Batman: The Killing Joke

by Alan Moore
Category: "Graphic Story"
Year of Publication:1988
Date Added:07/23/2014
Date Read:10/17/2015
Notes:The Joker escapes from Arkham Asylum. He shows up at Commissioner Gordon's house, shoots his daughter Barbara and takes the Commissioner to a deserted amusement park and attempts to drive him crazy. Batman rescues the Commissioner and tries to reason with the Joker. The story ends ambiguously with Batman saying he doesn't want to kill the criminal. The story is interwoven with the Joker's origin story in which he is a failed comedian trying to provide for his pregnant wife. He gets involved with the mob on a heist and falls into a vat of chemicals while fleeing Batman on the same day that his wife is killed in a freak accident.
My Rating: 6

Reviews for Batman: The Killing Joke

Review - Batman: The Killing Joke

The ambiguous ending is, I suppose, supposed to make me think, but it just rendered the story pointless. The art wasn't bad. The story got rather crude in a couple places.
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