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Batman: The Killing Joke (edition 2008)

by Alan Moore

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Title:Batman: The Killing Joke
Authors:Alan Moore
Info:Panini Verlags GmbH (2008), Perfect Paperback, 96 pages
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Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

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I really didn't like [b:Watchmen|472331|Watchmen|Alan Moore|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1238274511s/472331.jpg|4358649] (which I think I may be in the minority on) and didn't see what all the hype surrounding Alan Moore was all about. But my God, this book was jaw-droppingly excellent.

To this day, I have never really experienced a Joker origin story (well, unless you count Tim Burton's 1989 Batman) so this was pretty much all new to me. The fact that Alan Moore hammers it home time and time again that Joker is the way he is because of one bad day is pretty chilling. It also coincides with Heath Ledger's Joker and his big speech at the end of The Dark Knight - "Madness, as you know, is just like gravity. All it takes is a little... push".

Its hard to stretch this into a long review, the book itself is only 46 pages. Meaning, I can only go on about how much I love it for so long. If anything, it has one of the coolest endings I've seen in a Batman book - so, that alone is pretty awesome.

To quote Tim Sale with the graphic novel's introduction, "How cool is this!?" ( )
  branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
The concept and story were really intriguing but the art ruined it. ( )
  Zabeth | Dec 9, 2013 |
Alan Moore is a genius when it comes to the graphic novel medium. I am hard-pressed to think of anyone who does it better. Batman has had his moments but both he and Joker shine in this story. Not only do they shine, they even seem plausible as real people, which rarely happens (for me anyway) in most Batman comics. Must read. ( )
  davadog13 | Nov 21, 2013 |
A crazy tale of utmost importance in the Batman universe! The Joker's origin is revealed, to a certain extent. And Commissioner Gordon's daughter suffers mightily. But, as always, Batman toes the line. Though, I didn't understand the last panel. ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Sep 20, 2013 |
This book is fantastic -- wonderfully written, scrupulously illustrated, giving profound insight into the Joker's past and present. The only reason I give it four stars instead of five is that the ending seemed half-baked; Batman won the day too simply in the end. For example, I wanted Commissioner Gordon's mental health to be at least fazed by the Joker's attempts to drive him mad -- he's distraught, but still in control of his faculties and grasp on reality. I wanted to see him slipping; wanted to worry that the Joker might win, to consider a future in which Gordon could be a foe.

For all that, though, it is a beautifully (and disturbingly) executed story, and a lovely edition. ( )
  NeitherNora | Sep 7, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0930289455, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:23:55 -0400)

"One bad day. 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'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 thes two iconic foes before it leads to a 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? '' -- dust jacket.… (more)

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