Batman: Killing Joke (Hardback)
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Short Description for Batman: Killing Joke When the Joker commits an unspeakable crime, Batman must use all his skill to outwit the crazed criminal. But in the end, how different are the Dark Knight and his quarry?
- Published: 25 April 2008
- Format: Hardback 64 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781845767723 ISBN 10: 1845767721
- Sales rank: 2,638
Reviews for Batman: Killing Joke
I don't like Batman but I do like Alan Moore. That's what persuaded me to read this. Plus it has Brian Bolland doing the artwork and he drew my favourite Judge Dredd so there is some really lovely art. In this edition he also did all the colouring for it and it looks superb. This presents The Joker's origin story which I didn't know.
I find origin stories dangerous as they can mess with characters you love. Hannibal Lecter is dangerous maniac until you read "Hannibal Rising" and he becomes a victim of a difficult childhood. Do you really want to sympathise with the Joker? To understand him?
Alan Moore does his best work when allowed to generate original material such as Watchmen and 2000AD's "Future Shocks." Constraining him with existing characters tempers his anarchic brilliance. But he did what no one else could do and that was make me read a Batman story. I even enjoyed it too. by 365 Graphic Novels
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Batman: The Killing Joke
This is a much hyped Batman story from the pen of Alan Moore, drawn by Brian Bolland and originally coloured by John Higgins.
Personally I felt the story was fine but not as good as The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley which had a more original take on The Joker. This is a good story but not a great story, I don't think Alan Moore is overly taken with it either.
The most annoying thing was the poor joke at the end which let it down, it implied The Joker and Batman shared a moment of humour (and not a good joke at that) after the atrocities The Joker had caused.
Brian Bolland's drawing is impressive as ever although some of his drawings of The Joker makes the character look a bit doe eyed and not as menacing as he should have been.
The colouring by John Higgins really made the images stand out from the page, Mr Higgin's is a much underrated artist and second to none when it comes to colouring.
Unfortunately the new 20th anniversary deluxe edition has Brian Bolland re-colouring the artwork.
I know Mr Bolland didn't like the original colouring but he just hasn't the sense of colour for this kind of job. He's mostly a cover artist and seems unable to maintain interesting colour flow from panel to panel let alone a series of pages, he just isn't adventurous enough with the medium.
The new colouring, albeit clean, lacks any drama, there's no lift to the line work that the original had.
If you buy this graphic novel, buy the original version as the colouring was probably the best thing about it. by Nedunder review