Batman: The Killing Joke


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?

The Phoenix’s Perspective

I’m not going to lie – there were times when I felt that this was all over the place, but I can’t tell whether it’s because it was graphic novel or because the Joker was the main speaker and he’s a little crazy.

The story was a mix of “present day” and the past.  In present day, Joker has escaped and has his eyes set on truly harming two of the people who are very dear to Batman.  At the same time, there are flashbacks to what life was like before.  We were given a look at how the Joker became the Joker – what made him go from a regular man to the madness he is today.

Although I wasn’t completely moved by this graphic novel, I won’t say it has turned me off to graphic novels completely.  As someone who grew up reading comics and still buys them from time to time, I will say it was good to continue to read about the Black Bat.

Would I add it to the library?

I don’t know.


Genre: Graphic Novels – Batman Comics
ISBN: 9781401216672
Rating:  meh

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