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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Special edition edition (March 19 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401216676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401216672
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.1 x 28.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Killing Joke, one of my favorite Batman stories ever, stirred a bit of controversy because the story involves the Joker brutally, pointlessly shooting Commissioner Gordon's daughter in the spine. This is a no-holds-barred take on a truly insane criminal mind, masterfully written by British comics writer Alan Moore. The art by Brian Bolland is so appealing that his depiction of the Joker became a standard and was imitated by many artists to follow. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Easily the greatest Joker story ever told, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE is also one of Alan Moore's finest works. If you've read it before, go back and read it again. You owe it to yourself."—IGN

"...a genuinely chilling portrayal of Batman's greatest foe."—Booklist

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Lobascio on March 31 2004
Format: Paperback
The Killing Joke, first published in the late 1980's is an atypical Batman story and yet, remains, one of the best ever written. Back in print since the 90's I was happy to relive the tale after losing my original copy of the book.
As regular readers and followers of the Batman mythology already know, the Joker, is the Dark Knight's most well known and popular adversary. Talented comic book scribe Alan Moore broke with tradition. He decided this story would not just be about the Joker having some demented plan and our hero has to find a way to foil those plans, rather, he chose to examine what makes the villian tick. The story has Joker shooting and crippling Barbra Gordon, then kiddnaping her father Police Commissioner James Gordon taunting him, to see if a man can truly go insane within a short period of time. While the Joker awaits the inevitable confrontation with Batman, he allows himself to reflect on his early days, and thus, the reader learns his origin. The book focuses less on typical "superhero action" and more on the psychology of these characters. Mr Moore weaves his story with such effortless ease that it never gets bogged down. It's all about the choices that a person makes and how much these two mortal foes really do mirror each other.
The artistic talents of Brian Bolland and John Higgins really shine in the book. Their rendition of The Joker is quite spectacular and among the best ever produced in a Bat story...Really. The "dynamic duo (sorry I couldn't help myself)" set a standard for the way Joker is now drawn today. Batman doesn't look too bad either. The artwork is a nice mix of subtlty and some broad strokes-matching the story perfectly.
I have read a lot of Batman stories over the years, The Killing Joke may not be what you would expect for these icons, but it is worth reading for sure. It is one of the best. The book has 48 pages
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 8 2000
Format: Paperback
This is definitely NOT a graphic novel. What it is is a $5 comic book. The story did not really stand out for me, although the author does give good insight into the mind of a Joker who is truly insane by today's standards. I must admit that I had unusually high expectations for this story based on the reviews of other Amazon customers, but I was disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Desired FX on April 4 2002
Format: Paperback
Yes, this book has one of the most bizarre, ruthless depictions of the Joker in comics history. Yes, there is a crucial Batman continuity event here. Yes, the creepy cover gets even creepier after you've read the story.
But it's not Alan Moore's best work, it's not the best Batman story ever, and it's not the best Joker story ever.
Yes, Moore and Bolland do a wonderful job of depicting the Joker's worldview and giving us insight into his motivations by fleshing out his origin. Yes, the Joker is so twisted that you'll find yourself agape at the perversions he thinks are humorous. And yes, his cry of "see what one day can do to a man" gives him a previously unrevealed pathos.
But the story is sticky and difficult to slog through--it dawdles along and then comes to a complete stop when Moore indulges himself in something that he should have known wouldn't work in a comic book: the Joker sings. Page after page after page, the Joker sings about what it means to be insane and how you can be insane too if you just let yourself. It didn't work for me, and after two pages, I just started skimming the words and concentrating on the pictures. I may be recalling this incorrectly, but there's nothing happening in the panels while the Joker drones on and on that couldn't be depicted in a panel or two. For me, this sequence guts the whole story.
Treasure it for its contributions to Bat-culture, but please don't call this one of the greatest Batman stories ever told.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By j-maAN on March 19 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Many people believe this to be the most over-rated comic book in the Batman Universe. I disagree. This story reveals one of the more plausible ideas as to how he became the disfigured lunatic he is today. This psychological thriller will leave readers wanting more, I guarentee it. The Killing Joke is a must read, must buy, must own for ANYONE.
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Format: Hardcover
It is no coincidence that the two best Batman movies had the Joker as Batman’s main antagonist. There have been many colorful villains on the other side of the bat-punch over the years, but none is more of an alter ego than the green haired one. This fact is used to develop the opening scene in the book.
The Joker is in an insane asylum along with some of Batman’s other foes. Batman goes to the Joker’s cell and tries to reason with him to call off their “feud” before one of them is killed. His magnanimous gesture is for naught as the Joker has already escaped and is deep into plotting his revenge.
In a brutal scene, the Joker kidnaps police Commissioner Gordon and attempt to drive him insane. The Joker taunts Batman, setting up yet another confrontation between the two longtime foes in a setting that fits the Joker’s mind. In an ending that is deliberately ambiguous, we don’t know if Batman follows Gordon’s instructions or executes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Although occasionally brutal in expression, the psychodynamic between Batman and the Joker makes this story a great one. There is an origin of the Joker subplot that helps us understand him a little better and that also moves his psyche closer to that of the Batman. One of the best evil villains ever created, the Joker expresses the dark side in all of us, and fortunately in nearly all cases it remains submerged and unexpressed. However, when someone does let that personality emerge it is usually national news.
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