The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

The Green Lantern Corps Cast Episode #37- Buddy Cops

The Green Lantern Corps Podcast Episode 37 proudly presents The Green Lantern Corps Cast, a podcast focusing on all things Green Lantern!
Join the gang this week for a jam packed issue as they discuss the latest in GL news including Star Sapphire cartoon appearances and official Green Lantern dvd release info. The cast wraps up the Green Lantern universe before the big September relaunch. Including the White Lantern inconsistencies in Flashpoint: Abin Sur to the sadness and questionable decisionmaking in Flashpoint: Hal Jordan. And how does Brad Meltzer come into the discussion? They also dive into the past when Ron Marz and Darryl Banks return to Kyle Rayner with DC RetroActive-The 90s. Is Kyle really the nice guy we all thought he was? Finally they tackle the final issue of Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, the “final” issue of Green Lantern Corps and bid farewell to the JSA. They discuss it all. Tune in for all that and so much more on this episode of CorpsCast!

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The Green Lantern Corps Cast Episode #23 – Jerry Springer Generation

Posted in Batman,flash,green lantern,JLA,podcast,The Podcast by Podcast on February 20, 2011

The Green Lantern Corps Podcast Episode 23 proudly presents The Green Lantern Corps Cast, a podcast focusing on all things Green Lantern! In this episode a few of the regular guys sit down and discuss Green Lantern Kyle Rayner’s starring role in the critically acclaimed JLA series written by Grant Morrison on their first of many themed episodes! The cast follow Kyle on his journey to respectable superhero. Listen as they dissect Kyle’s relationship with the rest of the League, and find out how thin the line is between self abuse and modesty really is. All that and so much more on this episode of Corps Cast!

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The Green Lantern Corps Cast Episode #6 w/ Mark Bagley

The Green Lantern Corps Podcast Episode #6 with Mark Bagley! proudly presents The Green Lantern Corps Cast, a podcast focusing on all things Green Lantern. In this weeks episode the guys talk with Justice League of America artist, Mark Bagley! In this episode the gang talk to Mark about rushed art, James Robinson, The Perfect Justice League, editorial fights, rumors to Marvel, TRINITY and much more, including exclusive tidbits on JLA 53! All that and more on the latest episode of The Green Lantern Corps Cast!

And be sure to pick up Justice League of America #50 on October 20th!

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The Green Lantern Corps Podcast Episode #3 w/ Dan Jurgens

The Green Lantern Corps Podcast Episode #3 with Dan Jurgens! proudly presents The Green Lantern Corps Cast, a podcast focusing on all things Green Lantern. In this weeks episode the guys talk with legendary creator DAN JURGENS! In this episode we talk about Zero Hour, Continuity issues, DC Universe Legacies and West asks Dan how it feels to wake up knowing he ruled the 90s! All that and more on the latest episode of The Green Lantern Corps Cast!

And be sure to pick up Time Masters: Vanishing Point #2 on August 25th and DC Universe Legacies #7 on November 17th.

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Batman: Under the Red Hood

Posted in artwork,Batman,Movie,News by mrread7 on February 10, 2010

Batman: Under the Red Hood will be the next installment in Warner Home Video’s animated films based on DC Comics properties.

Judd Winick wrote the film, based on his own comic-book story. The film will be directed by Brandon Vietti.

“This is definitely the darkest movie I’ve worked on for DC,” Vietti told The Continuum. “It takes Batman into a very dark place.”

The cast include Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Jensen Ackles as Red Hood, John DiMaggio as the Joker, Jason Isaacs as Ra’s Al Ghul and Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing.

The Return of Bruce Wayne in April

Posted in Batman,News by mrread7 on December 9, 2009

The DC Blog the Source released information that BRUCE WAYNE will return in an all new series written by Grant Morrison.

Set to hit in April, BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #1 (of 6) “will prove to be Bruce Wayne’s defining moment as a hero, and his toughest challenge yet.”

Apparently after getting hit by Darkseid’s omega beams in Final Crisis, Batman is flung through time where he must do all he can to return!

USA Today has an interview up with Morrison.

Head on over to the DC Blog – THE SOURCE for all the info!

  I’m not to surprised by this news, it’s been a year since Bruce was “killed” by Darkseid and with Batman and Robin apparently coming to an end in some form this spring. Not to mention the War of Supermen this summer and Wonder Woman’s major change in status coming up this year. I think its a safe bet that this is leading to the supposed Justice League story in late 2010 that will see more of the formation of the classic League. I do question this kind of “Captain America Reborn” approach, with the time lost Bruce Wayne. But this is Grant Morrison we’re talking about, so I’m not too worry about this since he started Bruce Wayne’s journey in the first place since 52.

Batman for Halloween

Posted in Batman,Profiles by mrread7 on October 26, 2008

Hello everyone, sorry for the lack of updates since Thursday. It’s been crazy busy around here at work, with my girlfriend and my home towns annual Halloween Pumpkin Fest. I’ll tell you, I am so glad I’m directing this coming May because after walking almost 3 miles, cleaning up after clidesdales in the parade and working the same day on my day off. I’ve earned in. Well, I’m going to wrap up Batman month, yeah I know it’s sad. With the most recent alternate Batman better known as Paladin. As the story goes from Justice League of America #25, the African spider god, Anansi says “Spider spins his web.” (Of course. Didn’t see that coming.) Anansi re-tells the fateful night that Bruce’s parents were killed. Only this time after the killer shoots and kills Bruce’s parents, the killer looks into Bruce’s eyes. For some reason, the killer is frightened beyond all reason, drops the gun and runs. Bruce picks up the gun and kills the killer. Forged in a crucible of vengeance, the boy became a man who became a legend. Bruce became the Paladin. It is sort of a cowboy version of Batman and the Paladin uses a gun to kill any criminal who attempts to ply their trade in Gotham City.Evidently, the Paladin spent much of his time avoiding the law and dispensing his own deadly justice. Therefore, Bruce never joined the Justice League of America. Still, the JLA formed even without the Batman.

I have to admit I like this other Batman being a kind of a cross between the Dark Knight and Jonah Hex. Gives you a modern day cowboy hero who is badass. Even though I find it kind of odd how a young Bruce Wayne was able to kill Joe Chill but “looking at him.” However, it’s only temp situation but still a cool one. Batman month here on the spot light has been fun but not as great as I was hoping it would be. I’m going to kick off Red Lantern Month starting this week with the release of Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1. I promise Red Lantern month will be a lot better than Batman month was. Not that it was completely bad just not quite what I was expecting. Oh well, live and let learn.

Catwoman: When in Rome

Posted in Batman,Profiles by mrread7 on October 19, 2008

Finishing up my look at the Long Halloween series but Jeph Lobe and Time Sale is the infamous Batman villain, Catwoman. The great and sexy femme fatale has been the long time romantic interest in both Bruce Wayne and Batman’s lives. During the middle of Dark Victory, Selene Kyle disappeared for a while and it was revealed she was in Rome trying to find discover the identity of her father, whom she believes to be crime lord Carmine Falcone and brings the Riddler, Edward Nigma along with her for the ride. Catwoman and the Riddler (as Edward Nygma) take a trip to Rome. There Selina meets The Blonde, a hitman, who sets up a meeting between Selina and the capo of the Italian mob. Don Verinni, the person Selina was due to meet, is murdered using the Joker’s venom. Catwoman is blamed, and soon all three ‘heroes’ are beset by Verinni’s assassins. Meanwhile, Selina suffers nightmares featuring Batman.
After Catwoman’s hotel room burns down, Selina, Eddie (as Selina refers to him) and the Blonde escape to his yacht. In a pitched fight with the Don’s son Guillermo, Selina is put “on ice” using Mr. Freeze’s ice gun, but escapes and barters a deal with Guillermo. Nigma then retreats back to Gotham City for a short time (in which he attends the Hangman Trial conducted by Two-Face during the parallel events of Batman: Dark Victory.) After stealing a valuable ring from the Vatican, Catwoman is attacked by the Cheetah. After Selina defeats the villain (with the assistance of The Blonde), she visits Louisa, Carmine’s widow. Louisa denies that Selina is her daughter, and then orders the Blonde to kill Catwoman.

Eventually, Catwoman figures out the truth: the Riddler has betrayed her, using the trademarks of the Joker, Mr. Freeze, and also the Scarecrow’s fear gas (which was the cause of Selina’s Bat-related dreams). The Riddler believed that Selina knew the answer to what he considered the greatest riddle: “Who is Batman under the mask?” Catwoman defeats the Riddler and his henchmen. The Riddler later captures the ring, but it turns out to be a fake and infects everyone on his plane with Scarecrow’s fear gas. A booby trap set by Selina.
The Blonde reveals that as a child he was witness to his father’s attempted infantcide on the Roman’s second daughter (in an effort to curry favor with his Don, who respected masculine children) and that he believes that daughter was Selina, though he has no proof. Louisa later kills the Blonde for failing to murder Selina and bring her the Capo ring. Selina waits for the Blonde at the airport but when he doesn’t show, she returns to Gotham, with no hard evidence to prove the identity of her parents. The story ends with a two-page epilogue that is an identical scene from Batman: Dark Victory, in which Selina bids farewell to Carmine Falcone at his grave.

As seen in Batman: Dark Victory, Selina returns to Gotham and informs Batman that Sofia Falcone traveled to Palermo after the events of Batman: The Long Halloween, to surgically repair the scars on her face that Catwoman had inflicted upon her. This revealed to Batman that Sofia was possibly the Hangman killer. In a later story by Jeph Loeb, Batman: Hush, the Riddler’s obsession to uncover Batman’s identity finally proves successful.

Batman: Dark Victory

Posted in Batman,Profiles by mrread7 on October 15, 2008

Greetings all, man, what a week it has been for Green Lantern in the pages of Legion of 3 Worlds and what’s coming up with Hal next week in the main Final Crisis title. I think I’m going to be stuck with weeks of stuff to talk about everything Green Lantern. However, this is still Batman month and I’m going to go over the sequel to The Long Halloween, Dark Victory. Once again, I didn’t pick this series up since I hadn’t read Long Halloween yet but I did pick up the trade a couple of years later. Man, this was strike two for me in missing Lobe and Sale’s incredible story telling ability and after this, I made sure I didn’t make that mistake again when Daredevil: Yellow came out from Marvel. I somewhat redeemed myself when I picked up: Catwoman: When in Rome, which took place during the middle part of Dark Victory but I’ll save that story for later next week. In the mean time, here’s Dark Victory.

During the events of Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman captures and imprisons Alberto Falcone, the serial killer known as Holiday. Months later, a mass breakout at Arkham Asylum occurs, orchestrated by Pino and Umberto Maroni, the sons of Sal Maroni. The breakout is staged so in the confusion, the two can find Two-Face and kill him as a peace-offering to Sofia Gigante Falcone. In the aftermath, Alberto is granted conditional parole based on his actions during the riot. Soon after, police officers begin dying, one on each major holiday, with crude hangman games pinned to their hung corpses… and the facts suggesting that Harvey Dent is the killer.
The new district attorney, Janice Porter, begins working on the case while Alberto is put up by his enigmatic brother Mario, who has just returned from exile in Italy. Alberto also takes in his sister, Sofia, who barely survived an encounter with Catwoman in The Long Halloween and is confined to a wheelchair due to her injuries. Sofia nevertheless continues to manage the flagging Falcone empire.

As the Hangman’s spree of terror escalates, so too does Two-Face’s war with Sofia and her family. The collateral damage of the war includes the parents of Dick Grayson, who is taken in by Bruce Wayne. Two-Face enlists the aid of his fellow ‘freaks’ to destroy the remainders of Gotham’s Mafia; his lieutenants include The Joker, Scarecrow, The Penguin, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, The Mad Hatter, and Solomon Grundy. Mario, who has an alliance with Janice Porter, is soon faced with isolation as Porter begins a secret affair with Two-Face, who eventually murders her. At the same time, however, Two-Face saves Gordon’s life when the Hangman tries to hang him on the Batsignal, stating that he isn’t the killer.
The endgame of the battle comes on the following Halloween; Sofia reveals that she was never disabled, and that she committed the Hangman murders, targeting all the cops who had helped Harvey Dent’s career. She then suffocates Alberto to death. She opens the gas lines and sets Gotham City ablaze to smoke out Two-Face, who is hiding in the sewers. Saved by Batman, Two-Face turns on Sofia and shoots her to death. Escaping to a cordoned-off subterranean area, Two-Face (along with Freeze, Ivy, and the Joker) find themselves in the Batcave.

Batman’s secrets would have been laid bare except for the timely intervention of Dick, who had been training in secret. Wearing his old circus uniform, he makes his debut as Robin and helps Batman defeat most of the villains. When the battle comes down to Two-Face and Batman, Two-Face states that Gotham belonged to him. The Joker appears at the last moment, shooting Two-Face, who falls off a cliff. Robin then helps incapacitate Joker. Elsewhere, Mario Falcone, a broken man, burns down his mansion, having lost everything. Catwoman then visits Carmine Falcone’s grave and reveals that Falcone may in fact be her father. It is shown that not only has Two-Face survived, but he has Falcone’s body, frozen. In the final pages, Batman offers Dick a chance to escape the neverending crusade against crime. Dick refuses and Batman declares that the two are now Batman and Robin. Batman states that he still is following the oath he made to his parents, but now he is not alone.

Throughout the book Batman struggles with his fear of being wrong (a side-effect to the Scarecrow’s gas) as well as being alone and refusing to be helped by Commissioner Gordon. Catwoman even slaps Batman when he shows no care for what might happen to Two-Face. It is played in the book that Dick is one of the only sources left of Bruce’s humanity as he is slowly slipping from grace even with Selina Kyle’s attempts. If anything, Dark Victory set up the retelling of Robin’s origin perfectly and how he became Bruce Wayne’s “son”.

Batman the Long Halloween

Posted in Batman,Profiles by mrread7 on October 11, 2008

Greetings everyone, I hope you are having a great weekend. I know I am. I just had a wonderful date tonight, no really I did. Let me share a little secret with everyone. If you want to have a great day with a woman, start it off by getting your car’s tires fixed at Sam’s Club or an auto shop and then make the rest of the day fun. You start at the lowest point, it only goes up and finish it off with dinner and a movie and you are guaranteed a wonderful night. But enough of my personal life, I want to talk about classic right here for Batman month, The Long Halloween. I remember back in 1996 when I first saw the solicitation for this series in Wizard Magazine and I was like: “Oh, just what we need, another year one Batman series.” Boy, could I have had it more wrong but what did I know. I was 18 and fresh out of high school and heading into college. I had a lot to learn. In continuity terms, The Long Halloween continues the story of Batman: Year One. It also revolves around the transition of Batman’s rogues gallery from simple mob goons to full-fledged supervillains. It also tells the origin of Two-Face, adding along to the story in Batman: Annual #14. he Long Halloween was influenced by film noir and films such as The Godfather. Jeph Loeb has stated that the genesis of the story was influenced by writer Mark Waid, who, when told that Loeb was working on a story set in Year One, suggested focusing on Harvey Dent’s years prior to becoming Two-Face, as that had not been depicted in depth since the original Year One story. In fact, if it wasn’t for The Long Halloween we wouldn’t have Carmine “The Roman” Falcone in the Batman mythos and probably wouldn’t have had the great influence that gave shape to both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Even though the credit for The Roman goes to Frank Miller from Batman: Year One. Lobe just expanded on the character.

Carmine “The Roman” Falcone rules over an intricate crime family which in turn rules over Gotham. However, the Falcone mob is in desperate need of a means to launder their ill-gotten gains, and the Roman sees the Gotham City Bank as a likely source. To that end, he has used his influence on several members of the bank’s board of directors, including bank president Richard Daniel, to persuade them to accept his family’s business. Carmine takes advantage of the occasion of his nephew’s wedding to similarly convince Bruce Wayne, but Bruce is not swayed and does not agree to compromise. Bruce is eager to leave and pursue his regular night activities, until he meets up with Selina Kyle, who convinces him to stay. Meanwhile Harvey Dent, district attorney of Gotham City who is driven to eliminate crime from Gotham, has been in the basement parking garage of the Roman’s home, copying down the license plate numbers of various cars. But his actions have not gone unnoticed, and the Roman’s goons come and give him a beating, warning him to lay off for his own sake. Luckily, Bruce and Selina soon arrive, on their way home for the evening, and help him to his feet. Harvey brushes himself off and curtly walks away. Although Selina asks Bruce if he has further plans for the evening, Bruce claims he is tired and leaves.

Harvey meets up with Captain Jim Gordon of the Gotham City Police Department later that night and the two discuss possible means of bringing the Roman down, including involving Batman. Similarly, Bruce and Selina meet again in the Roman’s penthouse, this time in their costumed guises of Batman and Catwoman. The Roman, furious over this invasion of privacy and at being taunted by his rival Sal Maroni over the break-in, puts a million dollar bounty on their heads. Batman chases Catwoman through the city but she eludes him even as she dodges questions regarding her motivations against the Roman. Batman gives up the chase to answer a Bat-signal sent out by Harvey and Jim, who discuss the strains on their marriages while they await Batman. When he appears, the three discuss the lengths they will go to bring the Roman down. The three enter a pact to bend the rules if necessary but never break them. Batman then disappears into darkness, but he leaves behind the Roman’s ledger, an incriminating piece of evidence from the penthouse. Soon, Bruce is in a meeting of the board of Gotham City Bank, protesting the position of the other members in favor of accepting the money. When he proves unable to sway them, Batman pays a visit to Richard Daniel, the bank president, warning him to keep the Falcone money out. Daniel subsequently resigns from his position and Bruce steps in. In August, Falcone orders his nephew Johnny to come home from his honeymoon to take care of the problem. In September, Johnny kills Richard Daniel, gunning him down as he steps out of a theatre.
On the day of Halloween, Johnny Viti is shot twice in the head by an unknown assailant while taking a bath. The perpetrator leaves behind the murder weapon, a .22 caliber pistol with the nipple of a baby bottle used as a crude silencer, as well as a jack-o-lantern. That night Harvey, Batman, and Jim discuss the murder, and Harvey lets it be known that he couldn’t care less about the death of a mafia hitman. The three discuss the particulars of the murder and toss about possible suspects, when Batman notices that their conversation is being eavesdropped upon. Catwoman, listening in on their discussion from the rooftop, offers to help Batman hit the Roman where it hurts the most: his money. Catwoman’s information leads Batman and Harvey to a warehouse on Gotham Harbor, where they discover that the Roman has stockpiled over twenty million dollars in literally towering stacks of cash. Harvey contemplates stealing some of it, but Batman puts a curb on such thoughts. Instead they together set fire to the warehouse and destroy the money to strike a blow that Falcone cannot ignore. Harvey cheerfully returns home to help his wife Gilda give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

But as he is rummaging through his mail, a bomb hidden inside a package goes off and blows the Dent house sky high, with Harvey and Gilda barely surviving. For months afterward, the killings continue. On New Year’s Eve, the scheming Joker intends to release his gas on Gotham Square at midnight, killing the crowd and hopefully Holiday. To that end the Joker has hijacked a plane and killed the flight crew. Batman arrives just as the Joker is taking off and hitches onto the plane. As Batman fights with the Joker in mid-air, Harvey Dent is working late on the Holiday case. Just as he is leaving, his new assistant Vernon comes in with new information on the Roman case. He has searched old police files and discovered a connection between Carmine Falcone and Bruce Wayne. On Carmine’s yacht in Gotham Harbor, the Roman is talking with Maroni during the New Year’s party Carmine is hosting. Sal says that the Holiday killings have been bad for business and that they should put aside their differences to put an end to it. But Carmine subtly suggests that Maroni might be behind Holiday, using as evidence the fact that the hits have all been on members of the Falcone family. Then while Carmine is talking with Carla, she points out his tendency to surround himself with enemies. Carmine’s response implies that she too could be counted among that number. Carla stomps off to go out on deck, just in time to see Alberto fall overboard, shot by Holiday.
Harvey arrives home, apologizing to Gilda for his lateness. She notes his hair is wet despite the fact that he was wearing a hat. Harvey enters the living room to find the Gordons there to celebrate New Year’s with them, but Harvey heads off for the kitchen. Jim follows, leaving Gilda and Barbara to discuss the possibility of the Dents having children. Gilda however feels like it’s a lost cause, since Harvey is always working. Barbara tells Gilda that business is a taboo subject that evening, but in the kitchen Harvey and Jim are discussing Harvey’s recent discovery about Bruce Wayne. Above the city, just as the clock strikes midnight, Batman pummels the Joker and aims the plane toward the harbor. At the last possible moment he grabs the Joker and leaps to the nearby clock atop a skyscraper. The plane harmlessly splashes down into the water and Gotham is saved. The murders continue, and soon it is August 2, Falcone’s birthday, and the date on which Maroni is going to trial to testify against Carmine Falcone, but before Harvey can leave home and head for court, Gilda stops him. She is disturbed by something she has found in the basement–a .22, just like one of Holiday’s guns. Harvey claims that it’s simply evidence he brought home from work, curtly ignoring Gilda’s surprise as he goes. Batman has other things on his mind than the trial, namely finding the Riddler, who Holiday let live on April Fool’s Day. Batman tracks him down at a small tavern and challenges his connection to Holiday. Riddler explains that the Roman hired him to find out who Holiday was but kicked him out when the solutions he gave were less than satisfactory. This information leads Batman to posit that maybe Riddler was left alive to spread the word that the Roman was looking for Holiday.

Carmine is similarly being disputed by Carla, who disapproves of the family hiring freaks like Poison Ivy and the Riddler, as they have done of late. Sofia interrupts the argument to lead Carmine away… to a surprise party in his honor. August 2 is the Roman’s birthday, after all. In Sal’s cell before the trial, Jim Gordon pats Maroni down to make sure he’s not carrying any weapons into the courtroom. But Vernon meets Sal at the door of the court to give him stomach medicine for his ulcer. Harvey is optimistic as Sal takes the stand that his testimony will bring organized crime in Gotham to a halt. Once under oath Maroni admits to killing two members of the Gazzo family, a mob operating in Metropolis. When Harvey inquires if the Roman ordered the hit, Sal fakes a coughing fit and reaches for his stomach medicine. It is not medicine but actually acid. Sal hurls it in Harvey’s face and he falls to the floor screaming. Harvey is rushed to the hospital but once there he stabs a doctor and escapes. And Carla Viti, investigating the coroner’s files on the Holiday victims, becomes one herself.
As of Labor Day, Harvey Dent has been missing for a month since last issue’s incident in the courtroom. He has been hiding out in Gotham’s sewers where he crosses paths with Solomon Grundy. At first Grundy attacks him, but when Harvey begins reciting the nursery rhyme from which Grundy received his name, he stops and calms down. Batman and Jim Gordon are baffled by the turn of events that have befallen Harvey. Jim has come to the conclusion, based on his discovery that Harvey possessed a .22, that Harvey is Holiday. Batman refuses to acknowledge it, but Jim needs proof otherwise before he believes Harvey is innocent. Jim needs to hear it from Harvey himself. Batman first searches at Falcone’s penthouse, asking Carmine if he knows where Harvey is. The Roman is enraged at Batman, accusing him of knowing that Dent was Holiday but standing aside while he killed, because criminals were the only victims. Batman departs and seeks out Catwoman, demanding to know why she is so interested in Falcone. As usual she runs away rather than reply. Batman confronts Gilda next about her husband’s whereabouts, inquiring about the .22 they found. Batman tells her that he found gun metal shavings on Harvey’s workbench, as if he had filed away the serial numbers there, but Gilda can provide no explanation. Batman finally ends up at Arkham Asylum, talking to Julian Day, the Calendar Man. Batman tells Day that they know Harvey is Holiday but not how to find him. Julian suggests that, it being a holiday, there is only one option as to the location of Holiday.

That night Jim Gordon, at Batman’s request, moves Sal Maroni to a new cell. Batman advised by the Calendar Man that Maroni is most likely destined to be Holiday’s next victim. Sure enough, the Calendar Man’s prediction comes true when Holiday surfaces to shoot Sal twice in the head during the prisoner transfer. Sal’s helmeted guard lunges toward Holiday, who shoots him multiple times in the chest and takes him down. Holiday turns his gun on Jim Gordon, who can only helplessly stare up into the face of the man about to kill him… Alberto Falcone. Sal’s helmeted bodyguard leaps up. It is Batman, who was protected from the .22 bullets by a kevlar vest. Batman pummels Alberto and almost kills him, but Jim stops him. Alberto is placed under arrest and jailed. A few days later Carmine comes to visit his son Alberto in jail and offers his assistance. He tells Alberto that he can get him out if he will plead guilty to Maroni’s murder alone and drop any notion of being “Holiday.”
Alberto spurns Carmine, saying he felt slighted when Carmine sent him to Oxford and kept him out of the family business. He says that Gotham now belongs to the freaks, and he is one of them. On Halloween, Jim and Barbara Gordon go to visit Gilda to check up on how she is managing alone. She is still left wondering where Harvey is and if he is even still alive. Meanwhile, there has been a breakout at Arkham. All of the maniacs have been set free by a solitary figure who, after flipping a coin, decides to leave Calendar Man in his cell. Carmine is furious over Alberto’s unwillingness to accept his help, which has subsequently led to his impending execution for the Holiday murders. As he is ranting in the kitchen to Sofia, the lights cut out suddenly. The two explore the house with their guns drawn, finding guards dead all around. They burst into the Roman’s office to find all of the Arkham escapees there, along with Solomon Grundy, Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, Penguin, Catwoman, and their mysterious leader, who reveals himself to be Harvey.
Harvey is about to kill Carmine when Batman drops in, taking down the villains one by one under the cover of a smokescreen. The distraction of Batman fighting the villains has allowed Harvey the opportunity to grab Carmine, however, and he faces down Batman with a gun to Carmine’s head. When Batman appeals to Harvey to let Carmine go, Harvey tells him that his name is now Two-Face. Two-Face then flips his coin which lands scarred side up. Evil wins; Two-Face shoots Carmine twice in the head from point blank range. Sofia screams and rushes forward to attack Two-Face, but Catwoman stops her. The two wrestle and fall through a glass window. Outside Catwoman is able to grab onto a ledge, but Sofia plunges to the ground many stories below. Two-Face knocks Batman out and goes to take revenge upon Vernon for his part in Harvey’s disfigurement, giving Maroni the acid after being on the mobster’s payroll to pay off his law school loans. Batman finds Vernon’s dead body later and, following the Bat-signal to the police department, then discovers Harvey on the roof ready to turn himself in. Harvey says that justice has been done now that he has killed the Roman. As Gordon slaps the cuffs on Harvey, Two-Face drops one final bombshell as they take him away; he tells them that there were two Holiday killers.

Later Jim and Batman discuss what Harvey might have meant with his final statement, since Alberto has confessed to all the Holiday murders. Batman postulates that, since Harvey killed the Roman on Halloween, he was the second killer. Jim goes home to his wife Barbara and says that he has to keep fighting for the good of Gotham, despite what it has cost. Batman similarly says to himself that he must keep up his work, for the sake of the promise he made to his parents years ago on the night of their deaths. In the extended edition of the story it is revealed that Alberto was able to avoid the gas chamber and was determined insane. Now sharing a cell next to the Calendar Man the two stare at each other constantly saying holidays and stating their criminal names.
On Christmas Eve Gilda is packing up boxes for her move away from Gotham, but before she leaves, she takes a box down the basement furnace. She describes aloud to herself how she read in Harvey’s case files about the removal of the serial numbers of guns and how baby bottle nipples could be used as silencers. She then removes from the box a .22 pistol and drops it into the flames of the heater, along with a familiar-looking hat and coat. And she claims that she took it upon herself to start the Holiday killings, in an attempt to end the Roman’s hold on Gotham and thus lighten Harvey’s caseload so that they could have a child. Her belief is that Harvey took up the killings on New Year’s Eve and that Alberto is lying to the police with his confession. She also says that she knows Harvey will eventually be alright and that they will reconcile, because she believes in him.

The Long Halloween begins in June, approximately six months after Batman: Year One, which ended in December. This six-month gap accounts for the fact that the villains in Batman’s rogues gallery are already established in The Long Halloween. Several stories take place in between Year One and The Long Halloween, including Batman and the Monster Men, Batman and the Mad Monk, and Batman: The Man Who Laughs, the last of which tells of the first encounter between Batman and the Joker, following up on the events of Year One.Since the conclusion of The Long Halloween, the identity of the Holiday Killer has remained a mystery, enough so that neither Jeph Loeb nor Tim Sale will reveal who did it. The mystery stems from Two-Face revealing there were “two Holiday killers”, followed by his wife, Gilda, revealing she did the killings as well. Numerous theories have clashed, from Wizard magazine offering their theory that Gilda did it, to a Long Halloween fansite suggesting that it was Alberto Falcone who committed the murders. To this day, I kind of regret not getting the series 10 years ago, I have the trade and still enjoy reading it and especially love Lobe’s renditions of both Two-face and the Scarecrow. I’ve gone on to read Dark Victory and Catwoman: When in Rome both sequels to The Long Halloween. I just hope that the talk about making The Long Halloween into a animated feature will come true.

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