Review: Batman: The Killing Joke

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: The Killing Joke
Creators: Alan Moor and Brian Bolland
Series: Batman: One-Shots
Genre: Superhero
Audience: Adult
Format: Comics
Length: 96 pages
Publisher: DC
Release Date: November 16, 1988
Source: Personal collection
Content Warnings: gun violence, sexual violence, torture, blood

SYNOPSIS

Critically acclaimed author Alan Moore redefined graphic novel story-telling 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.

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 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 superhero 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 recolored by artist Brian Bolland, presenting his original vision of this modern classic.

This new edition includes Batman: The Killing Joke and stories from Batman: Black and White #4 and Countdown #31, along with numerous Batman and Joker covers and sketches by Brian Bolland, including artwork only previously published in the Absolute edition!

MY THOUGHTS

The Killing Joke is one of the most influential comics of all time, exploring the origin story of Batman’s archnemesis The Joker. The story and artwork are very dark, chilling, and disturbing. This is not for the faint of heart, but it leaves a powerful impact on readers. I can see how this story is considered a classic that helped to usher in a new era of graphic novels.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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