Batman: The Killing Joke (Deluxe Edition) Hardcover – Special Edition, 25 Apr 2008
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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.
About the Author
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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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.
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.Read more ›
The story focuses on the Joker, and Moore sought to offer an 'origin tale' for this villain, depicting him as a tragic character. This man is shown to have experienced 'one really bad day' - and it broke his psyche. And so, on becoming the Joker, he now believes that only a thin line separates the sane from the insane ... and that, if subjected to an horrific ordeal, then even the most normal of men will break. With this in mind, the Joker kidnaps police commissioner Gordon - and proceeds to explain to Gordon that he's violated and mutilated his daughter Barbara - so as to cause Gordon to 'break'. It is within this plot that Batman gets involved, to try and put an end to the Joker's plans. What's really interesting is the way Batman seeks to end the ongoing feud between the two of them, offering help and support (rehabilitation), but - unfortunately - the Joker is just too far gone ...
This is a very dark and violent story - intended for adults. It's well-written, and the art work is superb. It's interesting to read the backstory of the Joker, and how he became the Clown Prince of Crime. There is not a lot of Batman in this story ... and, as a graphic novel, it's a rather short book. I think the material could have been further developed and expanded. Nonetheless, it's a thoroughly entertaining read.
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1000% Recommend to Batman fans. Really great story and excellent illustrations throughout.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great comic! Was completely engrossed from start to finish. Cannot wait for the animated moviePublished 24 days ago by Daniel Verdejo
Love this comic, stunning art work, brilliant story about how the joker started off.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
Such a great edition to my collection of many!
I got so into it I finished within the hour.. Since reading I have read it again!
Amazing artwork and a good storyline, I may have been expecting too much with the hype around the upcoming animated film but I wasn't as shocked or wowed as much as I had hoped forPublished 1 month ago by A S G Ellis