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
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Dc Comics, Batman, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews Batman

  • Jayson
    (A) 85% | ExtraordinaryNotes: A discomforting, audacious book that compels re-readings and focused, lingering looks at specific pages and panels.
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    “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...
  • Anne
    All it takes is one bad day.This is one of the most iconic comics in the Batman/Joker mythos and arguably has a place as one of the most iconic comics out there period. I think most people will agree that Bolland's visuals are just unbelievable. The expressions on the faces, the body language, even the colors are as close to perfect as you can get.All it takes is one bad day.This is one of the most iconic comics in the Batman/Joker mythos and arg...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lyn
    I asked a GR friend: Marvel or DC?Her response made me think. She said, “Marvel over all. But DC has the better villains.”Whu - ?Well.Yeah, I’ll be damned, I think she’s right.Looking at all of the Marvel villains, I think maybe only Red Skull or Bullseye come close to matching the lunatic force of DC’s lineup. Magneto and Doctor Doom are powerful and bad, but also have some incongruous redeeming qualities. Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, Brai...
  • 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 ...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf 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...
  • Fabian
    The Killing Joke does much more for the iconic symbolism & stylistic edge of the Batman mythology than the serious-as-a-heart attack (overrated) Christopher Nolan films. But I am admittedly really in no position to analyze,* I leave this to the millions and lkegions of fans. The afterward by maestro illustrator**- his representation the most demonic and therefore probably my favorite interpretation of the Joker--is correct when he says that Alan ...
  • 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 bwith…AND 5.5 stars!!! OH…MY…GOD…I thought I knew everything t...
  • 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!
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    The best Batman/Joker story ever! Alan Moore asks the question no one else ever wanted to ask: how much of who the Joker is can be attributed to Batman? How much of who Batman is can be attributed to the Joker? 'Primordial Unity' and the 'tragic birth' of both the Joker and Batman has never been explored more deeply - I think Nietzsche would have liked this story.
  • 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 univer An accurate depiction of wha...
  • Sarah
    Just finished rereading this. It’s still such a cool comic! *Batman voice* "WHERE IS HE?" I can see why this is so popular. The story is great and the illustrations are phenomenal. I love the Joker, he's my favourite batman villain (and possibly my all-time favourite comic/superhero villain too). He is just completely insane and I love it. I love getting backstories so I loved getting to see an adaptation of why the Joker was the way he was. It...
  • 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 th 2.5 stars round...
  • Ahmed Ejaz
    "All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy."--JokerWow! It's good! I liked this comic. I admit I was afraid because I thought it was published in 1988 and the work of graphics wouldn't be good. But at the same time I wanted to know the origin of Joker. In spite of its release date, the graphics were quite good. I enjoyed reading it. The Joker in this one was portrayed better than that in The Man Who Laughs. The origin o...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Batman: The Killing Joke (Batman), Alan Moore, Brian Bolland (Illustrator), Tim Sale (Introduction)Batman: The Killing Joke is a 1988 Comic graphic novel featuring the characters Batman and the Joker written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland. The Killing Joke provides an origin story for the supervillain the Joker, loosely adapted from the 1951 story arc "The Man Behind the Red Hood!". تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 2005 ...
  • Heidi The Reader
    I've decided to explore the world of superhero comics. First on my list, Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore.The story opens on a dark and stormy night. We're heading into Arkham Asylum with Batman. After passing a few famous inmates, we're outside inmate #0801, Name Unknown's cell.A shadowy figure is playing solitaire within the barred room. It's The Joker.By far, one of the creepiest villains of the Batman pantheon."So when you find yourself...
  • F
    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.
  • 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 ...
  • Lenny
    Update 2019: I haven't read this book since I started writing reviews regularly. I reviewed it a long time ago. I will not read it again. I'm sure there are a lot of things to appreciate about this story - I don't even mention the art - but I can't tell you how heartbreaking it was to see Barbara Gordon, the only woman in this book, treated this way. She was also my favorite character growing up. Thankfully she still exists as a character or this...
  • 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...
  • Chad
    I've probably re-read this a half dozen times over the years. It's one of the first "mature" takes on the Batman and Joker dynamic and how they are mirror images of one another. This is one of those iconic comic books that every fan of the medium should read. Alan Moore's Joker is creepy as hell with an evil menace lurking behind his sense of humor that chills you to the bone. Batman is written as a stodgy jerk who has trouble towing the line wit...
  • Ayman Gomaa
    We must ask ourselves why we love the joker
  • Jaya
    "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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Donovan
    Having read this three times now, this story stays with me like a dream. Brian Bolland's artwork is surgical and startling, deserving of study like fine art. Alan Moore's writing is just stunning. The Joker is characterized as psychotic, spontaneous, sharply intelligent, cold-blooded, and yet I have sympathy for him. His story is tragic, and although hyperbolic it remains plausible and inspires pity and sympathy, not pure and absolute hate. Becau...