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

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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: 18.8 x 1 x 28.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 165 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19 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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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was in a bit of a fit to read all of these formerly really amazing stories, that have been heralded by the nerd gods as a "must read", and it feels as though I am a few too many years off the initial run for these story to be a revelation, or even half way shocking. I'm sure in their day, they were outrageous and shocking and a huge leap forward for the medium. But now they are tame, lame and sort of, meh! I've been desensitized by a few too many years of main stream entertainment.
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I'm not sure if it's because I've seen some the important pages over the years or because I've known about the general plot for a long time but this didn't have as great an impact as I was hoping. I generally find Alan Moore worthy of the praise he gets but I agree with Brian Bolland in the 'afterword' that it was wrong to reveal a Joker origin "I think of this as just one of a number of possible origin stories manifesting itself in the Joker's fevered brain" and there was no great insight into his mind for me like some of the other reviewers have claimed. For such a short publication there's quite a build up for the Joker's grand scheme, "No! No it's not okay! He's... he's taking it to the limit this time..." when all he's done is kidnapped someone and tries to mentally break them with psychological torment in the form of bodily harm to their child...rather small game for the Clown Prince of Crime.
A good read but not the masterpiece it's lauded to be
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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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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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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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I do not have an extensive experience reading the DC comics, however I have read my fair share of the Aquaman and Batman comics, and this comic is still by FAR my favorite comic out there. Another reviewer described it as a psychological thriller and I 100% agree.
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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