The wait is over! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce that CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE #1 is set to be published in September of this year! The Eisner-award winning creative team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale reunite to bring you the next installment in their prestigious ‘color’ book series. Continue reading First Look: Captain America White
Sometimes you just want to see hot comic book shelf porn. Well, we’ve got you COVERED! Here’s the best comic book covers of the week. Continue reading COVERED: December 3rd, 2014
Outright Geekery presents its adaptation to a wonderful segment as seen on our YouTube show Weekly Recs. I may not be the Da Supreme B-Man, but I’m as close as you get on the internet. Jules True of Weekly Recs and obvious contributor to this wonderful geek hub I call home. And once a week I’m gonna be bringing you a Tradeback Throwback as made famous by Da Ultimate B-Man. Trademarked by us and The Da Supreme B-man
This week folks I bring you…
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Tim Sale
Jules True here again folks, and I’m bringing a classic this week with me. For those who follow our internetings you may or may not know I’m Outright Geekery’s self proclaimed Mr. Marvel. So I thought I’d change things up and talk about easily one of the best purchases you could make at your local comic store. It just happens to be a DC trade. Batman the Long Halloween for me is the best Batman story there is, hands down. So much of the Batman you find in various other forms draws from this particular work of pure brilliance. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale really set the new standard for Batman stories after the completing this masterpiece. A story so good I own three different pressings of the trade itself. I mean a wonderful story I’m about to gush about is awesome but man is Tim Sale’s art in a whole league of its own!
The Long Halloween follows Gotham City’s Dark Knight as he tries to stop a seriel killer Holiday, who as the name suggests, murders every month for a year on a holiday. The story is set sometime in Batman’s early days, pre-Robin. Most of the story he finds himself working alongside Commissioner Jim Gordon and newly Appointed District Attorney Harvey Dent. The three of them work hard to stop Holiday each month but to make matters worse Gotham’s two biggest crime families, Maroni and Falcone, are in the middle of a war. Throughout the story Batman goes through all the heavy hitters in his Rogues Gallery. One of the best things about this story is the fact that you get to see almost every villain you’d want to. Even one you didn’t think you wanted. Calendar Man, a Batman villain of old, plays a pivotal role in the story. While you may not be a fan of his, Calendar Man is the only one who knows the identity of Holiday and is content to watch Batman squirm from the comforts of his Arkham cell.
If you are a fan of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, you will love this story! Honestly you will see iconic scenes from each of those movies and find yourself looking clearly at one of his source materials. Tim Sale just delivers you this maddening twisted Gotham with this awful lingering like death is at the door. An art of beyond the standard of you would normally find in a comic book. A wholesomely different approach to what Batman is normally stylized in. Each page like a painting you wish was hanging in your parlor, Tim Sale’s art is spectacular! Between Joker’s big crooked teeth, and all of the Batman silhouettes you will spend hours just looking at the art! It has this Gothic appeal you’ve probably come to associate with Batman the same way I have. Honesty when I think of how Batman and his Rogue Gallery look this is the first thing that comes to mind. Loeb really give you everything you and I guess Tim Sale wanted as far as the list of villains whom appear is long(Scarecrow, Two-Face, Catwoman, Solomon Grundy, Calendar Man, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, The Mad Hatter, and of course the Joker).
If you’ve ever wanted to read a Batman comic book, this is the one to buy. The Long Halloween is a story all its own! Especially if your only introduction to the character is from the movies or television this is the Batman you want! With the amount characters, action, mystery, and chilling story telling! Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale were def at the top of their game when the dropped this one. A sit and binge read till its over trade that will have you revisiting it constantly. So many memorable lines, and panels that will have you throwing this at your non-comic book reading friends and forcing it down their throats! And that’s just if this was your first. A wonderfully enticing Noir Mystery which just happens to be the famous Cape Crusader of the night. A trade I hope you will cherish as much as I have.
Till next time folks, if you have something you want me to check out and recommend maybe next week, let me know! If you’re in the Greater Nashville Area you can pick up all the trades I recommend at Comix City Too! in Madison, Tn…SON OF MADI…