Set in the early days of Batman's career, but without the stink
of Frank Miller's cynical nihilism, The Long Halloween took the high
style of Film Noir and cinematic influence of movies like The
Godfather and The Great Gatsby to weave a tale of rising tension
between the established mobsters of Gotham and the rising theme
rogues. It is nothing less than a masterpiece, and Selina Kyle
is the love interest, and just for good measure, Catwoman saves
Bruce Wayne from enslavement to Poison Ivy.
It is an undisputed masterpiece, yet Denny O'Neil spent his
tenure as editor trying to declare it an Elseworld1
to keep continuity free of a Selina capable of standing at Bruce's
side at the manor, at one with him and his world.
Despite his best efforts, its influence only grew as it went on
to become the principle comic influence behind Nolan's The Dark
"It's been said that Jeph Loeb never wrote a Batman story as good
as The Long Halloween, but then neither did anyone
else." ~Chris Dee
1And trying to make the
true Elseworld Bride of the Demon declared in-continuity since his
tantrums succeeded in getting his lady laid.