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Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, March 19, 2008
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The art is outstanding, the storytelling superb, and the character examinations are vital to understanding both combatants. The "one bad day" premise highlights the "two sides of the same coin" argument that Batman and Joker are in fact more alike than dissimilar. As if Bruce Wayne took a right when his arch-nemesis took a left. The controversial ending leaves little doubt as to Alan Moore's take on the debate, and I like it like that. While many critics have strongly resisted both the comparison and the somewhat sympathetic look at The Joker's past, the truth is that every great character -villain or hero- needs that sort of intricacy to their story to remain relevant in the world of modern fiction. Comics are no longer for children and adults realize that the world is seldom black and white, that all monsters were once men, and that unspeakable darkness and insanity resides deep inside each human mind.Read more ›
It's nice to see The Killing Joke in hardcover and in a bigger page format. The crisp line work of Brian Bolland shines even more on a wider, longer page. His legendary hatching and feathering technique deserves the industry version of "widescreen". This is where my compliments on this edition mainly lie. The recoloring brings out a very different response in me.
The recoloring by penciller Brian Bolland for this edition was a mistake. Gone are the atmospheric tints and lighting effects from John Higgins. Gone are great effects like raindrops on The Joker's shoulder when he appears in the story for the first time. Gone is an important component of the story that stood along Moore's script and Bolland's fine penciling as something that made The Killing Joke a visual tale to be remembered by Batman and comic book fans alike.
Bolland's recoloring job for the most part looks like he turned white lights onto every scene set in the story's present narrative and therefore effectively kills the disturbing mood that Higgins colors had substantially helped inject into the story. Instead of the original presence of emotion and horror, this version takes on some visual blandness. The scene between Alfred and Batman in the Batcave loses its somber tone. The attack on Barbara Gordon loses some of the terror of the original. Where has the strong mood of this story gone DC? I can see adjusting the intensity of Higgins original color palette to some degree like the method they chose with his coloring when they released an Absolute Version of Watchmen.Read more ›
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This is one of my favorite Batman graphic novels! Such a wonderful read, with such great imagery and even a few laughs.Published 9 hours ago by Beaux Anthony Bare
The best comic series hands down. The story is so twisted and wonderfully written. This is a must read for anyone who is a true Batman/Joker fan that is looking for something that... Read morePublished 19 hours ago by sf61
first comic book i've ever read and now i'm obsessed. i highly recommend this!Published 1 day ago by reid dupre
This is the epitome of the disturbance the Joker brings, I love this comic!Published 3 days ago by Mike
I won't get into the story except to say that it's one of the better ones, and that any Batman / Joker fan (and anyone else who enjoys good stories) should definitely read it if... Read morePublished 4 days ago by KELLY COLVARD-WALTER