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The Killing Joke

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"Faced with overwhelming poverty and a pregnant wife, a tragic, struggling comedian is forced to turn to crime. In his first heist, he is immersed in toxic chemicals that disfigure him bizarrely, driving him mad and thus giving birth to The Joker. For years, the Clown Prince of Crime has been caught in a dance of violence with his greatest nemesis, the Batman. Escaping Arkham Asylum, he plots his most lethal caper. This will be the ultimate punch line ... his killing joke. In their mission to protect Gotham City, Batman and Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) pursue ruthless criminals such as the grandiose Maxie Zeus and Antonio "Python" Palmares. Simultaneously, Commissioner James Gordon and Detective Harvey Bullock take on a cartel distributing the latest designer drug--"giggle sniff," derived from a venom created by The Joker"--|cProvided by publisher.
Publisher: 2018/09/25
London : Titan Books, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781785658105
Branch Call Number: FAUST
Characteristics: 297 pages ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Killing joke


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Apr 05, 2021

I haven't read this novel, but I wanted to add to user wingertjd's comment. Batman: the Killing Joke originally was a highly acclaimed 1988 graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland. The Gwinnett Public Library has it and I highly recommend it. An animated film version of it was later developed, and that's probably the "cartoon" described by user wingertjd. The film itself was not as widely acclaimed as the graphic novel, so start with the graphic novel first!

Apr 02, 2021

I was very disappointed in Christa Faust’s “Batman: The Killing Joke”. It is a novelization of the cartoon by the same name. I had hoped the novel would add more depth to the story, one of the few Batman cartoons I’ve seen. I do not feel that was achieved. I found it to be just the cartoon in writing, just as choppy and disconnected. I suggest you skip this and watch the cartoon. It gets no stars from me.


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