It’s been over 25 years since the Eisner Award winning Batman: The Long Halloween released, by award winning team Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. Tim Sale has been steadily working on variant covers and the odd story, while Jeph Loeb hasn’t worked at DC Comics in years. Loeb hasn’t actually worked in comics in years, having dedicated his recent working life to Marvel Studios’ television department, bringing us the Netflix shows amongst others. That all changes, though, as Batman: The Long Halloween Special hits stores on the 12th of October 2021.
“Twenty-five years ago, Tim Sale and I set out to tell a mystery tale of how Gotham City went from crime to freaks. “The result was Batman: The Long Halloween. We’re thrilled to be back at DC revisiting some of our favourite characters all the while revealing that you may not know the whole story…” – Jeph Loeb
With the animated adaption (covered here) released in two parts, last month and later this month, performing well with fans and critics alike, now seems as good a time as any for DC Comics to make the shock announcement. The one off prestige format comic will retail for $7.99 in the States with no British price confirmed yet, and will debut free on DC Universe Infinite, when it launches in the UK (which is covered here). The issue will be published with two variant covers, both by Tim Sale, will be 48 pages long and is expected to feature no advertising and potentially see a deluxe edition hardcover into the new year. Joining Loeb and Sale are Richard Starkings of Comicraft on lettering duties, and Brennan Wagner on colours.
“As it has always been, working together on Batman has brought out the best of Jeph and myself as Gotham City storytellers. “We have been blessed to have the mighty talents of Comicraft’s Richard Starkings with us every step of the way, and are very fortunate to welcome colourist, Brennan Wagner, to help shape our latest venture.” – Tim Sale
Words: Graeme Small