A short but thoughtful bullet point review of The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland.
- The plot is based partly on Joker struggling with poverty as a failed comedian, desperate to provide for his pregnant wife.
- Themes: Madness. A Single Bad Day.
- Batman’s attempt to repair his toxic relationship with Joker before it results in any of their deaths. Bruce was sincere in his reasoning and tenacious to the end.
- Disturbing imagery. Psychological themes. Blood. Death. It’s certainly not fit for those that are easily disturbed.
- A vintage feel to it with muted colors and realistic, grainy illustrations.
- Dramatic shots achieved through excellent use of panel spreads and capitalization of certain phrases.
- The Killing Joke. Dry, dark humor at its finest with Joker’s use of acidic sarcasm, violence … and madness.
I leave you with this final line from the Joker (which happens to be a favorite of mine)
“Ladies and Gentlemen! You’ve read about it in the newspaper! Now, shudder as you observe, before your very eyes, that most rare and tragic of nature’s mistakes! I give you… the average man!”— Joker, The Killing Joke
What’s your takeaway on comic books? So many folks are convinced that manga or a graphic novel just can’t be considered a book. In my opinion, anything that can tell a great and captivating story should be considered for its value.
Thank you for reading. I would love to hear your thoughts!