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Review of 'Batman: The Long Halloween'

Cover of Batman: The Long HalloweenYou may be a comic book aficionado, or, like me, you may not know the difference between Marvel and DC Comics, and which superhero belongs to which empire. But I think we can agree that comic books and super heroes are all around us. They're on our clothes and cereal boxes, and they star in our favorite movies and also in our library books.

The graphic novel/comic book section is a very popular area of our library, which draws teens and adults alike to the shelves.  Over the years, I've observed how much teens and people of all ages love to read these books, a trend that's only growing. Adaptations of The Avengers and The Dark Knight scored big hits last year at the box office. Coming up in 2013, we’ll see new movies with GI Joe, Iron Man, and Superman.  Catch up on your superhero backstories or relive your old favorites by checking these comic books out today!

Here's further proof of how much teens love to read graphic novels.  Jaylen, another member of our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at the Takoma Park DC Library, is an 11th grader at McKinley Tech High School. He enjoys reading comic books and has written a review of a Batman comic he read recently:

Batman: The Long Halloween is an eloquent comic that details one of the Dark Knight’s longest cases. When a mysterious serial killer, dubbed “Holiday” by the media, commits several brutal murders, each relating to a holiday, only The Batman can stop him. The book also showcases some of Batman’s premiere villans, such as the Joker, Cat Woman, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, and the Mad Hatter, each with a specific connection to “Holiday.”  The book also explores the danger of putting profession over personal life as we get a glimpse of Harvey Dent’s descent into madness.

In my opinion, the Batman comic is one of the most well-written forms of literature. It finds a way to combine thriller/suspense, superhero, and noir genres into one. Although it’s a comic book, it’s by no means campy.  I recommend this comic for people ages 15 and older. This comic has established its place in history by inspiring aspects of the recent Dark Knight trilogy of movies. If you haven’t read it yet, the best thing to do is to get a copy now.”

– Jaylen Thames