I've heard some conflicting reports as to exactly which DC comics and graphic novels are in the same continuity as Batman: The Long Halloween.

I know that Batman: Dark Victory and Catwoman: When in Rome are direct sequels, so they're definitely in the same series.

However, I've also heard people claim that The Long Halloween is in the same continuity as Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, the Batman Annual series, and Robin: Year One.

Then there is Batman: Haunted Knight, which has the same creative team and what appear to be identical character designs.

Which of these are truly in the same continuity as The Long Halloween? Are there any others that I have missed?

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Batman: Year One (written/drawn by Frank Miller) along with Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Dark Victory, and Catwoman: When in Rome (all three written by Jeph Loeb/drawn by Tim Sale) share direct continuity with each other; Robin: Year One (written by Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty/drawn by Javier Pulido and Marcos Martin) is generally held to be in the same continuity (as are the Batman Annual series - collected as the trade paperback Batman: Four of a Kind, written by Bob Kane, Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Doug Moench and all drawn by Brian Apthorp and featuring 'Year One' stories of Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Riddler, and Man-Bat) although there are some inconsistencies, for example Jim Gordon's rank.

Batman: Haunted Knight is tricky. It collects three tales, all written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Tim Sale - which subsequently led to the aforementioned collaborations The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, and When in Rome. Arguments still go on as to whether the timeline and events of any of the tales contained in Haunted Knight can be reconciled into consistency with those of The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, and When in Rome (which are generally placed in the 3rd and 4th years of Batman's career).

As for The Dark Knight Returns confusion sometimes arises here because Batman: Year One is actually held to be the 'start point' of two different DC continuities, a 'fork' if you like, leading to the main DC continuity as discussed above (lasting up until Flashpoint/The New 52) and also to the entirely separate so-called 'Miller-verse' (all Batman works, written - and sometimes drawn by - Frank Miller) comprising Batman: Year One, All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder, Spawn/Batman, Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade, The Dark Knight Returns, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, and The Dark Knight III: The Master Race.

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    this is all good info but a source / backing evidence would be helpful
    – NKCampbell
    Apr 18, 2017 at 19:33
  • I don't understand. These are things I know to be true. I've been a fan for over forty years, I own all bar two the titles concerned; I didn't have to look any of it up - other than to check my volumes for some of the creator names.
    – Gray
    Apr 18, 2017 at 21:30
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    Who are you? In other words - unless you are one of the authors, illustrators, or otherwise involved in production, it's just your opinion unless you can back it up with objective facts (I would even say that citing consistencies within the materials and showing how other properties do not share those consistencies would at least be a start). I don't mean to disparage your years of fandom or knowledge, but, without citation, the answer requires future readers to take your word for it, which isn't a 'good' answer according to this site :)
    – NKCampbell
    Apr 18, 2017 at 21:52
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    Well, what if posted an answer that contradicted everything you said, and I likewise had no supporting material to substantiate those claims other than "I've read this stuff for 40 years, own everything, and I just know"? You see the trouble?. As to Google, I believe the intention of the site is that this is where you will eventually land if you do Google such a thing, and you'd find objective, fact-based, substantiated answers. Many times, questions are asked, not because the answer isn't known by the questioner, but precisely to create a record of resource for future Google-ers
    – NKCampbell
    Apr 18, 2017 at 22:33
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    here are some helpful Meta posts: scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/659/… scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3484/… (key takeaway in this one is evidence) - in other words, you say you 'know are in continuity' - how? Demonstrate how they are in continuity rather than just saying it is so. Are there characters, events that only happen in those materials that is unique to them and nothing else, etc...? That's all I'm saying.
    – NKCampbell
    Apr 18, 2017 at 22:43

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