Batman: The Long Halloween

The Long Halloween #1

Cover Date: 1996
Subtitle: Crime
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Tim Sale
Storyline: Bruce Wayne attended a wedding party thrown by Carmine "The Roman" Falcone. He refused to help the mob boss in a business venture. As he and Selina Kyle were leaving the party, they found Harvey Dent roughed up in the parking lot. After they helped him up, Bruce told Selina he believed in Dent and had contributed to his campaign for district attorney. Dent went to Gordon.
That night, both Batman and Catwoman went for the same safe in the Falcone residence. They fought, which brought in Falcone's muscle. He put a $1 million price on the heads of them both. Though Batman gave chase, Catwoman escaped. He met Gordon and Dent at the signal. They all agreed Falcone must be taken down by the book.
Richard Daniel resigned his post as a bank president after being persuaded by the Batman. Falcone could no longer launder his money easily. Daniel was gunned down on a city street. Johnny Viti, Falcone's nephew was shot twice in his bathtub. Batman met with Gordon and Dent again. After being tipped off by Catwoman, Batman took Dent to the warehouse where Falcone had been stockpiling his cash. They burned the place down. The same night - Halloween - Dent's house was bombed.


The Long Halloween #2

Cover Date: 1997
Subtitle: Thanksgiving
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Tim Sale
Storyline: On Thanksgiving, Batman and Gordon questioned Mickey "the Mink" Sullivan. They knew he was the bomber, but wanted him to squeal on who hired him. He refused, but insinuated that it was revenge for Dent having killed Viti. Sullivan and his four accomplices were charged, but made bail in less than an hour. Harvey (not dead) spent Thanksgiving at the hospital with his wife. Gordon went home to find everyone already in bed.
Sullivan and his crew were gunned down while having their Thanksgiving meal.


The Long Halloween #3

Cover Date: 1997
Subtitle: Christmas
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Tim Sale
Storyline: While on their way to speak to Julian Day (The Calendar Man) in Arkham, Gordon told Batman that Joker had escaped. Day was no help to them.
Joker went after Maroni, accusing him of being the Holiday Killer - he had the most to gain by knocking off Falcone's family. Joker then hid out in Dent's house waiting for him to bring Gilda back home from the hospital. He threatened the DA and escaped. The mad clown then hit the Falcone home saying Gotham City wasn't big enough for two homicidal maniacs.
Falcone's bodyguard, Milos, was Holiday's Christmas kill.


The Long Halloween #4

Cover Date: 1997
Subtitle: New Year's Eve
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Tim Sale
Storyline: Batman went after the Joker, who'd killed the crew of a small plane and taken off in it.
Dent's new assistant, Vernon (a Falcone family plant), showed him evidence of Falcone's association with Bruce Wayne. The Gordon's and Dent's spent the evening together. Dent told Gordon about Wayne. Batman stopped the Joker from flying his hijacked crop duster through Gotham Square.
Alberto, the only man Carmine Falcone believed he could trust (and his son), was Holiday's next victim.


The Long Halloween #5

Cover Date: 1997
Subtitle: Valentine's Day
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Tim Sale
Storyline: Gordon and Dent visited Wayne manor. Though Bruce was away, Dent asked Alfred if he remembered Thomas Wayne doing any business with Falcone.
Batman confronted Falcone at his son's grave. He asked if his business was worth the price of his son. Catwoman was there and they scuffled. Bruce had dinner with Selina later. She bought him a rose and he was pricked by a thorn. Poison Ivy was at Wayne Manor waiting for Bruce to get home.
A drive-by shooting occurred outside Maroni's restaurant.


The Long Halloween #6

Cover Date: 1997
Subtitle: St. Patrick's Day
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Tim Sale
Storyline: Falcone's daughter, Sofia, was released from prison. After visiting her father, she met with his sister, Carla Viti. They planned on hitting Maroni. Bruce, controlled by Ivy, sided with the board and voted that Falcone Imports should do business with their bank. Selina saw Bruce get into a car with Ivy. Catwoman attacked Wayne Manor. After she chased Ivy away, she held Bruce until he could get his mind back in order. Batman thanked Catwoman, saying Wayne was a "friend."
Sofia was too late - Holiday struck Maroni before her own hit could.


The Long Halloween #7

Cover Date: 1997
Subtitle: April Fool's Day
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Tim Sale
Storyline: Falcone squeezed the Riddler, who theorized the killer being either Carla Viti or Catwoman. Alfred nudged Batman on to the trail of Harvey Dent. Dent and Gordon prepared to go after Wayne.
Riddler appeared to be the next Holiday death, but he was spared.


The Long Halloween #8

Cover Date: 1997
Subtitle: Mother's Day
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Tim Sale
Storyline: As Batman questioned Julian Day, Scarecrow escaped Arkham. Gordon and Dent again went to Wayne Manor, but Bruce was, again, not home. They went to Park Row, aka Crime Alley, where they found him placing roses where his parents were killed. He ran when they called out to him.
Sofia found the 'gunsmith' - the man who allegedly made the guns for Holiday, dead on Mother's Day.


The Long Halloween #9

Cover Date: 1997
Subtitle: Father's Day
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Tim Sale
Storyline: Bruce, in jail, thought back on the night Vincent Falcone brought his son to their doorstep in hopes that Dr. Wayne could save him. He'd been shot by Luigi Maroni. As Alfred testified on his employer's behalf, "Big Lou" Maroni was gunned down.
After Wayne was acquitted, Dent visited his father, who was "still crazy as ever." He was given an old coin.
Falcone met with Scarecrow and Mad Hatter, who he'd sprung from Arkham.
Dent returned to his office to find Maroni waiting for him.


The Long Halloween #10

Cover Date: 1997
Subtitle: Independence Day
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Tim Sale
Storyline: The Gotham City Coroner was shot as fireworks exploded over Gotham City on the Forth of July. Selina tried to convince Bruce to get away from the city with her. Gordon told Batman and Dent a civilian had been hit. Sophia Gigante Falcone visited her lover, Sal Maroni, in prison.
Gordon and Batman went over the crime scene. Scarecrow let loose fear gas with fireworks. Batman took both he and Mad Hatter down, with a bit of help from Catwoman, who'd been following him.


The Long Halloween #11

Cover Date: 1997
Subtitle: Roman Holiday
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Tim Sale
Storyline: Gilda Dent found a .22 pistol on her husband's work bench - the same sort of weapon used in the Holiday murders. He said it was evidence he brought home from work. He left to prepare for Maroni's trial.
Batman located Riddler and asked him about April Fool's Day.
During Dent's questioning of "Boss" Maroni, the man threw acid at the DA's face. At the hospital, Dent stuck a scalpel in his doctor's back and ran.
Carla Viti was shot by the Holiday killer.


The Long Halloween #12

Cover Date: 1997
Subtitle: Labor Day
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Tim Sale
Storyline: Dent had been missing almost a month. Gordon met with Batman - inside Dent's briefcase was a .22 pistol and Falcone's ledger. Batman went to Falcone looking for Dent. Catwoman watched from nearby. Batman visited Gilda Dent and Julian Day. Day believed Maroni would be the next victim. Gordon and his men were moving the injured mob boss (who was shot three times after throwing the acid on Dent), and he was shot. Gordon looked up to find Alberto Falcone - the New Year "victim" - standing above them with a gun.


The Long Halloween #13

Cover Date: 1997
Subtitle: Punishment
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Artists(s): Tim Sale
Storyline: Alberto Falcone was put in prison for the murder of Maroni. He was visited by his father, who never wanted him "in the family business." Dent sprung the freaks from Arkham and brought them together at Falcone's home. Batman arrived in time to see "Two-Face" shoot Falcone twice in the head. Catwoman, who was also there, wrestled Sophia. Falcone's daughter fell from a window. Dent escaped and killed Vernon - his assistant who'd given Maroni the acid.
Atop police headquarters, Dent gave himself up saying there were two Holiday killers.
Gilda Dent, Harvey's wife, destroyed all the evidence that she was the true Holiday.


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notes

  • Chapter One begins in June and ends in October (presumably of Year One). Each of the following chapters take place during the holiday marked by their title.
  • Half of Harvey Dent's face is scarred by acid during the trial of "Boss" Maroni.
  • Return to continuity section 1.