Joker's Teeth

If you haven't read The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, then you haven't read The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. Usually sentences that start off with “If you haven't read…”, follow up with “what the fuck is wrong with you?” or “run out to the store and buy this right now” or even “mix 2 cups of flour with the whites of 4 eggs”. But I didn't really finish it off that way. I just stated fact.

Now's where I force my opinion on you. I feel compelled to write about this graphic novel, since I read it about 2 or maybe 3 months ago, yet it still sticks out in my mind. It's also lead me to read Dark Victory and Batman: Haunted Knight by the same writer/illustrator team.

Oh…I hadn't mentioned The Batman yet. No matter, this book is a suitable entry to any whodunit fans that don't normally read comics as well. Excellent pacing, great visuals.

And if you're Batman fan, I guess you've read this already.

Tim Sale's interpretation of The Joker alone is worth the cover price. The teeth never end. I've included a thumbnail of a Joker sketch from a web site featuring Tim's art.

Other non-Batman recent reads of the graphic novel variety: Goodbye Chunky Rice, David Boring, Halo & Sprocket, Ghost World, Electric Girl, Ancient Joe, and Hopeless Savages. I may one day again read a book that's just words, but right now I'm enjoying these too much, and I found them all at my local public library.

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