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Review: Batman The Killing Joke

  • Title: Batman The Killing Joke
  • Writer: Alan Moore
  • Art & color: Brian Bolland
  • Hardback
  • Published:
  • Genre(s): graphic novel
  • My Rating:

One bad day.

According to the grinning engine of madness and mayhem known as The Joker, that’s all that seperatesthe sane from the psychotic.  Freed once again from the confies of Arkham Asylum, he’s out to prove his deranged point.

*All opinions are my own.

*May contains spoilers.

I have been a bibliophile since I was a little girl, but over the last decade I have been becoming more of a comic book fangirl.  I find that as a whole I prefer DC comics over Marvel, but will read any that interest me.  Batman was a comic book character that I was familiar with prior to reading comics and I found myself drawn to characters in his universe at the beginning.  I have always found The Joker to be entertaining, so when I discovered his origin story I just had to read it.

As far as I am aware Joker has never had his own comic. He has shown up in Batman comics for a long time and now he also makes appearances in Harley Quinn comics because of their previous relationship.

I really enjoyed this graphic novel because it shows that there was once a human side to Joker and that it was a combination of events that turned him into the cynical villain that everyone knows and enjoys.

Had this graphic novel been Jokers debut into the comic book world I think I would have been disappointed by the idea of his character, but because his maniacal personality is so well established I could really enjoy seeing how much loss can change a person when they let it.

If you have any knowledge of Batman and Joker (whether through comic books or movies) I think you will enjoy this graphic novel.  But please do not watch “The Killing Joke” movie.  Although it has its good qualities, it changed parts as well as added unnecessary parts that in my opinion ruin what the creaters of the graphic novel were trying to say.

Happy reading!!




I was a bibliophile before I learned the alphabet. From an early age I have used books to relieve the pressures of reality. I was I teenager before I appreciated the learning power of books. Now, as an adult, I read books for both learning and relaxation.

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