Batman by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland
The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.
 

About Alan Moore & Brian Bolland

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Eddie Campbell was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has a bachelor's degree from USC Annenberg School of Communication and USC School of Cinema-Television. His background is in art direction for both TV and film, creative direction, and graphic design. Alan Moore is widely considered to be the greatest comic book writer of all time. With over thirty years dedicated to the medium, his body of work includes Watchmen (the best-selling graphic novel in history), From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Neonomicon, Swamp Thing, Tom Strong, Promethea, V for Vendetta, and Lost Girls, just to name a few. Avatar Press has published numerous Moore projects in recent years, including his seminal guide to graphic storytelling, Writing for Comics.
 
Published December 23, 2014 by DC Comics. 64 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Another theme Moore tackled in The Killing Joke is the “folded” story dynamic that Person of Interest did in “Matsya Nyaya” and that writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV now tackle in the Batman Annual 2012, “First Snow”.

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Tulsa World

SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't read Batman No.

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Fantasy Literature

Batman: Snow is a trade collecting a story arc originally published in 2005 in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (issues 192-196).

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Geeks of Doom

Killing Joke joins other classic Batman stories such as Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One in being adapted into feature-length animated form.

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The point of the tale is to highlight the subtle difference between the Joker and Batman, but in its telling, it's about Gordon's utterly unflinching character and the Joker's attempt to break him.

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It keeps "Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne" from being as simple as, "Wait for Bruce to get to the 21st century and call it a day."

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