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DC Comics Essential Reads: Batman: The Long Halloween

DC Comics Essential Reads: Batman: The Long Halloween

By Kevin Mahadeo Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Each week, DC Comics will be releasing a free—that's right, FREE—digital comic book issue featuring a sample chapter from one of our 25 Essential Graphic Novels as well as sample pages from the 2014 Essentials catalogue. These special issues, which will be available for free for one week, are ideal for new fans looking to learn more about DC Universe and its mature readers imprint Vertigo, and provide the perfect reading guide for those looking to wade the waters of DC Entertainment's extensive library of graphic novels and collections.

This week: Batman: The Long Halloween!

Batman: The Long Halloween is the perfect tale for Gotham fans looking for a peek into the future of Gotham City and its infamous denizens. The critically acclaimed graphic novel takes place during the early days of the Dark Knight's career as he hunts down a mysterious killer known as Holiday, and features key appearances by many of Batman's allies and enemies, including James Gordon, the Joker, Scarecrow, the Riddler and more.

Jeph Loeb—the mastermind behind the best-selling Batman: Hush—pens the series and teams with frequent collaborator artist Tim Sale, whose stylistically gorgeous art brings a very unique look to the world of the Dark Knight. The two paired previously on Batman: Haunted Knight and reteamed for two sequels to The Long Halloween—Batman: Dark Victory and Catwoman: When in Rome.

As mentioned, this graphic novel is great for newcomers, but if you're a longtime Batman fan and haven't gotten a chance to check out this masterpiece, now is the perfect chance. So, pick up DC COMICS ESSENTIALS: BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN #1 for FREE by clicking here starting today until Oct. 20!