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Alan Moore , Brian Bolland
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25 April 2008
One of the most controversial tales from Batman's career returns as a deluxe hardback edition! When the Joker commits an unspeakable crime, Batman must use all his skill to outwit the crazed criminal. But in the end, how different are the Dark Knight and his quarry?Legendary writer Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland present this all-time classic story, digitally recoloured and featuring a bonus black and white story by Bolland. This is essential for every Batman and graphic novels fan!

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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: 18.8 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,985 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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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
By C. Verspeak VINE VOICE
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Joker story? 24 Dec 2010
By Octo7
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic updated... 3 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
...but don't worry, just the art has been tinkered with. Brian Bolland was never happy with his work on The Killing Joke, and felt he let the side down by rushing it.

In this hardback, oversize, deluxe edition, he revisits the colour pallette and gives the story the look and feel he originally wanted. It works. This edition is really striking, artistically, and the book is a beautiful thing to read. It feels like a much more serious piece of work than the original, which used slightly cartoon-y colour tones.

There's nothing else to say - Moore's story is a classic. It is the origin story of Oracle, an alternate origin story for the Joker, and it gives an insight into his twisted relationship with Batman. It also highlights Gordon's strength, and his importance as a figure of reason.

If you own the original in another collection, and are unsure whether to buy this... do it. Bolland's work jumps out of the page at you, and feels completely different (in terms of colour pallette) to the original. Oh yeah, it also includes a bonus Batman story from Bolland, and the usual intro giving you the whys and hows behind it all. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, sharp and dark 19 Feb 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb! 21 Dec 2011
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 11 Oct 2011
By Aidan M
One of the greatest Batman comics of all time. This is a must have for not only Batman fans, but comic book fans. The Killing Joke tells the compelling story of The Joker's origin. Fascinating and interesting. This is the comic book which inspired a lot of Tim Burton's work. Classic!
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