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Batman: The Killing Joke Deluxe Edition

March 28, 2008 - Amy Phelps
Much like "Director's Cut" movies, graphic novels also get a similiar treatment, of adding little extra "bonus features" and "restoring" the artwork. DC Comics has the done same for the classic story, "Batman: The Killing Joke" written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland for its 20th anniversary, turning it into a hardcover book and updating the colors.

For those that haven't read this story, the Joker breaks out of Arkham again, but this time turns his wrath on Commissioner Gordon and his daughter, Barbara. In between the main story is flashbacks to an orgin story for the Joker, done in black and whites with only bits of red, a very interesting artistic concept. But has the Joker gone too far this time? Is this the time that Batman finally puts the fight to rest? The story itself is probably one of the best Batman stories ever - taking the mythos and the eternal fight between Batman and the Joker and amping it up with twists of insanity and tragedy.

But what about extras? Tim Sale provides and introduction and artist Bolland provides an afterword, talking more about the creation of the book. Also included is a short story written and illustrated by Bolland. He also provides files of "behind the scenes" look at sketches from the work and his inspirations. All and all, decent extras for an iconic story.

"Batman: The Killing Joke" is published by DC Comics. It is $17.99.


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