Batman: Killing Joke (DELUXE) Hardcover – Mar 19 2008
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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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A good read but not the masterpiece it's lauded to be
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.
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
This comic dives into the minds of the bat and the clown prince of crime, and as we begin to unravel what makes them both 'tick', we also learn there is a yin and yang in this universe a good and evil and yet these forces often collide, they meet. This comic reminds us that good and evil is not so black and white. This is a dark batman, an even darker joker and THIS is what I love about batman; he can be the simplistic hero that many love, but he can also be the dark and almost anti-hero that I love.
As a mental health worker/counselor (educated in Forensic Psychology) I find that this comic actually sparked my interest on a professional level, as it attempts to explain what made the Joker who he is in the comics today. it hopes to address the psychology of the characters and in a rather satisfying manner for the reader. This is single-handedly my favorite piece of hero/fantasy literature ever!
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Based on this review, I'm having nothing to do with this version of an iconic graphic novel. This was supposed to be wonderful, bringing the whole classic voice cast back together. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
this is the first graphic novel/comic book i've read and its amazing, the joker is and always will be my favorite dc villainPublished 12 days ago by VickyT
Was a great read, price was more than awesome for the "Deluxe" edition. One of the must read Batman storiesPublished 23 days ago by Marc-Andre Pregent
The story was amazing and adventurous!!! The artwork was fantastic cannot wait to see the animated version!!!Published 1 month ago by MaarQe