Batman: The Killing Joke, Brian Bolland examines this classic (comic-book retrospective).

The Cartoonist Kayfabe duo and Brian Bolland team together to dissect Batman: The Killing Joke. Now that’s a team-up we can get behind!

Batman: The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland, is a classic comic book that delves into the psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime himself, the Joker.

First published in 1988, the graphic novel explores the Joker’s origin story and delves into the concept of madness and the fine line between good and evil. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love a good Joker story? But what sets this comic apart is its dark and mature take on the character, making it a must-read for any Batman fan.

But don’t be fooled by its serious tone. The Killing Joke also has its share of witty and humorous moments. From the Joker’s infamous “one bad day” monologue to Batman’s deadpan response to the Joker’s jokes, it’s a perfect blend of drama and dark humor.

The artwork by Brian Bolland is nothing short of stunning, bringing the Joker’s twisted world to life to make your jaw drop. And let’s not forget, The Killing Joke also features one of the most iconic interpretations of the Joker, cementing his status as one of the greatest villains in comic book history.

So, whether you’re a die-hard Batman fan or just looking for a mind-bending psychological thriller, Batman: The Killing Joke is a must-read. It’s a true classic that will leave you questioning the nature of sanity and morality.


Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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