TitleBatman: The Killing Joke – The Deluxe Edition
Artist:Art and Colors – Brian Bolland [h3}Letterer: Richard Starkings
Content:Batman: The Killing Joke is for mature audiences and contains violence, intense situations, brief nudity, and horror elements.
Introduction:This has become one of the ultimate Batman stories to come out of DC Comics. It was a part of the group of comics that came out in the late eighties that helped change the face of the comic book world with the “grim and gritty” style that has become commonplace in the comic books of today. This one shot comic book has influenced creators, filmmakers, and has been hailed as the greatest Joker story to date.
Story:"One Bad Day."
This is the premise behind Batman: The Killing Joke. What would it take to drive a man insane? The Joker, Batman’s long time archenemy longs to find out. His victim? Jim Gordon, Batman’s ally and friend. What happens is a morbid tale that tests a man to his limits, reveals what could be Joker’s origin, and the future of what could be the future for Batman and The Joker.
Review:There’s good reason why this comic book has influenced so many and has stood the test of time in its influence of the DC Universe. The Joker is portrayed here in his most cunning, calculating, and mad self. What we see, however, is insight into a possible origin of The Joker, but as he says himself, “If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!” Even this seems to fit into what makes The Joker who he is, completely unpredictable.
The art is realistic and downright creepy in a few sections. The “evil dwarves” come to mind – Up, up, up! And having seen the comparisons from the original colors to this edition, I felt the washed out tones of the flashback sections helped to make the transitions between the sections more fluid. I felt the also first reveal of The Joker after his transformation had more impact. Overall, it was a good re-imaging.
What can you say about Alan Moore’s writing? Most would say that it is spot on, but Alan Moore himself found flaws with the story later on. I guess it goes to show that many great creators are never finished with their works, even after critical acclaim.