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The Killing Joke

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Adapting what may be the most popular of graphic novels, by the edgy Hard Case Crime author, adding layers and exploring the nature of morality.

A tragic, unnamed engineer-turned-criminal is immersed in chemicals that disfigure him bizarrely, driving him mad and thus giving birth to the Joker. While the insane criminal is imprisoned, Batman and Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) pa
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Titan Books (UK)
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Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
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Let’s get it out of the way. The Killing Joke by Alan Moore is one of my all-time favourite graphic novels ever. I had no doubt it would blow my mind before even diving into it, but once I did, I spent months raving about its greatness left and right, whether people wanted to hear about it or not. It sparked my love for comic books and it showed me that the medium is not a joke and is capable of exquisite story-telling under the right hands (wri
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I never read novelization of movie et novelization of comic because I don't think this is a good «creativity process» and don,t really believe in the result. I decided to make an exception of this one, The Killing Joke (comic) being so damn good I have to try this one. I should have stick to my original mind. This wasn't good. The writing was not bad, but far from bringing something more to the comic, which I though should have been the strongest element, the story was already good in the comic, ...more
(ZanyAnomaly) Sai Ram
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, books-i-own
Loved it! It follows the exact storyline of the graphic novel but adds a lot to it to make it a more emotionally rounding tale.

Review to come soon!
Thanks to the Bloomsbury India for providing me with a review copy!
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I read The Killing Joke earlier this week most of which I read in a single night. My boyfriend absolutely loves The Killing Joke graphic novel. He's a huge batman fan. I on the other hand have never read any graphic novels and have been wanting to get into them. One thing I hate about graphic novels is that it's confusing on the order in which to read the speech and thought bubbles. That's why this book is so cool. It allows you to read the same content in
John Wheeles
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m old enough to have experienced both Batman comics and the Batman TV show. This isn’t that Batman! First, and foremost, the star of this novel is the Joker. Did I say novel? Yes, a novel, no illustrations just a full on well developed story. Keep them coming, comic book characters graduating to grown up book characters might just help youth rediscover libraries!

This is a violent story, but the same can be said for comics, just no graphic illustrations. Nudity? Yes, some, but just in words an
Eva Viktória "Evel"
Nov 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dc-comics, meh
What a way to ruin a perfectly fine story.
Why, people? Why?!
Oct 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is pretty much a waste of time. The new storyline that is added does little for the story and some of the liberties the author takes ruins the feel of the original graphic novel. Just read the original Killing Joke, not this.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting novelization. I have yet to read the ‘graphic novel,’ so it would be interesting to compare that story to this one. Apparently it has some additional material in it that is not included in the graphic novel; also, from what I read (in the Note from the Authors and other reviews), it expands on some stuff and explains other stuff in the graphic novel, too. It does have some interesting character development in it, overall. I cannot quite decide how much “character developm ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
All it takes is just one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy.

Batman - The Killing Joke
This is by far one of the greatest Batman stories ever told.
Alan Moore gave DC fans what they secretly wanted, a definitive Joker Origin story with a killer twist at the end. He also managed to change the status quo of the Batman family, removing Batgirl from the chess board and introducing someone more formidable that would become the eyes and ears of the DC Universe, The Oracle.
Coming into this
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Killing Joke really made me think back to the animated Batman show I watched with my brother when we were kids. Really looking back it was a serious enough cartoon, I sometimes watch old episodes, particularly Joker and Harley focused ones, quality watching! The book really highlights the relationship Batman and Joker have, and it is that, a relationship (makes me think of a line from Harry Potter “Neither can live while the other survives”) as Batman says it will end with them killing each ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
TITLE: The Killing Joke: A Batman Novel

AUTHOR: Christa Faust & Gary Phillips

GENRE: Mystery

PAGES: 336

Unless you have been living under a rock, or suffered some kind of accident that kept you in a coma for the last thirty one years, you will have heard of The Killing Joke, a graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. This graphic novel took the world by storm and was an instant success. For some, this was the pinnacle of the Batman/Joker relationship. The graphic novel ran just over sixty
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I'm the first to admit that I'm a big fan of DC, but haven't read a huge amount of the comics. I've read quite a few of the more famous plotlines, watched a large amount of the shows/movies, and played a lot of the games. Out of all of DC, Batman was always my favourite franchise (I grew up with Batman: The Animated Series). I've never read the Killing Joke graphic novel (but knew the key points, and was keen to read it), so when the novel came out, I decided to give it a go. I wasn't disappoint ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars I've never read a Batman novel before, so when I saw this novelization of the graphic novel, I decided to give it a try. I've read the graphic novel, which itself is fairly short, so I wondered how a novel would work. The result is a mixed bag. The core of the graphic novel is here, fleshed out a bit more. There is a lot of small side plots with characters who pop up and then disappear. Easter eggs are sprinkled all over. There is also a weird obsession with the beginnings of the inter ...more
Stacie Boren
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Killing Joke by Christa Faust and Gary Phillips. This is typical Batman/Joker with female characters only being used as pawns in a game to help thugs gain ground. I only even mention that point because some readers feel objectifying women is a no read for them. Other than that it is filled with cool gadgets, awesome machine works, and muscle cars with writing that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Harley Quinn has ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
I had really high hopes in this one - first because look at that amazing cover! and second because The Killing Joke is just one of THE Comics everone should know!
Therefore I was really excited for a novelisation but it just left me hanging on every points.
The story is not completely the same as in the comic, which didn't bother me but it just feels written so old. The writing is just confusing and overly dramatic, so detailled that I got bored with all that stuff that didn't interest me.
A few sc
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Killing Joke -- And Then Some

Being familiar with both Christa Faust and Gary Phillips, I was really excited when this adaptation was announced a few months back. I knew their gritty, noir style of storytelling was perfect for the world of Batman. THE KILLING JOKE faithfully follows the original 1988 graphic novel, while also expanding it with more story. The additional characters and storylines really helped flesh out Gotham city as a character, introducing many sordid characters to show the
Megan Mahony
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Revisiting a 30-year old classic comic in a novel format was a thankless task even before DCAnimation ruined the film by making Batman hook up with Batgirl. Yeck.

I was really pleased that DC picked a crime novelist over a sci-fi author, it added the needed grit to allow you to suspend disbelief and take the material seriously. Shoehorning in a few bits of technological foreshadowing was clunky, but not nearly as bad as it could be. Oh! Also, the characters swear. Makes sense the Clown Prince of
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked Mad Love a little more, but that may be because I went into it with less information. That said, this was still really good. Getting more story, more background, but still having that core of what The Killing Joke is was nice. It took me a little while to get okay with all the build up, but that was impatience on my part. I knew what was coming and was antsy waiting to get there, even though I ended up appreciating the depth. This book is worth the read.
Jenn Marshall
There were a couple of small things added that I wish were not changed because I feel like it changed the meaning of the original comic. But for the most part I liked this story a lot. Most of the book was not the comic, but I feel like the extra stories fit into the overall world better then the stories from the animated movie did. I'm glad I gave it a chance and I'm excited to read the others.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the story where Batgirl was involved. Much better than what they did with her in the movie, not as disjointed, but still felt not as integrated. Still felt like two separate stories, this is why I’m taking away a star. It was even more horrifying than the comic, in a good way. Overall I enjoyed it and was extremely uncomfortable when you should be uncomfortable!
Mark Hollywood
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book! Just like the comic, you see joker as a man before becoming the best villain in the DC universe! So much detail and well written. I suggest for anyone who loved the comic of the same name!
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has read the graphic novel knows just how amazing The Killing Joke is.There is really nothing i can say that hasn't already been said.However i will add this if you want a even more thorough telling of this iconic storyline look no further then this book.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I hadn't read the graphic novel so quite enjoyed this story actually. Some of the characters were a little sloppy but the stories were decent enough to keep me reading. 2.5 stars
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, own
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
2/3s is this is backstory.
John Waldum
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having never read the comic, I feel this was a good adaptation. Quick read. Enjoyed very much.
Alexander Dove
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
It was an interesting retelling.
Daniel DeLappe
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fantastic book. Great story. The writing was tight and the story pace was perfect
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Christa Faust is an American author who writes original novels, as well as novelizations and media tie-ins.
“She had to do something. Anything. She had to focus, think, fight. She wasn’t anybody’s point to prove. She was fucking Batgirl. Her body was broken and her mind jagged and fractured by trauma, but she was still alive, and she wasn’t going down without a fight.” 0 likes
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