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Batman by Alan Moore
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Jun 02, 2010

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Read on June 01, 2010

"The Killing Joke" is one of the most influential comics in history, finally giving us an origin for the Joker and showing just how dangerous and deadly the never-ending battle between the Joker and the Batman can be.

The Joker escapes from Arkyham Asylum once again. This time, he heads to Gordon's apartment where he shoots his daughter Barbara and kidnaps Gordon. Barbara is paralyzed and Gordon is taken to a deserted carnival grounds where the Joker humiliates him and tries to show that every person has their breaking point after which they will choose madness rather than face reality. Batman is sent an invitation to come to the party.

In just 48 pages, Moore gives us a fascinating insight into the Joker and what made him the way he is. He also explores the dichotomy of these two nemesis and helps influence every interpretation of the Joker done since that time. There are giants in the comic book industry and this is deservedly one of them.
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