Batman by Alan Moore


For the first time the Joker's origin is revealed in this tale of insanity and human perseverance. Looking to prove that any man can be pushed past his breaking point and go mad, the Joker attempts to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. After shooting and permanently paralyzing his daughter Barbara (a.k.a. Batgirl), the Joker kidnaps the commissioner and attacks his mind in hopes of breaking the man. But refusing to give up, Gordon maintains his sa...

Details Batman

Release DateDec 1st, 1995
PublisherDC Comics
Number of pages50 pages
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Dc Comics, Batman, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Comics, Superheroes, Mystery, Crime, Fantasy, Comic Book

Reviews Batman

  • Erin
    It causes me no joy to give any comic written by Alan Moore one star, but this is how it has to be. Now, before I write a single word more, let me start with this simple disclaimer: I consider Alan Moore the best writer to have ever worked in comics. There are no qualifiers to that; no qualifications. Moore is unmatched.But The Killing Joke? As a Batman book, it's just bad. That isn't to say there's nothing to like here: this book certainly has i...
  • Ana
    "If I have to have a past, then I prefer it to be multiple choice." Brilliant, absolutely loved it! This is the best Batman graphic novel ever written. Here we have a collection that includes two of the greatest comic book characters. The Caped Crusader aka Batman and the Clown Prince of Crime aka the Joker. (suck on that Marvel)What can I say about Joker? He is my favorite villain of all time. He's the greatest, hands down. He's been a const...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    الجوكر تقريبا من اكتر الأشرار اللي فاقت شعبيتهم شخصية البطل "السوبرهيرو" نفسهولو مش عارف ايه الكاريزما اللي وصلته لكدة...لازم تشوف الحكاية القصيرة العبقرية ديالعمل الفني ده، كوميكس مستقل -لا يتبع أعداد سلسلة- بيعرض وجهة نظر شخصيتين متناقضتيناتنين ...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    “All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.”Now this was good, and I mean good. It’s such a simple idea, but so real and powerful. I mean one bad day is all it takes. One push, one snap, one descent into chaos and it’s over. Once you’ve crossed that threshold then things will never be the same again. And the Joker, being the sly and brilliant villa...
  • Alejandro
    A truly masterpiece of the comic books! This is a prestige format stand-alone story.Creative Team:Writer: Alan MooreIllustrator: Brian BollandColorist: John Higgins HAVE COURAGE Nothing’s going to be the same… …not ever again. A writer should have balls, and I don’t mean the organic meat sacs, since a female writer is the same entitled to have balls. But if you aren’t confortable with the “male metaphor”, I am confident that you al...
  • Ronyell
    5.5 stars!!! OH…MY…GOD…I thought I knew everything there was to know about the Joker, one of Batman’s greatest foes. But after reading “Batman: The Killing Joke” and how the Joker was portrayed in this book, the Joker has officially become one of the most VILE, TWISTED, DARK and most DISTURBING villain I have ever come face to face with…AND I LOVED IT! Being brilliantly written by Alan Moore and being masterfully illustrated by Bria...
  • Jeff
    Should some origin stories be better left untold? Comic publishers will embellish the backstory of character more than necessary or drag it out and milk it, or they’ll retcon the character one too many times until the reader doesn’t know which way is up. If there’s a month, a week, a day, a couple of minutes left undocumented in a character’s background, it’ll be fodder for a future story.Does the Joker need an origin story? Some basic ...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    One of the classic and most brutal Joker vs Batman graphic novels, The Killing Joke is a Batman classic and should be considered one of the essential canonical books in the genre. The Joker is as sinister and terrifying as ever and Batman is pushed to his limits and beyond. A fantastic fast-moving and beautifully drawn epic!
  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    An accurate depiction of what these 45 minutes felt like:Nolan's movies are the reason I got hooked into the world of Batman. Not only did they become some of my favourite films of all time, but they also gave me one of my favourite villains of all time: The Joker.And I figured it was about damn time I took a leap into where it all actually began– the comics.There's no doubt that this green-haired madman is universally hailed as perhaps the bes...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListOMG! THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME! THE STORY LINE! THE GRAPHICS ARE FREAKING AMAZING!I'm sure everyone and their cousin has already read this book, but I haven't so here we go. This is about how the joker turned nutsy cuckoo! He had a good job but left it thinking he could be a stand up comedian and support his wife and unborn baby. Well.... that didn't happen, he apparently wasn't funny --->who knew?Then he goes an...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2.5 stars rounded up.This book was much better than "The Watchmen" to me. I may just not be a fan of Alan Moore's writing.I mean it has this guy! and I still didn't fan-girl over it.It was an okay book for me though. You get the origins of the Joker..who I think is one of the best villains ever. It's a dark one though for those of you who don't like dark. Barbara Gordan (aka-Batgirl) gets shot by the joker and he doesn't stop there. He pulls out ...
  • Dan Schwent
    I'm probably risking a lynching from the fanboy mob but I liked this a whole lot more than the other well-regarded bat-book, The Dark Knight Returns. It nicely illustrates the Batman/Joker dynamic as well as highlights their similarities. Joker seemed like a psychopath rather than the buffoon he was normally portrayed as at the time. Shooting *spoiler* in the spine and taking pictures in order to try to break *spoiler*. Awesome. My favorite part ...
  • Scarlet Cameo
    English review at the bottom¿Que puedo decir de esta historia que no se haya dicho ya? ¿Qué es un obra maestra? Lo es, el dialogo es increíble, la deconstrucción del Joker también, pocas historias nos han mostrado tantas capas de este personaje ¿Porqué? Fácil, tenemos su parte más vulnerable, una que pocas veces se había explotado, también tenemos al clásico Joker,al que, como diría Alfred, "Quiere ver arder al mundo"...pero hay otr...
  • Foad
    نويسندهآلن مور، توی دنیای داستان مصور، یکی از نویسنده های افسانه ایه و از روی چندتا از کمیک هاش، فیلم ساخته شده (از جمله: وی مثل وندتا، واچمن، انجمن نجیب زادگان عجیب). مشابه کاری که کریستوفر نولان با فیلم های ابرقهرمانی انجام داد (و اونها رو یه مرحله ...
  • Mario
    So when you find yourself locked onto an unpleasant train of thought, heading for the places in your past where the screaming is unbearable, remember there's always madness. Madness is the emergency exit.Since the animated movie is coming out soon, I decided to finally read this graphic novel. And I'm so glad I did. Joker has always been my favorite batman villain and it was nice to finally get some backstory on his character. And despite the gre...
  • ᒎᗩᎩᗩ
    "All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy.Thats's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day." Absolutely brilliant
  • Frankie
    I know nothing about Batman (apart from seeing the Christian Bale films)I know nothing about Marvell or comic books or superheros in general but i loved this comic! My first ever graphic read.
  • Lenette
    By now, Killing Joke is a book you have to read if you want to cover all the Batman "classics." And while the Joker/Batman matchup might be the greatest hero/villain matchup of all time, why this is considered a classic is beyond me. It's poorly written, offensive and violent towards women, and betrays the integrity of one character in particular.Let's admit it--Moore can't write women. At all. (For more evidence, read Watchmen.) I don't know him...
  • Will M.
    While Joker is one of my favorite villains of all time, this graphic novel didn't amaze me. It isn't the perfect backstory that I was expecting. I read this because the animated movie is about to be released soon and I wanted to read the graphic novel first. I'm hoping that the animated movie would be a lot better than this. It might just be coincidental though and my mood could've affected my enjoyment. I might be doing a reread of this in the n...
  • Stephen
    5.0 stars. With all due respect to the iconic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, this, in my opinion, is the BEST Batman graphic novel ever written. This was the best portrayal of the brutality of the Joker I have ever seen and also the best depiction of the complicated (and you could say twisted) relationship between Batman and the Joker. Truly an epic piece of fiction. Highest Possible Recommendation!!!
  • Sam Quixote
    Batman goes to Arkham Asylum on a fool's errand - to try and talk sense to the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker. But Joker's not there! He's escaped and plans on destroying the Gordon family. Will the Dark Knight save them? Or will Joker have the last laugh...First off, this is an acknowledged classic and I utterly loved it when I read it several years ago. Re-reading it now, I can say this book most definitely holds up, this is a classic Batman ...
  • Andrew
    I'm piling suggestions about Batman's books (for friends here and outside), so I can recover the years I lost.In this story, there we have a classical clash between Batman and his greatness nemesis: Joker.Joker is escaped from jail to prove a simple concept: every man, even the most common, can live a day that will change his life, pushing him to the borderers of madness. Every good man can lost his mind. For reach this goal, he use commissioner ...
  • Sonja - Badass Wanderer
    "So why can't you see the funny side? Why aren't you laughing?" Christopher Nolan's Joker is my favourite villain of all time; so naturally I had to read this!The artwork is amazing! Once in a while I just paused to admire the beauty of it. LOOK AT THIS. LOOK AT IT. It's perfect.I really enjoyed reading this! I was saddened when I saw how thin the graphic novel was; I knew that I was going to want more. And after reading this I do want more!! It ...
  • Sarah AlObaid
    This was my first Batman comic. Absolutely loved it. The art was breathtaking. The story was phenomenal. The dialogues were priceless. Alan Moree and Brian Bolland are total geniuses.
  • Jeannette Nikolova
    Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. I will go in two directions with this review:I. The Killing Joke on its own.II. The Killing Joke as a Batman book.I.For me, the most spectacular thing about The Killing Joke was the art. It's mesmerizing and beautiful, despite how long a time has passed since the book was created. The illustrations greatly support the entire story, they are spooky, disturbing and masterful. I especially liked the close u...
  • Tosh
    Through out my life I have been a borderline Joker obsessive. Even when I was a little tot I had a thing for the Joker. And what got me excited about the first Tim Burton 'Batman' was actually the Joker. No Joker, not so much into Batman.So yes I do spend some time on YouTube locating images of the new 'Heath' Joker (which looks great) and it is really a great American invention. I think the image of the Joker will go on and on - maybe beyond Bat...
  • Brad
    When I read this back in 1988, while everyone was still wetting themselves over Frank Miller's Dark Knight concept from 1986, I was wetting myself over Alan Moore's one-shot bit of Joker genius, Batman The Killing Joke.I read it numerous times during the nineties, then put it away (my reading copy nestled next to my mint, Mylar-bagged, first edition) and kept hold of my memories. For me Killing Joke was much more interesting than Dark Knight beca...
  • Chris
    I wasn't going to do this one as an official entry - it's so quick to read that it feels like I'm padding the list. But the more I thought about it, the more I felt I wanted to talk about it, and so it goes on the List.This was originally published twenty years ago, and is still one of the most popular and well-regarded Batman stories ever. Between them, Moore and Bolland - a master writer and a master artist - gave Batman and his prime antagonis...
  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    The Killing Joke is really disturbing, no matter how much I love the Clown Prince of Crime. And I agree with him. One bad day can definitely make you go mad.Too bad the animation didn't live up to the comic.
  • Rachel the Book Harlot
    I purchased Batman: The Killing Joke on kind of a whim. I had been perusing graphic novels on Amazon thanks to a friend on Booklikes (*waves to Grim*) who inspired me with her Deadpool posts. I guess Amazon's recommendation system picked up on my newfound interest in graphic novels, so this lovely gem appeared in my email as a rec. The cover screamed, "buy me! buy me!", and the story synopsis sounded intriguing so I thought, why not? "There were...