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Batman: Killing Joke (DELUXE) Hardcover – Mar 19 2008

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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: 18.5 x 1.3 x 28.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128 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.


"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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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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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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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
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 Joke. The reason why TKJ is praised so highly is because of the excellent story behind it and the magnificient artwork it boosts. Origins stories are far from rare in the world of comics but it makes sense that perhaps the greatest villain character of all gets his own origins examined. It can be considered a stand alone issue which is really what it is; it doesn't belong to any particular series, isn't part of a multiple issue story arc and has a story of it's own. This 2008 hardcover reissue brings a fantastic re-colouring and what was state of the art in 1988 is even more delightful and pleasurable to look at now. The story itself is widely acknowledged to be one of the best Batman comics and the ultimate Joker history. The backstory of the Joker is very well explained and detailed and believable. This time around even Batman tries to understand the Joker. It's a Batman-Joker chapter that requires reading.This was one comic worth reissuing and the brilliant job they did with the colouring is nothing short of amazing. The intro and outdo are not too bad either. I can't praise the artwork enough and the story is ultimately memorable. I think it's great that for once the character of the Joker is not looked at as just a deranged lunatic and we see and understand more. There were plenty of possibilities for a Joker origins story but this one made him seem human, relatable, we certainly see him in a different light. I'd say the graphic novel hardcover version is worth adding to your Batman collection or repurchasing if you own the original; the new colouring with colder colours make it a different comic book entirely. One of my all time favourite comics for certain. stars.
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