Batman: The Killing Joke


Picked it up!

The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland is a Joker origins story published in 1988 that has remained in print ever since. It is considered to be one of the best if not the best Batman comic book of all time. This graphic novel provides storylines than has laid the groundwork for Batman continuity in many plotlines there after. It set precedence for Barbara Gordon’s “Oracle” and the Under the Hood story line. Even Heath Ledger’s iconic portrayal of the Joker was heavily influenced by the psychological nuance seen in his varied narration of how he became disfigured.

As a villain, The Joker is equally as iconic as Batman is a hero. His archaic genius rivals Batman’s righteous sense of self defined justice. Batman aims to inspire strength and human decency as he believes even without organized law enforcement we can remain humane because we have the choice to do so. The Joker believes that the natural state of humans is chaos and ultimately violence. With a little push, we’re all equally (for a lack of a better term) fucked up. This dynamic gives both characters depth and complexity. The twisted relationship always spoke to me as a work of art. Although I’ve done countless research on Batman lore, watched Batman: The Animated Series, and most of the DC Animated Original Movies, I have yet to read any of the original material.

Well, I finally got around to picking this up and I’m done writing what I should be reading. Time to get my nerd on :mrgreen:


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