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The Killing Joke (Hardcover)

Author:  Alan/ Bolland Moore Illustrator:  Brian Bolland
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1401216676
ISBN-13: 9781401216672
Sku: 206221167
Publish Date: 3/19/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 11H x 7.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  64
Age Range:  20 to 21
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[After 21 panels without narration or dialog, we see Batman and the Joker in a prison cell. The Joker's playing solitaire...]:||"There were these two guys in a lunatic asylum.. [FNAP (the sound of cards shuffling)]||Batman: Hello. I came to talk.||Joker: [FNAP]||Batman: I've been thinking lately about you and me. About what's going to happen to us in the end. We're going to kill each other aren't we?||Joker: [FNAP]" (from the first line)
The acclaimed author of "V for Vendetta" offers his take on the disturbing relationship between The Dark Knight and The Joker, in this special 20th anniversary deluxe edition.
From the Publisher:
Freed once again from Arkham Asylum, The Joker threatens Gotham's top cop, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and his beautiful daughter, and the origin of the Clown Prince of Crime reveals the thin line that separates Batman's nobility and The Joker's insanity.
In this now infamous Batman tale, Alan Moore--who also crafted WATCHMEN and V FOR VENDETTA--paints a painfully psychotic portrayal of one of the Dark Knight's most formidable enemies. The Joker has always been a loose canon, but he is at his most psychologically vicious and senselessly violent in THE KILLING JOKE. Throughout the story flashbacks gradually reveal bits of his back story. Bolland offers rich, new coloring to the often trippy scenarios in this 20th-anniversary hardback re-release of this classic Batman originally published in 1988. The volume also includes Bolland's story "An Innocent Guy" as an afterward.
Author Bio
Alan Moore
The wild-haired and temperamental British comic-book writer Alan Moore is something of a god in the comic-book world. Moore's stories teem with literary references, complex symbolic imagery, and complicated characters. His Watchmen series from 1986 became an instant classic of the genre; the series tackled issues of nuclear war and the Soviet Union, explored the psychological underpinnings of people's desire to dress up as superheroes, and brought a new level of sophistication to the typically adolescent art of the superhero story. Numerous movie adaptations have been made of Moore's complex graphic novels, including V FOR VENDETTA, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, and FROM HELL, though he has subsequently denounced all the films as inadequate and refuses to allow his work to be filmed again. ||After being expelled from school in the 1960s for dealing acid, Moore turned to underground comics as an outlet for his multitudinous interests in the supernatural, society, and sex. In 1983 DC Comics gave Moore the reins to SWAMP THING, an extremely minor title in the DC Universe about a monstrous living force of nature. Moore infused the title with his lyric voice, and used the story to philosophize on issues of environmentalism, man and nature, and the complex gothic horror of the Florida wilderness. After SWAMP THING, Moore would go on to bring his unique vision to other comic titles, revitalizing both BATMAN and SUPERMAN. After WATCHMEN, Moore broke with the comic-book establishment, and published most of his work with independent publishers, who were eager to attract his rabid fan-base. Moore consistently revolutionizes the comic genre, taking on such diverse topics as Jack the Ripper and a world where everyone has superpowers. His latest work is a pornographic comic that he has been collaborating with his romantic partner Melinda Gebbie; it follows the sexual exploits of Alice Liddell, Dorothy Gale, and Wendy Darling from the famous children's books ALICE IN WONDERLAND, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and PETER PAN.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   16
Product attributePublisher:   DC Comics
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