Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke

by Alan Moore, Brian Bolland
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Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore, Brian Bolland


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401216672
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 03/19/2008
Series: Batman Series
Edition description: Deluxe Edition
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 27,366
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 16 - 17 Years

About 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. 134 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.
QueenAlchemy More than 1 year ago
This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk. This is one of my favorite Batman stories. I think that most notable thing about this piece is that it includes the Joker's origin story. The past that made him who he is. One bad day transformed him into The Joker. We get a small glimpse of what he was like before that transformation. I love how dark the story is. It's gritty, intense, unexpected, unsettling, and really quite tragic in Barbara Gordon's case. I think that the darker aspect makes this Batman read extremely memorable. In the end, Batman and the Joker share a laugh and it just sets a certain ambiance to the overall story. It's great. I can't express how much I loved this! Alan Moore is brilliant and Brian Bolland knows exactly how to set the mood with his gorgeous illustrations. This is a must-read for all Batman fans!
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!!
Anonymous 12 months ago
Its very short, but its so darn classic! I got The Man Who Laughs first though. But, once I finally got TKJ I loved every bit of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big fan of superheros, but I saw that Alan Moore had written the story and I decided to give it a shot. I was not disappointed. Incredible read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
B vs J at it's best...
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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 is that good. And that real.
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