Wednesday, July 31, 2013

the killing joke

batman: the killing joke
alan moore & brian bolland
graphic novel
dc comics
deluxe edition published 2008

One bad day.

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 revealed, will the thin line that separates Batman's nobility and The Joker's insanity snap once and for all?

Arguably the most famous Batman story of all time.  Joker's origins, Barbara's fate and the battle that rages on and on between Batman & Joker.

There is sympathy to be had for the Joker.  His flashbacks revealing what happened in his life before he became a cartoon version of himself.  But of course, the Joker is still the Joker and his atrocities are legend, especially here.

A definite must read for the Batman fan.

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