Batman The Killing Joke Special Ed HC
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Batman The Killing Joke Special Ed HC

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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? Legendary writer Alan Moore redefined the super-hero with WATCHMEN and V FOR VENDETTA. In BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, he takes on the origin of comics' greatest super-villain, The Joker --and changes Batman's world forever. Stunningly illustrated, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, THE DELUXE EDITION has been lushly re-colored by artist Brian Bolland, presenting his original vision of this modern classic for the first time.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 186 x 282 x 12mm | 439.99g
  • DC Comics
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Deluxe ed.
  • comics
  • 1401216676
  • 9781401216672
  • 833

Review quote

"Easily the greatest Joker story ever told, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE is also one of Alan Moore's finest works. If you've read it before, go back and read it again. You owe it to yourself."--IGN ..".a genuinely chilling portrayal of Batman's greatest foe."--Booklistshow more

About Alan Moore

Alan Moore is perhaps the most acclaimed writer in the graphic story medium, having garnered countless awards for works such as WATCHMEN, V FOR 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.show more

Review Text

The acclaimed author of "V for Vendetta" offers his take on the disturbing relationship between The Dark Knight and The Joker, in this special 20th anniversary deluxe edition.show more

Rating details

126,172 ratings
4.36 out of 5 stars
5 55% (69,037)
4 31% (38,777)
3 12% (14,620)
2 2% (2,816)
1 1% (922)

Our customer reviews

Initially, I had bought this book for my Barbara Gordon collection (does that make me a sadist?) but in reading it you come to truly understand the complicated nature that is the Joker. As someone who was not interested in the Joker or even Batman for that matter, I was surprised by how engaging this once. At times you may even find yourself feeling conflicted about your view towards this villain. One thing about the book itself, and I don't know if this was done on purpose to mess with people, but the outer cover for the book is upside down when combined with the actual book itself. It's a rather odd printing error/joke.show more
by Chi
Alan Moore offers a dark story focused on a scheme devised by the joker to get at commissioner Gordon and Batman intends to stop him. Alan Moore shows us the dark nature of the joker and why he truly is the sickest and most feared of the villains. However, Moore also offers insight into what drove a man into being the pale skinned monster that now remains in Arkham city. Great mature story that is twisted and is one of Alan Moore's greatest works. Contains fantastic artwork and unforgettable characters.show more
by Thomas Brewer
I will be the first to admit that I have never really gone much on comics. I never grew up near a comic book store and so always relied on regular novels and children stories. However, I recently was introduced to the world of graphic novels and I haven't left yet. It's sad that this art form has such a poor reputation amongst the mass reading community; almost as if these are not legitimate forms of literature. They are so much more than this: they wonderfully combine the world of visual arts with the written word to produce a unique medium. Alan Moore takes the character of the Joker and provides some dark insight into his deranged perspective. The Killing Joke removes the veil of camp kitsch storytelling and delves into the darkness that is Gotham City and its Dark Knight. Even though the story is brief, it reveals so much about these characters. If you've never delved into the comic world, this is the perfect entree. Sharp writing and polished, detailed imagery. Take the plunge into Gotham's underbelly and don't look back.show more
by H.
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