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Batman: Killing Joke (DELUXE) [Hardcover]

Alan Moore , Brian Bolland
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
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March 19 2008 Batman

Presented for the first time with stark, stunning new coloring by Bolland, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE is Alan Moore's unforgettable meditation on the razor-thin line between sanity and insanity, heroism and villainy, comedy and tragedy.
According to the grinning engine of madness and mayhem known as The Joker, that's all that separates the sane from the psychotic. Freed once again from the confines of Arkham Asylum, he's out to prove his deranged point. And he¿s going to use Gotham City's top cop, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and his brilliant and beautiful daughter Barbara to do it.

Now Batman must race to stop his archnemesis before his reign of terror claims two of the Dark Knight's closest friends. Can he finally put an end to the cycle of bloodlust and lunacy that links these two iconic foes before it leads to its fatal conclusion? And as the horrifying origin of the Clown Prince of Crime is finally revealed, will the thin line that separates Batman's nobility and The Joker's insanity snap once and for all?

Legendary writer Alan Moore redefined the super-hero with WATCHMEN and V FOR VENDETTA. In BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, he takes on the origin of comics' greatest super-villain, The Joker —and changes Batman's world forever.

Stunningly illustrated, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, THE DELUXE EDITION has been lushly re-colored by artist Brian Bolland, presenting his original vision of this modern classic for the first time.

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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.


"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
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside The Mind Of The Killer Clown Of Gotham March 31 2004
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some say over-rated-I say not 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much more than just another comic book. Dec 8 2000
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A must have April 4 2014
By N
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a must have comic for all Batman fans.
Great colors, quality, art, and story. Glad I paid extra for the deluxe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DE-ECENT March 20 2014
By Matt
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
this was a really good book in the series, as a big joker fan this was a great addition to the collection. smaller than i expected but very good read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good but dare I say overrated March 13 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I don't think this is one of Allan Moore's best stories, or one of the best Batman stories, and honestly, I don't think this mere 46 page comic is worth $15.00, let alone the list price of $19.99. It's a good story, yes it is. but one of the best? Not in my opinion.

Also I think that giving the Joker a definitive origin story takes some of the mystery away. It humanizes him and makes him pitiful at the expense of making him seem less EVIL. That isn't how the joker should be depicted.

SPOILER/ And the way they wasted the character of Barbara Gordon / Batgirl... well I guess if she didn't have her accident she never would have Become Oracle but they didn't know that at the time. They were just going to kill off one of the best female characters DC has so that joker could prove a point. /SPOILER

It's a good story and batman fans should read it but I don't think it's as good as the other "best batman stories ever" (year one, Dark knight rises, long halloween etc.) and I think this edition is overpriced.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic classic by Mr Moore
Epic classic by Mr Moore. This one lost 1 star from me due to the artwork which I personally think a better job could have been done. Read more
Published 2 months ago by RMG
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
The book was brand new (of course) and the quality of the writing was incredible, I've read it 3 times since I've received it and plan to read it many times more, highly recommend... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Korey Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
That was one of best comic book I ever read ! That's really good book with awesome character ! If you love comics... Read that book
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Published 3 months ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Introduction to Batman
I had never really read comics before picking up Killing Joke, aside from a couple of Alan Moore's other works, Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Karl
5.0 out of 5 stars A history, rewrit
From Alan Moore's stringent retreading of the Joker's bitter rise to madness and crime comes one of the bleakest tales yet told in mainstream comics. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nolan Kuffner
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star AMAZING
This comic had such a broad story of one of the most iconic criminal in all of comics "The Joker" the art in the book was amazing if you are a Batman diehard like myself pick this... Read more
Published 10 months ago by justin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
there's nothing i could say about this book that hasn't been said already. This story is the definitive Batman/Joker story, and adds so much depth both characters. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. D. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Joker and Batman done right
Up front, I have to say I am a major Alan Moore fan. I did not read The Killing Joke when it first came out because I am one of the generation of comic book readers who start to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Louis Vroomen
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the mind of a deranged lunatic
I've never done a review of a single comic book before so it's fitting that my first be one of my favourites and one of the Dark Knight's most memorable adventure: The Killing... Read more
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