Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Batman: The Killing Joke (Deluxe Edition)

Batman: The Killing Joke is an influential one-shot superhero graphic novel written by Alan Moore, drawn by Brian Bolland, and published by DC Comics in 1988. It has in its original form continuously been held in print since then. It has also been reprinted as part of the DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore-trade paperback

The story would affect the mainstream Batman continuity in that it features the shooting and crippling of Barbara Gordon by the Joker, an event which would lead her to adopt the role and identity of Oracle, a vital source of information for Batman and other superheroes.

In 2008 DC Comics reprinted the story in a deluxe hardcover edition. This Deluxe Edition features new coloring by Brian Bolland, meant to illustrate his original intentions for the book, with more somber, realistic, and subdued colors than the intensely-colored original.

Download Batman: The Killing Joke (Deluxe Edition)


This new edition ($17.99) is of note for the top-notch packaging as well as Bolland's re-coloring (see the differences between new and old right here). I'm sure there are those who hate the changes simply because it's different, but the new colors really do improve the book, giving it a subtlety and grimness not present in the original.

4 comments:

vengeance is mine said...

i have the hard cover edition of this one... pretty nice

and...thx for the / gimme more swampthing :)

Robert said...

Great stuff. Own this edition now, but I'll probably be picking up the DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore now too. Thanks for the links.

Adam Black said...

I lent this comic to a friend almost 20 years ago, and never got it back. Thanks for reminding me to grab a new copy!

All-Negro Comics said...

How come there are no god damned black people in these comic books?

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