.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the very best Batman stories. Popular opinion would say it isn’t quite as good as Long Halloween, but I prefer Dark Victory because, regardless of the title, it has light in it. Tim Sale’s art is splendid, jazzy and delightful no matter how dark the subject matter. If the emotional journey of Bruce going from hardened loner to adoptive parent doesn’t make you a little teary eyed, your loss.
Ju1Garcia More than 1 year ago
Seriously, just as good or even better than Long Halloween.
Lufbra More than 1 year ago
This book has much the same storyline as 'The Long Halloween' in that a serial killer is terrorizing Gotham City killing people on major holidays but don't let that put you off. This book is different in the fact that it uses the supporting cast of mobsters and supervillains better. They have a more important part to play in this story and it pays off. Batman is still the main player but Bruce Wayne also plays a major part and the Catwoman really shines is a vampy, sexy way. This book has good characterizations of all involved and though the artwork didn't win me over the use of panels and shadow are stunning not to mention the coloring. This is movie caliber stuff. In truth you should probably read all the Batman books Loeb and Sale created but I think this one will be high on most peoples list.
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Jeph Loeb delivers another mysterious tale in the Batman mythos with the sequel to The Long Halloween, Dark Victory! The origin of Dick Grayson as the first Robin adds to the classic scenes of the comics! This must be in your Batman collection! My one con of the book is not enough Robin.
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