The Killing Joke

Moore, Alan, 1953-

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Killing Joke
"One bad day. 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'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 thes two iconic foes before it leads to a 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? '' -- dust jacket.

Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2008
Edition: Deluxe ed
ISBN: 1401216676
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC GN FIC M
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bolland, Brian
Starkings, Richard
Alternate Title: Batman (Comic strip)


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Alan Moore’s excellent Killing Joke is epic showdown between the Joker and the Batman as well as a psychological study of the two characters. Artwork by the great Brian Bolland.

List - The Annotated Batman by: nypl_mid_manhattan Feb 03, 2012

Author Alan Moore, known most famously for penning Watchmen, focuses not on Batman but instead his chief antagonist for this tale: the Joker. Out of Arkham Asylum once again, the Clown Prince of Crime decides to make an example of Commissioner Gordon to prove whatever insane point he’s trying to ... Read More »

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Aug 15, 2014
  • JainaS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this story!! This is totally one of the most unforgetable Joker stories in the history of comics. I loved Alan Moore's take on the origin of Joker, and I must say, it is the most probable. And it's also the origin story most fans follow.
If I were to suggest a good Joker story to someone, I would totally put in The Killing Joke (another would be the Death of the Family story arc).

May 30, 2014
  • MissMimi rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Definitely one of the most important stories in the current Batman mythos, however, I feel that Alan Moore's prodigious writing skills are show to much greater effect in Watchmen and V for Vendetta.

May 04, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I would argue this as the definitive Joker origin story as well as the definitive Joker story. This story is notorious for the vicious attack on Barbara and Jim Gordon - and that attack is vicious and haunting but oh so good - but this is wonderful portrait of Batman's relationship with the Joker. The story opens with Batman making a token offer of reconciliation - he knows that their story will end with the two of them killing each other but want to try to avoid that ending. Whether or not that fate is ultimately avoided is up for debate - no spoilers here!

Honestly the little I say about it the better. It is a fantastic, and thoroughly disturbing, Batman and Joker story.

Mar 25, 2014
  • jingfei570 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really loved the way the Joker was portrayed in this story. It's so deep, and especially with the origin story.
The Joker is truly one of those villains you can not hate.

Apr 24, 2013
  • KingSalomon rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

very brutal

Dec 01, 2012
  • Zevris rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is truly exceptional. I found the whole of it exciting and entertaining. I would recommend this to any Batman fan.

Oct 14, 2011
  • Jedimaster_NYC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Along with "Batman: Year One" by Frank Miller, "The Killing Joke" is arguably the best Batman graphic novel ever written.

Aug 29, 2010
  • JoeKerr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was just awesome! It has great artwork, plot, and characters with depth. The ending was pretty great too.

Jul 05, 2010
  • DavidB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

They say that Tragedy + Time = Comedy. In this instance, the more time passes, the more this one comic cements itself as one of the most concise and potent comicbooks of all time.

A good writer is invaluable and can cary the weight of the story when the art is poor. When both are exeptional, magic like this can happen. Pay close attention to the scene to scene transistions, notably the last panel of one scene and the first panel of the next. While this solid scripting is characteristic of Alan Moore's works, Brain Bolland's excellent illustrations sweeps you through each panel. Bolland's resigned himself to covers now-a-days beacuse of the amount of time he puts into each drawing. The cover to this book alone should illustrate how much time, effort and information he puts into each picture. Like the best works of art, each of his pictures are worth thousands of words. And let's not forget that Bolland's paired up with one of comicdoms most praised author's.

This story is about viewing things diferently. The writer paints haunting images and disturbing landscapes while the artist draws elegantly and concisely. Together, somehow the unthinkable happens; you actually begin to see things from the Joker's perspective. It's not about sympathising or condemnation. Writer and artist are just trying to convey ideas to you through a story. Read into it what you will.

It's easy for comic fanatics to get caught up in the infamous 'Barabara incident' or the speculation behind Joker's 'possible' origin but this is a master work of storytelling.

Feb 14, 2010
  • doubleplanet rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Some of the best Joker artwork I've seen. The story is well and tightly scripted -- and the ending is surprisingly human, considering the brutal history of the two driven and bizarre main characters. I've often thought it the ideal "introduction to graphic novels" book to lend to adults who've never read one: it's a slim volume; the artwork is magnificent; the story is dramatic -- and the joke is actually pretty funny, at least in its context.

Incidentally, this book introduces an act that changes the role of one of the "canon" characters completely.

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Aug 15, 2014
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Apr 24, 2013
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Mar 24, 2011
  • mbritton rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As soon as I saw what a black awful joke the world was I went as crazy a hoot, I admit it why can't you?

Apr 22, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

All these years and I don't know who he is any more than I know than he knows who I am. How can two people hate so much without knowing each other?

Apr 22, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hello. I came to talk. I've been thinking lately. About you and me. About what's going to happen to us, in the end. We're going to kill each other aren't we? Perhaps you'll kill me. Perhaps I'll kill you. Perhaps sooner. Perhaps later. I just wanted to know that I'd made a genuine attempt to talk things over and avert that outcome. Just once.


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Apr 24, 2013
  • KingSalomon rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Violence: lots of graphic violence

Sep 03, 2009
  • Anarchy_Bunny rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.


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