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Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke

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by Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, Tim Sale (Introduction)

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Presented for the first time with stark, stunning new coloring by Bolland, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE is Alan Moore's unforgettable meditation on the razor-thin line between sanity and insanity, heroism and villainy, comedy and tragedy.
According to the grinning engine of madness and mayhem known as The Joker,



Presented for the first time with stark, stunning new coloring by Bolland, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE is Alan Moore's unforgettable meditation on the razor-thin line between sanity and insanity, heroism and villainy, comedy and tragedy.
According to the grinning engine of madness and mayhem known as The Joker, that's all that separates the sane from the psychotic. Freed once again from the confines of Arkham Asylum, he's out to prove his deranged point. And he's going to use Gotham City's top cop, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and his brilliant and beautiful daughter Barbara to do it.

Now Batman must race to stop his archnemesis before his reign of terror claims two of the Dark Knight's closest friends. Can he finally put an end to the cycle of bloodlust and lunacy that links these two iconic foes before it leads to its fatal conclusion? And as the horrifying origin of the Clown Prince of Crime is finally revealed, will the thin line that separates Batman's nobility and The Joker's insanity snap once and for all?

Legendary writer Alan Moore redefined the super-hero with WATCHMEN and V FOR VENDETTA. In BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, he takes on the origin of comics' greatest super-villain, The Joker —and changes Batman's world forever.

Stunningly illustrated, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, THE DELUXE EDITION has been lushly re-colored by artist Brian Bolland, presenting his original vision of this modern classic for the first time.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

Library Journal

This classic, infamous story in the Batman saga has been recolored with a more effectively cooler palette and set into context with an introduction and an afterword. Escaped from Arkham Asylum, villain deluxe Joker shoots Barbara "Batgirl" Gordon as part of his plan to drive her police commissioner father insane. Intending to prove that anyone can go mad after "one bad day" as he describes in his putative origin story, the Joker also kidnaps and torments Commissioner Gordon. But Gordon remains sane, and Batman recaptures the Joker-the two actually share a laugh at the ambiguous ending. With Barbara Gordon now a paraplegic, the story stands as a chilling profile of madness. The Killing Joke provoked fury among many readers who lamented the disposal of Barbara Gordon as a mere pawn to testosterone; yet Gordon reinvents herself later as superinfohacker Oracle, poster girl for disability empowerment (see Birds of Prey, LJ 7/08). A bonus story at the end paints the quieter, equally chilling madness of a Batman fan fantasizing about killing the superhero-a perfect foil for the publicly gaudy Joker. For adult collections.-M.C.

Product Details

DC Comics
Publication date:
Batman Series
Edition description:
Deluxe Edition
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
7.36(w) x 11.16(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
16 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Alan Moore is perhaps the most acclaimed writer in the graphic story medium, having garnered countless awards for works such as WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA, From Hell, Miracleman and SWAMP THING. He is also the mastermind behind the America’s Best Comics line, through which he has created (along with many talented illustrators) THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, PROMETHEA, TOM STRONG, TOMORROW STORIES and TOP 10. As one of the medium’s most important innovators since the early 1980s, Moore has influenced an entire generation of comics creators, and his work continues to inspire an ever-growing audience. Moore resides in central England.

After making his professional debut in 1975, artist Brian Bolland perfected his clean-line style and meticulous attention to detail on a series of popular strips for the British comics magazine 2000 AD, most notably its signature feature Judge Dredd. He went on to illustrate the 12-issue maxiseries CAMELOT 3000 and the Alan Moore-written graphic novel BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE for DC before shifting his focus to work almost exclusively on cover illustrations. Since then, he has earned a reputation as one of the best cover artists in the industry, and his elegantly composed and beautifully rendered pieces have graced a host of titles, including ANIMAL MAN, BATMAN, THE FLASH, THE INVISIBLES, WONDER WOMAN and many more.

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Batman: The Killing Joke 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 130 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It stands out as one of the most amazing Joker stories in the DC Universe. Alan Moore has created one of the most phenomenal and chilling contributions to the legacy of Batman's archnemesis, creating what may be the most subscribable backstories for the villain. The horrific, mesmerizing sequence in the fun house, as Gordon's sanity is put to the excruciating test, is arguably one of The Clown Prince of Crime's greatest transgressions against humanity. Buy it.
Jayden-Raynor More than 1 year ago
Creepy and thrilling, this is the ultimate in comic book stories. It explores the Joker's psyche in a truly fascinating way and, in his attempt to turn Commissioner Gordon as crazy as himself, unravels the timeless villain in a way never done before.
regan-jokeria More than 1 year ago
probably one of the best graphic novels i've ever read. the ending had me guessing and this is now in my permanent library. i recomend it for any Batman fan, or anyone looking for a good read.
mcrobsession More than 1 year ago
great book, i recommend for any batman/joker fan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. Dark. Chilling. I have new respects for the Joker. Also, this is the graphic novel that Cristopher Nolan gave to Heath Ledger as inspiration for th Joker in 'The Dark Knight'. And you can take that to the bank.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a realy big b man fan and this is the best this is a must read
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you get nothing else out of reading this book, you will get this: The Joker is a sick, disturbed, and evil monster. The things he does to Barbra Gordon, most wouldn't wish on Hitler. He paralyzes Babs, rapes her, forces her dad (who has been caged, stripped naked, and beaten by the Joker's midget henchmen in an old abandoned carnival) to look at photos of the ordeal to drive him insane. All of this so he can prove that anyone can go crazy if they have one bad day (to which we are showed is the reason why he became the Joker). Towards the end of the book, I wanted the Joker dead. This is well written and one of the better Batman stories I've read. The only reason it gets four stars is that it's pretty short and very graphic. Yet, if like good writing, the Joker, or just really nasty things in comics, get this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sick... Demented... Chilling... Psychotic... Twisted... And oh so viciously brutal... the way Joker is suppose to be! Remember the old Television show and how the Joker was casted like? Destroy that image, and bend and shape it into a diabolical killer void of emotion, and you've got a small idea of how the Joker is in this story. Batman: the Killing Joke is the best Batman storyline ever written, it shows just how crazy he is. And the Hell he puts Commissioner Jim Gordon through is evidence of just that. And lets not forget Batman is in it too. Mature readers only!!
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Every Batman fan should not hesitate to pick up this book. Very dark but entertaining story that truly shows just how insane the Joker (And Batman!) are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great . Great imagery and everything
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great ending
The_Batrick More than 1 year ago
I have a new favorite story in way of The Joker and Batman's never ending battle. The ending joke that the two share a laugh in sums up the relationship so well. The artwork is stunning and The Joker's banter kept me laughing even after I was done reading it. The new hardbound copy is also a work of art itself with the inlaid etchings of in book art. It is easy to see how so many fans would say this is a detrimental piece of Batman history needed by any true self respecting Batfan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good
CerebralBoar More than 1 year ago
The Killing Joke is a visceral comic and meant for mature readers. Alan Moore did such a great job that this tale is enjoyable, whether one's been following Batman's exploits for years or is a complete novice to comics (like me). More Moore is definitely on my radar. As for the story itself... The Joker's reputation as Batman's most formidable archenemy precedes him. However, he wasn't always the unhinged, unpredictable bane of the Caped Crusader and Public Enemy #1 in Gotham City. For a long time he was a spectacularly ordinary man, just trying to make a living to support himself, his wife, and their future son. Maybe even move out of Gotham City one day. One night from hell changed everything. Now The Joker is on a mission of mayhem: to prove that one catastrophic day is the only thing needed to irreparably shatter the minds of even the most morally upstanding citizens. He has the perfect target in mind....
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This comic book is amazing. The story of Joker's past was excellent, and I love that the flashbacks are in black and white. This shows how Barbara Gordon ended up in a wheel chair. And the ending is brilliant with Joker and Batman sharing a laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is it. True descent into madness. The truest story of the birth of Batmans greatest villian. Truest view into the abyss that we all stare into. One masterful story of the results. Alan Moore is a master storyteller. This shows that in ANY medium the man knows how to tell a story. Each time this story is read check with your therapist...it is that good. And that real.
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I got this graphic novel from my mother as a birthday gifts, The Killing Joke is about Batman enemy The Joker, his origin is finally told by flashback as a failed stand-up comedian to Batman greatest enemy. The Joker escape from Arkham; shot Barbara Gordon (cause her to be in the wheelchair and later become Oracle). He tries to make Commissioner Gordon insane through a series of a devised methods. Proving that anyone can have a bad day. The reality is the Joker doesn't remember his past (abusive father, wife, or being a psychopath criminal), but he like people listen to him. This novel would later influence different Batman media. Since I read the graphic novel it reminds me of Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker because certain scenes. I wish they would make a direct-to-video animation movie of this and Long Halloween as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was NOT what I expected and I now know why Tim Burton loves it (because it's very dark). The ending threw me off but the book itself is something every Joker fan should read!
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