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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; De Luxe Ed edition (25 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845767721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845767723
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Alan Moore is one of comics' most respected and admired writers. His work includes Watchmen, V For Vendetta, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Brian Bolland is one of the highest-demand cover artists in modern comics, his portfolio includes Batman, Superman, Tank Girl and The Invisibles, in addition to Judge Dredd, and Camelot 3000.

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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful By C. Verspeak VINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure where this story is supposed to fit in the greater Batman legend, but it pretty well sums up the relationship between Batman and the Joker, as well as providing some insights into their origins.
As usual, the Joker has escaped and gone on the rampage, but this time he has decided to take revenge on all the key characters that he believes have caused his suffering - the Gordons and Batman.
His scheme is diabolical - this is one of the ugliest Batman stories I have ever read - and violent. His method of revenge is really sickening and will probably leave you hoping for some severe punishment to be delivered by the end of the book.
And it is - Batman is at his most savage when he catches up with Joker. But the flashbacks to the Joker's past, beautifully rendered, may in turn have you feeling some sympathy for a man who just wanted to take care of his family and ended up disfigured and insane.
This book is about twisted fate and redemption. Both Batman and the Joker are victims of events beyond their control and now must live with the consequences.
Buy this for great art and one of the most thought-provoking stories in comics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Batman goes to Arkham Asylum on a fool's errand - to try and talk sense to the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker. But Joker's not there! He's escaped and plans on destroying the Gordon family. Will the Dark Knight save them? Or will Joker have the last laugh...

First off, this is an acknowledged classic and I utterly loved it when I read it several years ago. Re-reading it now, I can say this book most definitely holds up, this is a classic Batman book for a reason. What I forgot was how slim a book it is - it's 46 pages long! The other Bat-classics, Returns, Year One, Long Hallowe'en, they're all at least 100 pages, the last one I think is nearly 300 pages. 46 pages!

It's a testament to Alan Moore's skilful plotting and Brian Bolland's superb artwork and layouts then that the two of them are able to fit so much and develop it so well in such a limited frame. And here's the other surprise about this book, even though Alan Moore's name is on the book, Brian Bolland is far and away the real reason anyone, whether they like superhero comics or not, should pick up this book. The artwork is GORGEOUS!

Look at that iconic cover - Joker looking perfect, his pose fit snugly within the rectangular cover; it says so much and is such a beautiful cover. I've got a large print of this framed in my house I love it so much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Losinglemo on 24 May 2015
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THE essential Batman classic. Theres a reason this book is so popular among just about everyone. compelling, gripping, thought provoking and disturbing all at the same time this is a psychological thriller that will leave you thinking long after you've shut the book. After reading some of the very very few negative reviews for this book I should add that this book does have a mature theme and may not be the best book for children as it may and going by the reviews obviously has upset them. This is the book that effectively shaped the Joker for the future. we all know hes been a Murdering Mad Man in the past but this is the first proper look we get inside his head. Not only do we see him at his best here but also at his worst as he commits what could be deemed as his first proper DC universe altering atrocity (But certainly not his last).
The story is about the Joker trying to prove that its not just him that's crazy he wants to prove that the world is crazy and in comparison hes normal and its the rest of us that are warped. he goes about this by capturing the sanest and grounded person he can think of, Commissioner Gordon, and then proceeds to do unthinkable things to show that all it takes is one really bad day for even the most rational man to engulfed by insanity.
The characters are all at there strongest The Joker especially, for obvious reasons this is the book that Mark Hamill used to base his Joker persona around for the Batman: Animated Series. Jokers never been so lovable one minute then disgusting the next hes definitely at his best here and alot stronger than he is in the New 52 as he doesn't need to be "Gored up" to be scary it just comes naturally with his psychosis in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Squirr-el TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I read this when it was first published in 1988, and remember being disappointed by it, especially as the ending didn't do anything for me. Reading it again 25 years later, it still doesn't do anything. It is an excellent comic nonetheless, but other people have covered the same ground since, and with better jokes - see Ed Brubaker's Batman The Man Who Laughs TP (Joker), which I read just before rereading this. At the time, this was heralded by DC Comics as a major event, but the creators later said that they were `just' writing a Batman story, and that DC Comics decided to make it out to be something much bigger than they intended, in order to ride on the Watchmen bandwagon. Whether this was so, or just an excuse for not having another masterpiece, I have no idea. And of course, it might actually be a masterpiece, and it is me that is missing the joke...


This is the origin story of the Joker, told in flashback, as he once more escapes from Arkham and goes on the rampage, shooting Barbara Gordon - putting her in the wheelchair, where she has remained until the New 52 - and kidnapping Commissioner Gordon in order to drive him mad, to prove that it isn't his (the Joker's) fault that he kills people, but that it could have happened, at random, to anyone... Batman of course disagrees, though the joke is (possibly) that his parents' death did in fact send him off the rails, but in a different direction to the Joker. We also see in the flashback, the man who originally put on the Red Hood, how he met the Bat-Man, and ended up in the state that we see him today: Nature versus Nurture, perhaps, or just strength of character showing through for one, but not the other.
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