Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke

For the first time the Joker's origin is revealed in this tale of insanity and human perseverance. Looking to prove that any man can be pushed past his breaking point and go mad, the Joker attempts to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. After shooting and permanently paralyzing his daughter Barbara (a.k.a. Batgirl), the Joker kidnaps the commissioner and attacks his mind in...

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Title:Batman: The Killing Joke
Author:Alan Moore
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Batman: The Killing Joke Reviews

  • Anne

    This is one of the most iconic comics in the Batman/Joker mythos and arguably has a place as one of the most iconic comics out there period. I think most people will agree that Bolland's visuals are just unbelievable. The expressions on the faces, the body language, even the colors are as close to perfect as you can get.

    And Moore is at the top of his game here. Wow. Just...wow!

    The ripple effects of what happened here

    created Oracle, but inspired a ton of othe

    This is one of the most iconic comics in the Batman/Joker mythos and arguably has a place as one of the most iconic comics out there period. I think most people will agree that Bolland's visuals are just unbelievable. The expressions on the faces, the body language, even the colors are as close to perfect as you can get.

    And Moore is at the top of his game here. Wow. Just...wow!

    The ripple effects of what happened here

    created Oracle, but inspired a ton of other great storylines.

    I would have thought that a

    story was maybe the stupidest idea ever before reading this, but I think Moore pulled it off beautifully. Mainly because this had such a wonderful hint of madness to it, that it even with the Joker telling you about his past, it

    leaves you wondering if that's

    what happened.

    Highly recommended.

  • Alejandro

    Writer: Alan Moore

    Illustrator: Brian Bolland

    Colorist: John Higgins

    A writer should have balls, and I don’t mean the organic meat sacs, since a female writer is the same entitled to have balls. But if you aren’t confortable with the “male metaphor”, I am confident that you already got that I am talking about writing with courage.

    A writer

    Writer: Alan Moore

    Illustrator: Brian Bolland

    Colorist: John Higgins

    A writer should have balls, and I don’t mean the organic meat sacs, since a female writer is the same entitled to have balls. But if you aren’t confortable with the “male metaphor”, I am confident that you already got that I am talking about writing with courage.

    A writer without courage never will be able to impact the readers.

    Madonna commented many years ago that there is not such thing as bad publicity, that any publicity is good publicity.

    So, fitting that concept into writing, I think that there isn’t such thing as “bad impact”, that any impact is good impact. Since if people talk about a book, about a story, not matter their intention, the story becomes famous, it provokes curiousity, people got aware of it.

    Alan Moore never thought that DC Comics would approve his proposal about this Batman’s story involving the crippling of Barbara Gordon. But it was approved by the editorial staff, and a surprised Alan Moore started to write…

    .

    I am not insensitive, and I can understand why so many people got angry to the nasty stuff that the character of Barbara Gordon suffered in this story. However, sometimes a bad thing happened for a good reason.

    Barbara Gordon was Batgirl. But, to be honest, how much difference can she does as such heroine? She was just yet another bat-costumed crime-fighter and trust me, for Batman, that he’s supposed to be a “lonely crusader”, he has too many bat-costumed crime-fighters around. However, due her awful episode in

    , Barbara Gordon proved her value as character… proved

    .

    Barbara Gordon became a handicapped person, but hardly of disappearing from the pages of comics, she

    into “Oracle”, and as such persona, she turned to be one of the most powerful characters in the DC Universe. From her wheelchair, using her intelligence, hacking skills and information searches, she became a key ally to not only the Bat-family but also the Titans and even the Justice League.

    And then… due social pressure from people that never really understood the value of Barbara Gordon, DC Comics devolved her to be Batgirl again. Yipee, hurray (using Droopy’s voice tone). Yet another bat-costumed throwing-batarangs character again, one of many others. All her courage overcoming a monumental tragedy, just erased.

    And curious that people raged against what Barbara suffered but nobody gave a crap about James Gordon’s own suffering and humiliation, but of course, if you are a heterosexual caucasian man (even if you are an imaginary character reflecting that type of person)… you’re screwed, since nobody will defend your dignity. (and hey, I am a latin man, so since I am part of a “minority” group, if you attack my review, I am in my “right” of accusing you of a racist/ethnic hate act… geez! What a crazy world where we live in!)

    It seems that villains can do all the harm and killing that they wish,

    only if they target heterosexual caucasian men, since it seems that any other type of people in this world is under the label of some “minority” group and therefore, there will be rage riots about it.

    I think that “labels” instead of unite us, they just keep away the distance between each other in this little blue planet. People see me as a heterosexual latin man. And I can’t deny that. That’s what I am in the eyes of society. I born that way…

    …However, I’d prefer to be a “citizen of the world”. But maybe I am crazy, since it looks like everybody else feels confortable under the safety of their particular sex/ethnic labels.

    And call me crazy again, but it seems that in real life, criminals just pick any kind of victim, regardless of their sexual preferences or ethnic origins, just watch the news anyday, so I don’t understand why literature should present politically correct villains only.

    Writers! Don’t lose your courage! It’s not an easy path, but true born writers aren’t meant to travel in safe roads. We, readers, are an unthankful species, we don’t deserve you. However, I hope that you, writers, still being willing to impact us, to make us think, and to provoke us feelings.

    Batman is a cause of order. Joker is a force of chaos. Right?

    Therefore, they are totally different. Right?

    is

    .

    One bad day. That was all they needed to get crazy.

    You may tell me: “Oh! But only Joker is crazy!”. Right. Since disguising as a bat is clearly a sanity’s proof.

    Joker’s origins are unknown (since you can’t trust what you read in this tale about his past, after all, those are the memories of an insane killer), but you can be sure that something bad, something very bad, happened to him, one day, and the following day, he turned to be The Joker.

    Bruce Wayne had a bad day, a very bad day, his parents died in front of him while he was still just a defenseless kid, and the following day, he turned to be The Batman (training could take years, but he was The Batman since that moment).

    The Joker kills people in very theatrical ways.

    The Batman protects people in very theatrical ways.

    Gotham City is in the middle…

    …in the hands of murdering clowns and costumed vigilantes…

    …in the hands of mad men.

    The only one that keeps Gotham City from falling deep into madness?

    James Gordon.

    The Joker will do everything (and I mean

    ) to give to James Gordon, a bad day, a very bad day, and turned him crazy.

    But that’s not the scariest thing…

    …oh, no…

    …that isn’t

    .

    The scariest thing is when two people, supposed to be opposites…

    …they laugh for the same joke.

    Mic drop, and I’m outta here!

  • Ana O

    Brilliant, absolutely loved it! This is the best Batman graphic novel ever written.

    Here we have a collection that includes two of the greatest comic book characters. The Caped Crusader aka Batman and the Clown Prince of Crime aka the Joker. (suck on that Marvel)

    What can I say about Joker? He is my favorite villain of all time. He's the greatest, hands down.

    He's been a constant thorn in Batman's side. Batsy's been trying

    Brilliant, absolutely loved it! This is the best Batman graphic novel ever written.

    Here we have a collection that includes two of the greatest comic book characters. The Caped Crusader aka Batman and the Clown Prince of Crime aka the Joker. (suck on that Marvel)

    What can I say about Joker? He is my favorite villain of all time. He's the greatest, hands down.

    He's been a constant thorn in Batman's side. Batsy's been trying to stop him since like… forever. He tends to brood a lot. Deep thoughts, he's thinking “How can two people hate so much without knowing each other?” So he confronts the Joker and he's completely all, whatever, dude.

    The Joker simply doesn't care, it's all just a game to him.

    I don't like Batman, I love him. He's the world's greatest detective. He's an outstanding martial artist. He's a technology enthusiast. He's the world's broodiest billionaire. Batman wins. Every time. Why? *Christian Bale's gruff growl* Because he's Batman.

    Oh to live in Gotham...

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    MY BLOG:

    I'm sure everyone and their cousin has already read this book, but I haven't so here we go. This is about how the joker turned nutsy cuckoo! He had a good job but left it thinking he could be a stand up comedian and support his wife and unborn baby. Well.... that didn't happen, he apparently wasn't funny --->who knew?

    Then he goes and tries to get some crime job with some idiots

    MY BLOG:

    I'm sure everyone and their cousin has already read this book, but I haven't so here we go. This is about how the joker turned nutsy cuckoo! He had a good job but left it thinking he could be a stand up comedian and support his wife and unborn baby. Well.... that didn't happen, he apparently wasn't funny --->who knew?

    Then he goes and tries to get some crime job with some idiots so he could have the money until he could figure something out. Being out in a warehouse with said "idiots".. he has some stupid mask on, they get chased by security, he falls in some chemical crap and comes out whackadoo. I think it's brilliant.

    Then he goes and shoots batgirl, kidnaps the commissioner and puts him in some freak show at a carnival he bought (or stole). It's just all so freaky and cool! I'm going to leave it at that and close with some awesome graphics! :-)

    My favorite is when they are laughing at his joke in the picture above ↑ :-D

    We are all mad here! Fin

  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    Now this was good, and I mean good. It’s such a simple idea, but so real and powerful. I mean one bad day is all it takes. One push, one snap, one descent into chaos and it’s over. Once you’ve crossed that threshold then things will never be the same again. And the Joker, being the sly and brilliant villain that he is, wants to share the experience with the world.

    Now this was good, and I mean good. It’s such a simple idea, but so real and powerful. I mean one bad day is all it takes. One push, one snap, one descent into chaos and it’s over. Once you’ve crossed that threshold then things will never be the same again. And the Joker, being the sly and brilliant villain that he is, wants to share the experience with the world. He wants to show humanity that they are not that far from him. The first man he wants to reduce is the stalwart Commissioner Gordon. But, I think we all know who is intended victim actually is.

    The Joker was once normal. He had a girlfriend; he had a job, but the world shitted on him somewhat chronic. And like many people he was forced to turn to crime; he was forced to break society's rules in order to survive. That’s where it all began. That first step into the darkness led to many other steps down the road of corruption. It wasn’t long before petty crime turned to murder and butchery. The Joker became ruined and lost himself in his nasty deeds. This is a great origin story, one that fully lives up to the character immense personality. Allan More totally nails it.

    And the ending, it’s all about the ending. The Joker’s personality is infectious. At least, he wants it to be. He’s always tried to bring down the good. He ruined Harvey Dent, and he has always wanted to ruin the bat. And he just may have. The end is suggestive of two things: firstly, Batman strangling the Joker in one final heroic act, there’s some irony in that sentence; secondly, Batman descending to the Jokers level and embracing the insanity of one bad day.

    I'll leave you with this picture and see if you can decide:

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  • Jayson

    | Extraordinary

    A discomforting, audacious book that compels re-readings and focused, lingering looks at specific pages and panels.

  • Jeff

    Should some origin stories be better left untold?

    Comic publishers will embellish the backstory of character more than necessary or drag it out and milk it, or they’ll retcon the character one too many times until the reader doesn’t know which way is up. If there’s a month, a week, a day, a couple of minutes left undocumented in a character’s background, it’ll be fodder for a future story.

    Does the Joker need an origin story?

    Some basic facts are presented here: He was once “normal”. He became a

    Should some origin stories be better left untold?

    Comic publishers will embellish the backstory of character more than necessary or drag it out and milk it, or they’ll retcon the character one too many times until the reader doesn’t know which way is up. If there’s a month, a week, a day, a couple of minutes left undocumented in a character’s background, it’ll be fodder for a future story.

    Does the Joker need an origin story?

    Some basic facts are presented here: He was once “normal”. He became a small time criminal out of necessity. He inadvertently gets dumped into a vat of

    chemicals by Batman. As a result, he goes stark, raving bonkers.

    How much more of the Joker’s backstory do we want to be privy to? Do we need to add the fact that he was a struggling stand-up comedian and had a pregnant wife to the mix? Is sympathy necessary to appreciate and like the character even more?

    The Joker’s persona is established as a homicidal loon, but do we have to be there at square one? Can his “accident” really turn him from an ordinary guy to a criminal mastermind, divorced of all humanity? Can the collective comic reader brain fill in the blanks themselves, leaving something to the imagination and not have it spoon fed to us? Do we need the complete story?

    Back in the ‘80’s, before the ‘90’s when collectors nearly killed off the industry (Psst. Hey mister, you wanna buy a truckload of alternate foil #1 issues of Spider-Man 2099?), comic book creators were expanding the kiddie-geared bounds of storytelling by getting edgy and no one was more on board with the movement to more mature themes than Alan Moore, hence his interest in the Joker’s story.

    This isn’t a Batman book. Bats comes off as weak, conciliatory, a step behind the Joker, his arch-nemesis. Sure I get the oft presented theory that they’re two parts to a whole, ying to the yang, “you complete me”, “let’s stop the madness, because one of us is going to die” yada, yada, yada… Here, Batman is a second banana.

    The Joker even gets the better of Batman in combat! More than once!

    Brian Bolland’s art is exceptional and sells the story far better than Moore’s writing. That said, this a graphic novel that fans of Batman and the super hero genre should check out, if they haven’t done so already. It’s a defining moment in the Batman family legend and a game changer for Barbara Gordon -> Batgirl -> Oracle.

    : This book has some panels that will be burned into your brain for the rest of your life. The Joker shooting Barbara Gordon usually makes top five lists of most memorable comic moments.

    Seeing Commissioner Gordon trussed up naked and led around an abandoned amusement park by creepy, deranged midgets and driven to the edge of insanity is something I’d like to mind wipe.

    “Top of the pile of dolls, Ma!!”

  • Fabian

    The Killing Joke does much more for the iconic symbolism & stylistic edge of the Batman mythology than the serious-as-a-heart attack (overrated) Christopher Nolan films. But I am admittedly really in no position to analyze,* I leave this to the millions and lkegions of fans. The afterward by maestro illustrator**- his representation the most demonic and therefore probably my favorite interpretation of the Joker--is correct when he says that Alan Moore has written better stuff. (Watchmen, Fro

    The Killing Joke does much more for the iconic symbolism & stylistic edge of the Batman mythology than the serious-as-a-heart attack (overrated) Christopher Nolan films. But I am admittedly really in no position to analyze,* I leave this to the millions and lkegions of fans. The afterward by maestro illustrator**- his representation the most demonic and therefore probably my favorite interpretation of the Joker--is correct when he says that Alan Moore has written better stuff. (Watchmen, From Hell, Fashion Beast...)

    * Well, I will say I do have the fondest memories of the fox animated series-the Mad Hatter being my favorite (underutilized) villain.

    ** This cover is probably as iconographic as Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' at this point.

  • Lyn

    I asked a GR friend: Marvel or DC?

    Her response made me think. She said, “Marvel over all. But DC has the better villains.”

    Whu - ?

    Well.

    Yeah, I’ll be damned, I think she’s right.

    Looking at all of the Marvel villains, I think maybe only Red Skull or Bullseye come close to matching the lunatic force of DC’s lineup. Magneto and Doctor Doom are powerful and bad, but also have some incongruous redeeming qualities. Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, Brainiac, Bane, Harley Quinn and all the Batman bad guys headlin

    I asked a GR friend: Marvel or DC?

    Her response made me think. She said, “Marvel over all. But DC has the better villains.”

    Whu - ?

    Well.

    Yeah, I’ll be damned, I think she’s right.

    Looking at all of the Marvel villains, I think maybe only Red Skull or Bullseye come close to matching the lunatic force of DC’s lineup. Magneto and Doctor Doom are powerful and bad, but also have some incongruous redeeming qualities. Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, Brainiac, Bane, Harley Quinn and all the Batman bad guys headlined by The Joker are more nefarious, scarier, and just plain bad.

    I think a cogent argument could be made that The Joker is THE comics villain. He’s evil, insane and damn it all interesting as hell.

    Just as Milton’s most enduringly intriguing player is not God or the Archangels but Satan, DC has in The Joker created an enigma (Sorry Riddler) of a criminal source that defies logic and is simply an opposing force for our heroes, motives and reason be damned. The Joker is a personification of the chaos waiting out in the dark beyond the firelight, and his is a blindly malevolent force. As Michael Caine’s Alfred in the 2008 film The Dark Knight said, “some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

    “All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.”

    In his attempt to madden Gordon and lure Batman to his doom, The Joker also provides a tenuous connection to humanity. Just as Shakespeare’s Richard III is all the more terrible because he is a man, so too is The joker all the more villainous because for all his insanity and bad intent, he is one of us and closer than some Melvillian beast or Lovecraftian old god. In the context of the Batman story, the theatrical irony the reader gets is that Joker and Batman are more alike than they realize, both transformed from what they would have been by a traumatic loss.

    Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s 1988 sympathetic backstory to the Joker’s origin story is a MUST read for Moore fans, Batman devotees and all enthusiasts of the genre. The influence on later comics and even on the films (particularly Tim Burton’s vision) is unmistakable.

    Grim, violent, sometimes difficult to look at, this is nonetheless a graphic novel at the apex of the genus. Moore’s writing is engaging and relentless, Bolland’s art is mesmerizing.

    Highly recommended.

  • Erin

    It causes me no joy to give any comic written by Alan Moore one star, but this is how it has to be. Now, before I write a single word more, let me start with this simple disclaimer: I consider Alan Moore the best writer to have ever worked in comics. There are no qualifiers to that; no qualifications. Moore is unmatched.

    But The Killing Joke? As a Batman book, it's just bad. That isn't to say there's nothing to like here: this book certainly has its moments; some of which are brilliant, in fact.

    It causes me no joy to give any comic written by Alan Moore one star, but this is how it has to be. Now, before I write a single word more, let me start with this simple disclaimer: I consider Alan Moore the best writer to have ever worked in comics. There are no qualifiers to that; no qualifications. Moore is unmatched.

    But The Killing Joke? As a Batman book, it's just bad. That isn't to say there's nothing to like here: this book certainly has its moments; some of which are brilliant, in fact. But as a story, it doesn't work.

    Killing Joke is really two stories told in parallel. It provides an origin for the Joker while simultaneously following him on a scheme to drive Commissioner Gordon insane.

    The origin is largely based on an old issue of Batman from the 50's: "The Man Behind the Red Hood." As much as I appreciate the nod to the past, the Red Hood origin of the Joker is one I could do without. While I am not in favor of attempts to make Batman "realistic," I do feel that some elements should be handled carefully if handled at all.

    And that's really the problem here. Not only did Alan Moore use an absurd origin; he made it more so. In the original, the Red Hood was a hardened criminal before he became the Joker. In this version, he was a comedian having a really bad day.

    I think I understand what Moore was trying to do here. I believe he wanted to create an element of pathos in the Joker's past while playing up the absurdity of the medium.

    But the result felt sloppy. Instead of adding layers to the Joker's personality, it just made him less interesting.

    The real problem with Killing Joke, however, is the other story line. The Joker takes Barbara Gordon by surprise, shooting and paralyzing her. Setting aside my personal objection to crippling one of DC's best (and, at the time, few) female characters, Moore missed a huge opportunity here. Had Oracle’s injury been sustained as Batgirl, the psychological effect on Batman could have been developed in great depth, as he’d have been responsible for placing her in harm’s way. As it was, the story only takes a toll on her father, and that's largely wrapped up by the end of the comic.

    The Joker's motive for all this mayhem, to break Jim Gordon and prove that a bad enough day can drive anyone insane, comes to nothing. In part, he's foiled by Batman, but really he loses because he's wrong: Gordon is strong enough to survive his ordeal.

    In the end, after everything, The Joker's comprehension of the human psyche is wrong. To me, this destroys the character’s credibility. The Joker has no superpowers, but madness is his expertise. For him to set to prove a point about insanity than fail, not due to Batman but rather his own assumptions, weakens him. Even after shooting Barbara, he ends the book less of a threat than he started.

    Now, let's be honest: one star is a harsh rating, and were this book not commonly called "The Greatest Batman Story Ever Told" I'd almost certainly have been more lenient. There are certainly excellent aspects to the writing and the art; aspects that would buy any other book three stars.

    But this isn't any other book. It's one of the most significant Batman stories written, having forever altered the continuity and status of several characters. It's Alan Moore's most famous Batman story.

    And it really isn't that good.

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