The character Carmine Falcone is no secret to DC Comic fans. Inspired by The Godfather character Don Corleone he is the infamous mob boss that runs everything in town. This famous mobster was introduced in the story arch Batman Year One (Batman issue 405) but he was not the only one inspired by the Corleone family. Carmine Falcone’s Son Alberto is based off of Fredo Corleone, who you can see has a more central part in Godfather Part 2. But what do we know about him?
Quite a lot actually, thanks to the 13 issue series Batman The Long Halloween from 1997. In the first issue we see that Carmine Falcone’s son Alberto is educated, went to Harvard for Masters Degree in business and also achieved a Rhodes Scholarship as well. He is the “good son”, and wants to make a name for himself. A lot of this comic in fact has parallels to The Godfather film like the wedding scene, mention of cannolis, someone writing down license plate numbers of the mobsters, and even the first page quote of “I believe in Gotham City” is similar to the movie. It’s apparently early in Batman’s career as Jim Gordon is still a police captain and he is surprised that Harvey Dent has already met Batman.
Throughout The Long Halloween, members of the Falcone family were being murdered. The plot made it seem as if Harvey Dent, later becoming the villain Two-Face, was behind the killing. But it turned out to be Carmine Falcone’s son Alberto all along. He even faked his death to throw off the police. There’s a lot that could be said about The Long Halloween, one of them being Tim Sale’s odd-looking art that has a distinctive look. There are a couple of panels where Batman uses brass knuckles to punch The Joker in the face. But don’t waste your time trying to collect all the individual issues. Grab a collected version. I recommend the 2021 deluxe edition with behind-the-scenes sketches. Any thoughts on Alberto or The Long Halloween? Let me know.