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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,470 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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79 of 83 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Octo7 on 24 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Killing Joke is a strange one. When I first read it a few years ago I wasn't that crazy about it, I liked the artwork and some of the ideas but not the whole book. Reading it a second time I liked it a little bit more, I had originally been somewhat averse to a Joker origin story, I thought it was unneccessary and maybe it still is but at least Moore gives us enough space so that it's possible for everything we learned about the Joker to be just going on inside his head, something which was also used effectively in the recent summer blockbuster The Dark Knight. Tim Burton also took a lot from this comic when he created his first Batman film back in 1989, apparently it's his favorite comic of all tme.

The story is about the nature of Joker and Batman's relationship and also about them as individual people, the Joker more-so than Batman. He's almost a sympathetic character but not quite. His plan is to subject Gordon to such an intense and unbearable experience that he will lose his mind and therefore be like the Joker, which in turn might give Batman a better understanding of why the Joker is the way he is. Complicated? It is, deceivingly so. Check it out and see what you think, just don't expect to like it or to fully understand it on your first read-through, unless you read comics solely for the artwork, then you should love it from the outset.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RRampton on 21 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this present for my sister for Christmas as i have heard wonderful things about the comic and i believe it will be right up her alley. When the product arrived i had a sneak peek inside and instantly read the whole thing cover to cover. It has to be Alan Moores darkest comic and to finally hear how the Joker was born (although it is admittedly ambiguous) had me captivated.
Fantastic artwork and dark thrills are going to make this a winner on Christmas day, i know it. Only problem... I was sorely tempted to keep it for myself!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. P. Jenkins on 19 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm new to the graphic novel medium but after being very impressed with Heath Ledger's re-interpretation of The Joker, and finding out that this was given to him as a reference, I had to take a look.

It's very short, and compared to Watchmen it's nowhere near as rewarding a read, but in the time given it's a dark, twisted tale that boasts gorgeous drawings and colouring that offers something darker and deeper. I didn't really like the idea of having an origin story for the Joker - I prefer to leave the imagination to come up with ideas for why he might be the way he is - but it's definitely the best Batman/Joker story I've read and offers a sharp story that clearly defines the different views on life the two characters take.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 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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