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Monday, March 31, 2008

"Batman: The Killing Joke" revisited


DC sent me a copy of its 20th anniversary deluxe edition of “Batman: The Killing Joke.” Wow, 20 years. If you already own “The Killing Joke,” I don’t know that the deluxe edition is worth picking up: The extras include new coloring by artist Brian Bolland, the story “An Innocent Man” from “Batman: Black and White” and an introduction by artist Tim Sale. On the other hand, if you don’t own “The Killing Joke,” you should. Alan Moore’s take on the origin of the Joker and the effects of "one bad day" is a riveting read (though I never accepted Batman and the Joker sharing a laugh at the end), and one that has had significant impact on continuity ever since, such as the crippling of Barbara Gordon. And Bolland’s art shouldn’t be missed.

1 Comments:

Blogger tomztoyz said...

I really love this book ( the old version ) but I'm not too excited about the new coloring. They also removed the "yellow oval bat-symbol". It seems that DC Comics "pulled a George Lucas", ha ha!

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