It’s day 12 of 31 Days, a celebration of all things spook,creepy and thrilling from my comic collection.
This is the first tpb I bought with the creative team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. I’m a huge fan of Batman and after an absence of 5 plus years from the character I really enjoyed this story.
Originally published as a 13 issue miniseries This trade is a wonderful way to experience the story. Jeph Loeb are a gifted writer/artist team The art seamlessly flows with the narrative, Sale’s shading techniques and use of color are spectacular.
The book focuses on the Calendar Killer a murder who is killing its victims on various Holidays starting with a late September murder . Each time the murdered leaves a token of the season, sometimes even the murder weapon itself. Folded into this plot are the life of Harvey Dent (before two-face) and the Falcone crime family.
Many of Batman’s greatest foes make a showcase in the series : Solomon Grundy, Joker, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, The Riddler. My favorite is the appearance by The scarecrow. From his first appearance on a maddened bucking horse he exemplifies creepiness even though his first appearance is a fake. Later he shows up with The Mad Hatter singing a very creepy song.
He is still defeated by Batman but Loeb and Sale really amped up the creepy factor for this character.
The second creepy scene is a two page splash of Scarecrow , Hatter, Joker, Ivy, Catwoman, Solomon Grundy and Penguin. At first it’s easy to miss the seated figure nestled between them, just a shadow of dark hair til he stands and reveals himself as TWO- FACE. Harvey Dent is no more and he wants vengeance on the Falcone family, the heart of this mystery of the Calendar Killer whose revelation will leave you looking at Harvey and Gilda Dent in a whole new light . Amazing ,satisfying read, great to re-read on a dark fall evening