- Reading level: 16+ years
- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: RHUS; Deluxe edition (19 March 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 5012256263
- ISBN-13: 978-5012256263
- ASIN: 1401216676
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.3 x 28.7 cm
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"...a genuinely chilling portrayal of Batman's greatest foe." —Booklist
"Easily the greatest Joker story ever told, Batman: The Killing Joke is also one of Alan Moore's finest works." —IGN
“I loved The Killing Joke…It’s my favorite. It’s the first comic I’ve ever loved.”
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 or 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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And without a doubt this grpahic novel really establishes the fact that batman has the richest history among all superheroes when it comes to stories, villains and their subsequent themes.
For anyone who would like to educate themselves more about this DC legend, this one is surely worth the read.
A tale so powerful, a story so gripping and that coupled with the spectacular larger than life illustrations and artwork by the iconic comic artist, this book is a must-have for all comic book fans. It talks about the story behind JOKER - "What made him who he is, the greatest nemesis of BATMAN"
This DELUXE edition brings with it the art illustrations, a write-up from the artist himself about how this story came to be....one of the greatest graphic novels ever. Written by English author Alan Moore and drawn by English illustrator Brian Bolland, the pages are alive with characters (Jim Gordon, Batman, Joker) like we have never seen them before.
Its simply brilliant!
Everything about this books screams the highlight of the Joker and his much needed background in the making of his venomous act.
And It did not disappoint. The writing was gripping. The whole story was connected and thrilling through just few words and intense graphic creations.
I loved Joker and can't wait to read more about him.
About Book: Everyone knows that it's a masterpiece. And a classic book to have.
Reprint color palettes are awosem with deluxe size with Hardcover.
Along with huge discount given by Amazon is the icing on cake. Loved it.
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It's a pretty short graphic novel, probably one of the shortest out there, but the story is so well written and the characters so well formed it doesn't need to be any longer.
Not to spoil it for anyone, but the final few panels in the book are so well composed, there is little dialog in them, but the imagery of these panels paints such a powerful story. To a point that you can come to your own conclusion as to what the fate of Joker is in the end....
[SPOILER: Did Batman kill him?]
So, needless to say, though I’m a fan of the comic book genre, I’m not familiar with the typical structures and devices of a graphic novel and I have to say I did find it a bit odd.
Before getting to that though I should say I was grabbed by the story. It is an interesting, daring take on the origins of Batman’s arch nemesis, The Joker. The novel downplays the maniacal, blood-thirsty villain I’ve seen the Joker portrayed as before, and instead shows how any average joe could become a crazed psychopath after just one bad day.
To humanise one of the most caricatured of characters was a brave decision that was deftly achieved.
Avoiding spoilers, it is difficult to discuss my feelings on how the story plays out. But it does leave plenty of room for interpretation and thought. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Indeed, for many, it is exactly why The Killing Joke is such a classic work.
But as I mentioned earlier, I was slightly put off by how the story was told. The drawings and colours were fantastic and wonderful to drink in. But I do feel a lot of weight is put on the reader to decipher the writers intentions. Again, I don’t want to spoil anything for future readers but the graphic novel could have done with a bit more elaboration on certain scenes and points (and I’m not just referring to the ending).
Whereas a regular novel is often cut and shortened dramatically in a cinematic reworking, in order to hold the viewers attentions, it is clear that the opposite would have the be the case for a graphic novel like this, otherwise you would end up with a very short film indeed.
I should stress this is not a criticism as such, although it did cause some dismay on my part. As I said though, I’m not familiar with how graphic novels normal tell their tale and this may be the usual structure.
Also there is a fantastic artwork in a very unique style, which shows of perfectly the grim and twisted world it takes place in.
Much better then its movie counterpart, a little on the short side however.
Overall it's highly recommended, a compact but memorable comic.
The introduction by Tim Sale and the afterword by Brian Bolland are written with sincerity and are totally worth a read. It also includes a morally questionable short story (8 pages) written and drawn by Brian Bolland that is surprisingly good and effective short story, even though it's pretty shocking and off-putting (even more than the actual Killing Joke story) as a boy implies that he would be ready to tie up a little girl and do perverted things to her just to ruin the lives of her family. But it's still a pretty neat extra. The book also includes a double page with some sketches for the Killing Joke as well as for the extra short story and every picture includes a caption from the artist himself. It's good as long as it lasts: I would have liked to see even more character concepts and sketches, but I'm glad that they included some of them anyway.
The overall design of the book is black and beautiful, the iconic art on the dust jacket (which you'll really get only after reading the book)and the black-and-purple hard cover art are just as good as it gets. I think this might be the best comic I'll ever encounter. Or maybe that's going to be Watchmen after I get my hand on that.
I assume it must be good for a comic, but I found it disappointingly short: the story was over before it even began. It felt like a prologue.
I've seen other versions of the graphic novels that have a slightly more interesting and warped colourscheme but this is a much simpler colour scheme that just tells things how they are. It works nicely.
I'd highly recommend giving this a read or watching the movie, both are shot for shot, word for word the same. :)
Highly recommended as either a first read of The Killing Joke or for people who have read the original.