Batman: Killing Joke (英語) ハードカバー – Special Edition, 2008/3/19
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Presented for the first time with stark, stunning new coloring by Bolland, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE is Alan Moore's unforgettable meditation on the razor-thin line between sanity and insanity, heroism and villainy, comedy and tragedy.
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 finally revealed, will the thin line that separates Batman's nobility and The Joker's insanity snap once and for all?
Legendary writer Alan Moore redefined the super-hero with WATCHMEN and V FOR VENDETTA. In BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, he takes on the origin of comics' greatest super-villain, The Joker —and changes Batman's world forever.
Stunningly illustrated, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, THE DELUXE EDITION has been lushly re-colored by artist Brian Bolland, presenting his original vision of this modern classic for the first time.
"Easily the greatest Joker story ever told, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE is also one of Alan Moore's finest works. If you've read it before, go back and read it again. You owe it to yourself."—IGN
"...a genuinely chilling portrayal of Batman's greatest foe."—Booklist
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NOTE: There is more than one version of this tale:
#1 – the original Batman: the Killing Joke (1988).
#2 – the Deluxe Edition (2008). This is probably the most common one at this point. While Brian Bolland drew the 48-page story, it was colored by John Higgins. Dissatisfied with the results, Bolland re-colored the entire story, including taking the color out of the flashback sequences completely, rendering those pages black and white (with one character in red). This edition also prints Bolland’s black and white story “An Innocent Guy,” now presented in color, as well as an introduction by Tim Sale, and an epilogue by Bolland.
(For a side-by-side comparison of these two editions, go here: [...])
#3 – Batman Noir: the Killing Joke (2016). This edition was released August 9, 2016, and it may be the best one yet. It presents both stories from the Deluxe Edition in stark black and white (but not the introduction or epilogue). The black and white gives the story a very different feel – a somewhat timeless feel – and that can only be a good thing considering the importance of this story in the comics canon. This edition also includes a series of covers Bolland has drawn for Batman, also presented in black and white.
The print is amazing, with vibrant, dark colors and artstyle, and exactly how it was originally portrayed. The hardcover, under the sleeve, is embossed and quite nice. The binding is immaculate, and much easier to preserve than a comic book - you can read this without worrying about wrecking it. The jacket art is, in my opinion, one of the selling points, as it starts quite the conversation if guests see it sitting out.
I'm glad I purchased it, and would be willing to do so again if something happened to the copy I own. I've included some photos of the quality construction of the book. Obviously, as with any story, whether you like it or not is up to you, but the quality of the product itself is unquestionable.
I love Batman. Doesn't matter where he is. Nolan movies? Arkham series? Comics? They're all awesome, so of course I was gonna love Batman in this story too. The joker is also a stand out character obviously. I hate to love the joker because he's that awesomely terrible. It's amazing. This story isn't so much about Batman fighting bad guys as it is about proving the joker wrong. "All it takes is one bad day." Well does it? Batman (and Gordon) are pushed to their limits as they not only try to stop the joker, but prove him wrong. By the end of the story, you wonder who TRULY won that night. I won't give any spoilers, but the ending does make you wonder. You see what I mean? It's psychologically complex and disturbing. It really makes worry about the outcome of ALL the characters. One thing I liked from another comic, Batman: Hush, was the use of other DC characters to progress the story, but I really liked how The Killing Joke told another amazing story with less character in less pages. I also really like that short story after the end of the main story. I'm glad it was there.
There really isn't all that much bad. I mean I would have loved for it to be longer, but I still enjoyed it for what it is. That's really my only complaint. It just a little too short, and I wanted to keep on reading.
I don't know if it's the greatest graphic novel of all time, but I loved it and I think everyone else who reads it will love it too. I mean I read the whole thing is one sitting in less than an hour. I literally could not put the book down. BUT! There's a lot of very disturbing moments in the story, so know what you're getting yourself into. I mean the animated movie adaption for this book is rated R!
The artwork is top notch, ink is amazing, Bolland does a great job with expressions, allowing the characterizations really shine through the pictures. Also did a great job with making the body language add to the story. I also loved the little details in some of the panels, like little story in the background of the bar scene in one of the flashbacks. My one VERY MINOR complaint would be that I wish joker was drawn with a little bit more grittiness to him. But that's just me, and don't get me wrong, some of his pictures have an absolutely incredible amount of depth, you can just see layer after layer of the character.
The writing is as good as it gets. Joker gets a couple of "monologues", I just can't even describe them, they just blew my mind. The amount of insight Moore gives us into the joker trough the writing, wow, what a talented writer. Also, thanks to Heath Ledgers (rip) incredible performance, I read his lines in heath's voice, and it just came alive.
This book is an absolute gem, Bolland and Moore play off one another to absolute perfection, one of the best comics I've ever read. I highly suggest it, if ur contemplating gettin it or not, or ur about $10 short on the free shipping, my advice is just get it. Really sets the standard in superhero comics.