Batman: The Killing Joke

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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 ...

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Overview

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

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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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401216672
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 3/19/2008
  • Series: Batman Series
  • Edition description: Deluxe Edition
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 17
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 11.21 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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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  • Posted March 29, 2009

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    A Classic - and for good reason

    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.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

    Chilling

    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.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2008

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    this was great

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2009

    easily one of the best joker books

    great book, i recommend for any batman/joker fan

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    Huh?

    I don't get all the praise. The art work is o.k. but nothing special. The plot is linear and predictable. And the 'joke' is barely there at all.

    4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2008

    Far Cry from the Best Joker Story

    How should one put it? 1. Boring 2. Yet ANOTHER retelling of Joker's Origin 3. Not much plot, character development, or concept development.

    3 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2008

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    It was Better in my Memory

    I enjoyed this story but not nearly as much as the more recent "Joker" graphic novel by Brian Azzarello. The Killing Joke is a good story and the subtle nuances made it enjoyable (like the black and white memories with the red objects, a la Sixth Sense) but it was just "ok" for me. I know many people consider this book a classic and for that reason alone I recommend reading it but there is much more fulfilling stuff out there. I actually read this story for the first time when I was in high school and I remember liking it much more back then in the early '90s.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Realy good

    I am a realy big b man fan and this is the best this is a must read






    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

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    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    I am a huge batman fan, and by far my favorite villian is The Jo

    I am a huge batman fan, and by far my favorite villian is The Joker. I really like this story of the jokers origin. My favorite part is the end where oracle is describing how he would kill The Batman. Not to mention the artwork is amazing and beautiful. Highly recomended!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    5 star book

    absolutely good book!!! the ending ends with a joke,how great is that?! (even batman laughs!) this is just one of the jokers many origins and absolutely an awsome book.

    p.s. read this before you read hush volume 1 or 2 also read death in the family after this is read because they all connect.

    i give it 2 thumbs up!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2003

    If you thought you knew the Joker, think again!!!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    You Will Never Look At The Joker The Same Again....

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Greatest joker story

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

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    I got this graphic novel from my mother as a birthday gifts, The

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Every DC fan should read this book!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

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    This is a good Batman/Joker book that shows just how cruel The J

    This is a good Batman/Joker book that shows just how cruel The Joker can be. There are parts of the book that I found disturbing but that is to be expected when The Joker is involved.

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

    I didn't enjoy this.  I don't think it told us anything new.  Jo

    I didn't enjoy this.  I don't think it told us anything new.  Joker is a crazy lunatic.  Yeah I got it thanks

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

    An amazing read with an ending just as disturbing as the Joker h

    An amazing read with an ending just as disturbing as the Joker himself. Well done artwork of the Joker will haunt you for days so be ready. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    It blew my mind!

    This was a great read. Awesome Joker origin story in there. If you love the Joker or a good Batman story, this is it

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