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Batman: The Killing Joke (Deluxe Edition) Hardcover – Special Edition, 25 Apr 2008

4.6 out of 5 stars 338 customer reviews

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Product details

  • 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 (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,737 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.

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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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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Format: Hardcover
Seeing Brian Bolland's original black and white artwork is always great, and the The Killing Joke is certainly his masterpiece, but there a couple of things that take the shine off this edition slightly.

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.
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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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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2016
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"The Killing Joke" - written by Alan Moore, and illustrated by Brian Bolland - is a very good graphic novel. This is the deluxe edition, in hardback, with an introduction and afterword, as well as a short 'bonus' story, and some early concept art. The main story is only 46 pages in length - and was originally published as a one-shot comic in 1988. This edition aims to present "The Killing Joke" in the best possible way, so fans can appreciate it as much as possible.

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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