Hello folks it's #dcmonday and I present you again a comic from my collection: "Batman: The Killing Joke" by Alan Moore and illustrations by Brian Bolland. The story was first published in March 1988 and won the Eisner Award for 'Best Graphic Album' in 1989. The Killing Joke is the definitive Joker story and provides his origin story. I have the hardcover deluxe edition from 2008 with a recoloring and an introduction by Tim Sale.
The story takes place over two timelines. In one timeline it tells the origin of the Joker, as a tragic character - a family man, failed comedian who suffered "one bad day" that finally drove him insane. The other timeline of the Killing Joke plays in the present. It depicts the Joker attempting to drive Jim Gordon insane and Batman's desperate attempt to stop him.
In my point of view it is the best Joker story of all time and my favorite Batman tale. I like Moore's image that, psychologically, Batman and the Joker are mirror images of each other and both are creations of one random and tragic bad day. The torments that the Joker puts Commissioner Gordon through are meant to serve as proof that there is something buried deep within each lunatic, a nugget of insanity, that is simply waiting for the right moment to spring forth. The comic book delves deeper in order to present Batman's own psychology - that he is, in his own way, just as insane as the Joker, and that he and the Joker perceive the world according to differing points of view, with the Joker's interpreted through a joke. Finally the shooting and paralysis of Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) is an exceptional and bleak comicbook moment, which affected me deeply.
So, what do you think about The Killing Joke?
Next Monday I will present you "Batman: Haunted Knight" by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.
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