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PostSubject: The Killing Joke   Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:56 am

Just finished reading the Killing Joke. I had no clue what this book was about. The only thing I knew was that Barbara Gordon was crippled by the Joker. So as I was reading and figured that this was a Joker origin story I was pretty apprehensive BUT... was told very well. I really loved how it showed the Joker from being a normal guy wanting to take care of his family to clearly becoming insane when falling into the acid, realizing he has nothing to lose anymore.

I bought the hardcover deluxe edition: mistake. The real ending of the story was great. But they just HAD to add an alternative to it on this one and it made it awful. So ASIDE from that last part the book was very very good. Probably one of my favorite now. Between the Killing Joke and The Long Halloween.


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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:57 am

there are only two words that can sum up the greatness of this modern classic: Alan Moore
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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:17 am

'The Killing Joke' is one of my all time favourite Batman stories. May I interest you in 'Gotham by Gaslight' next? Smile


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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:01 pm

I would love Alan Moore to explain why he wrote the ending he did. He's even gone on record saying he screwed the whole book up with the ending. I just couldn't see it happening, not after what The Joker had done to Barbara. So I've never understood the ending to a book that otherwise I love.

Perhaps I'll pick up the hardcover to check out the alternative ending.
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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:53 pm

AndrewT wrote:
'The Killing Joke' is one of my all time favourite Batman stories. May I interest you in 'Gotham by Gaslight' next? Smile


It's on my to buy list.
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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:59 pm


@scarygarrey

I bought the old edition a few years back. I won't be getting the new eedition because I like the old coloring more than the new one. So could you please reveal the alternate ending? thanks in advance.
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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:22 am

Check your inbox, badsoul.
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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:42 am

I didn't relaise there was an alternative ending? I'm not sure which one I've actually read now?

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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:58 pm

The deluxe edition has Alan Moore talking after the last panel in the book. He's explaining how he always was asked about the ending and then it segways into his take on what the ending was with a few more pages. I like the obscure ending that he already had. I wish he hadn't messed with it.
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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:58 pm

Hey, guys.I am the newest Gotham citizen,and I must say,this is amazing site, I found it just few days ago.I am huge Batman fan since I first time watched Burtons Batman,I was only seven years old back then.Well,this is pretty much off topic,so I will return on the subject.The killing Joke is next comic on my to buy list.I heard it is fantastic story of Jokers origin.
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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:48 pm

This is still on my reading list...I should get on that.

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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:33 pm

One of the very few Graphic Novels since Knightfall that I haven't read yet!
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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:43 pm

Boozad wrote:
I would love Alan Moore to explain why he wrote the ending he did. He's even gone on record saying he screwed the whole book up with the ending. I just couldn't see it happening, not after what The Joker had done to Barbara. So I've never understood the ending to a book that otherwise I love.

Perhaps I'll pick up the hardcover to check out the alternative ending.

If you pick up the hardcover edition there is this little blurb in the back explaining the ending but he only has a certain amount of words to write it and he goes on tangents talking about other things and then once he gets down to it he "runs out of room" and it gets cut off.
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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:41 am

badsoul wrote:
there are only two words that can sum up the greatness of this modern classic: Over Rated

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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:26 am

Mittens2317 wrote:
badsoul wrote:
there are only two words that can sum up the greatness of this modern classic: Over Rated

/fixed

Interesting, I haven't red it yet but I've NEVER heard anyone say they didn't like it.

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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:00 pm

Alan Moore himself thinks its overrated.
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PostSubject: Re: The Killing Joke   Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:47 pm

Oh, ok, didn't get the reference haha.

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