“Despite the monetary wherewithal to indulge one’s palate, your epicurean tastes run to the mundane. While I, on the other hand, intend to fill my gullet — until I have feted my ravenous appetite!”
– Penguin in Batman: Haunted Knight
Remember Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale? Yeh. The same duo that gave birth to The Long Halloween. The dynamic duo — no, I’m not talking about Batman and Robin — also teamed up a couple of times for more brilliant, sometimes very creepy, stories for the great Dark Knight. Batman: Haunted Knight is a trade paperback containing three one-shot stories that these two writer and artist released every year before 1996. Without having any huge story impacts on both classic masterpieces The Long Halloween and Dark Victory, readers get to enjoy some of their favorite villains as they try to wreak havoc on Gotham and teach Batman some interesting lessons. Fears, the first one-shot story, has Scarecrow going up against Batman. Will it be his last straw? Madness introduces the very-known character of Barbara Gordon, daughter of James Gordon. It also has none other than the Mad Hatter showing off his most insane and disillusioned self in, probably, the best one-shot tale in this collection. Ghosts puts forth an alternative version of the famous Christmas Carol as Bruce Wayne encounters other famous villains we all grew to love and hate.