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  • 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 1.2 x 28.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #929 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
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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: Paperback
Batman's high-profile villains are actually Asylum inmates, and this should place them apart from most of comics' other foes; still, not all of those who wrote these characters have made the most out of this aspect. Alan Moore understood this: his Joker carries as much of a burden as does Bruce Wayne, even though both chose opposite ways to deal with the anger that resulted from it. But Moore plays down this opposition throughout the work, and not only in the conclusion. This is not a Batman readers are accustomed to, but there are two seemingly unrelated advantages to this: on one hand, Moore states explicitely many details that were mainly hinted at previously (especially concerning Batman's nature and motivations), so it's not as if he ignored what had been done before; on the other, this Batman is strange, peculiar enough to underline the fact that this book is the work of an outsider (or two, also counting Brian Bolland), of someone who has his own take on the eeriness of the characters and their milieu. Bolland's great work is in evidence everywhere, notably in the first few wordless pages featuring very evocative visual narration; and it's easy to understand why colorist John Higgins' name was included on the cover. In short, this is a Batman-Joker confrontation that feels fresh, inspired, dynamic and poetic at the same time.
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