Batman: the Killing Joke

Batman: the Killing Joke

eBook - 2012
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This is the unforgettable work that forever changed Batman's world, adding a new element of darkness with its unflinching portrayal of The Joker's twisted psyche. Writer Alan Moore, acclaimed author of Watchmen and V For Vendetta, offers his take on the disturbing relationship between The Dark Knight and his greatest foe. The Clown Prince of Crime has never been more ruthless than in this brutal tale. This edition also includes a story written and exquisitely illustrated by Brian Bolland.
Publisher: [United States] :, DC Comics :, 2012.
ISBN: 9781401242282
1401242286
Branch Call Number: eComic hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
data file, rda
Additional Contributors: Starkings, Richard
Bolland, Brian

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jxdupont
Apr 25, 2017

may favorite villain in the DC universe has to ce the joker, hands down. hes creepy,demented, and has cheesy jokes. the best part that i loved about this book was that it showed the jokers origin! it was the best on i have heard so far! i personally think it was hilarious when the joker actually makes the batman laugh, with the corniest joke out there! but over all i would have to rate it 4.5/5 stars. just because i did not enjoy the extra part at the end, that guy, has serious problems!

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Shellie1_us
Feb 21, 2017

The Killing Joke explains how Joker became the Joker. I enjoyed the story. Sad back story that I agree humanized him a bit. I hope to see some new stories of the Joker and Harley Quinn where he is not abusive to Harley but, her mad love partner in crime.

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jimg2000
Nov 29, 2016

Read blessedOne's Oct 30, 2016 comment on its animated film and decided to fact-check the Comic book, less than 50 pages with average of about 6 panels in each. So no big time commitment. Verdict is blessedOne was right on that "It wasn't in the original comic, which this animation was based. If they made it separate, it would have been okay (?), but this is about the Joker, not Batgirl. That said, the other half of the film was pretty faithful to the Killing Joke comic. I only watched this because of the comic." However, I really enjoyed the extras. Both versions ended with the same light beam joke and, yes, both Batman and Joker laughed at it (see "Quote.")

KaiteS_KCMO Nov 08, 2016

I'm not a Batman fan, but I enjoy a dastardly villain and they don't come any lower than the Joker. His backstory is a heart-tugger but it doesn't excuse him, only explains him. Alan Moore's story gives layers to familiar characters. Great colors in the restored version make scenes even more grotesque.

ss1989 Sep 30, 2016

over hyped. one of those stories you have to just read to get out of the way because of all the discourse around the terrible new movie and you want to have a point for reference

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gregwhitworth
Aug 03, 2016

One of the best Batman stories to date. This book really humanizes The Joker and makes you feel bad for him and understand why he does these things.

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jeprokx_
Jul 13, 2016

This is probably the best Batman/Joker graphic novel out there. It explains how painstakingly similar both of their situations are, and builds up the hype by explaining how one is faring and how they differ from the other. There's a lot of psychologically disturbing things that are being portrayed, but at the same time provides a steadfast, unchanging reply from the Dark Knight- refusing to bow down to evil, and bringing justice to those who have been victims, and those who have defied it.

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seeker472
Jul 11, 2016

A classic. It highlights the Batman Joker relationship from the Joker's point of view. I have been a Batman/Joker fan since I read one of their encounters. It has an honoured place in my collection.

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GiovanniGrasso
Jul 09, 2016

I like this book

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redwig
Jun 28, 2016

The ending is fabulous. If you begin "The Killing Joke," please stick around for the, ahem, "punch-line." The best explanation of the Batman/Joker, yin/yang relationship ever penned. Formed the basis of the CHAOS (Joker) versus ORDER (Batman) discussion for the movie "The Dark Knight." Also... the actual, literal "killing joke" is a really, really good joke.

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Apr 16, 2017

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jimg2000
Nov 29, 2016

You know, it's funny. This reminds me of a joke. See, there were two guys locked in a lunatic asylum and one night, one night they decided they didn't like that anymore. They decided to escape. So, they made it up to the roof and there, just across this narrow gap, they see rooftops,
stretching across town, stretching to freedom. Now, the first guy, he jumps right across, no problem. But his friend, -chuckles- no way, he's afraid of falling. So, the first guy, he has an idea. He says, "Hey, I got this flashlight with me. I'll shine it across the gap between the buildings and you can walk across the beam and join me." But the second guy says, "What do you think I am, crazy? You'll just turn it off when I'm halfway across."

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mbritton
Mar 24, 2011

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?

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DavidB
Apr 22, 2009

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?

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DavidB
Apr 22, 2009

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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ZainJelani21
Aug 13, 2016

A comic where the Joker tries to prove a point: that even the best men, like Commissioner Gordon, can be driven to madness. All it takes is one bad day. This comic also explores the backstory of the Joker and the relationship between the Batman and the Joker.

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Anarchy_Bunny
Sep 03, 2009

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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