- 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 (329 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
This version of the book is really more about Bolland than Alan Moore, as it presents nothing in terms of Moore's contribution which can't be found in the standard edition. So this is really a showcase for the artwork. That's certainly why I bought it. I'm a huge Bolland Fan. But there are really two versions of this book.There's this one and one which came out in France last year. Taken together, they are absolutely a five-star effort, but, individually, they each have slight drawbacks.
The French edition (I.S.B.N. 978-2-3657-7639-4), while generally excellent suffers from having the original lettering replaced. Obviously, this is necessary for translation, but does have the unfortunate effect of obliterating some of Bolland's work, as there are numerous examples of diegetic lettering, drawn by Bolland, on posters, signs etc. in the backgrounds of panels. Give his extraordinary attention to detail, it is a shame to lose these.
This edition retains the original lettering, but has a few other, less positive, deviations from the French edition. The first noticeable thing is the paper stock. Both editions are printed matte, rather than glossy on thick paper, which compliments the line-art beautifully, but the paper used in this edition is a little too bleached and the print quality suffers a little, looking much like the quality you'd get from a photocopier. The cover too seems an odd choice, given how striking the original cover is and, although a slightly zoomed-in version is reproduced inside, it seems odd not having it on the front, or indeed complete.Read more ›
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!
It's Batman with the Joker. In any equation that makes me happy
Written whilst sat in my batman boxer shorts and socks.
I really need to get a life!
However, The Joker's tragic past doesn't seem a good enough reason for The Joker to ultimately be the way that he is all of the time. When Moore comes to explain how the The Joker came to have his clown like appearance it feels totally unrealistic and dare I say it - childish. This is my gripe - the story is too short and more needed to be done to flesh things out for the reader. Do I feel more sympathy for The Joker? - Yes, do I understand him better? - Yes, do I think this is The Joker's definite backstory? - No. The book does have its moments and the artwork is very crisp and sharp but overall this is not good value for money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This comic is brilliant! The Killing Joke is such a brutal and raw story line. The artwork is outstanding. This is a story that will stay with me.Published 9 days ago by R. Begen
An absolutely excellent story. The classic Joker origin and tale as per Moore. Is a little short, that's not a mark against it, just don't be disappointed.Published 15 days ago by Mr. Aeb Richardson
I'm not the biggest Batman fan, but I love Alan Moore. Great story but didn't realise it was so short! Still a very good comic though! Thoroughly recommend if you're a Batman fan!Published 16 days ago by Mr M Fraser
The story of The Killing Joke focuses on The Joker and is in part an origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime himself and also a look into the relationship... Read more
Great novel. Quite short. The hardcover was a nice surprise. This is a remake of the original killing joke with an extra ending!Published 1 month ago by Rian M.
Loved it. Was my first Batman graphic novel and it was brilliant. The illustrations are amazing. Really fast delivery would definitely recommend.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very well worth the price. Well written, amazingly drawn, the recolouration is perfect, fast delivery and beautifully bound with an embossed cover underneath the paper wraparound. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Travis Tee
Alan Moore's Joker is the high set bar which no one it literature, television or the big screen has ever ( or ever will) surpass. FantasticPublished 1 month ago by ryan john
It arrived at the right time. And it was plastic wrapped! Like it straight off the factory!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer