Saturday of (Comic) Book Reviewing – Batman: The Killing Joke

“…Madness is the emergency exit…”

I think part of being a good writer is being a good reader. And a part of being a good reader means reading a plethora of different medias and styles and genres. Also: Batman is the uberawesome. Hence, another random review of something I recently read! This time it is Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bollard published back in ’88.

Once more using Goodreads as the home of all my mini reviews, I scribbled down the following:

‘So Mark Twain said this: “But who prays for Satan? Who in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most, our one fellow and brother who most needed a friend yet had not a single one…” And reading this book reminded me that he did. The Joker is infinitely frightening and explosively entertaining and wildly charismatic in various measures, but amongst that blend very rarely does the reader find in him a truly sympathetic character. Here may be the first time I have.
Of course, that’s not to say I don’t still love that Batman caught him. Hell, in my darker moments, I honestly believe good ole Bats should off him, but for once, and probably never again, I paused to reflect on The Joker’s ill fate and what could be if he accepted Batman’s olive branch. This read is iconic and I’m glad I finally got to enjoy it cover to cover.’

“If I have to have a past, then I prefer it to be multiple choice.”

So yes. I enjoyed this book. Have you read it? Did you love it or find it utterly repulsive? Was it unrelatable or have you too had your one bad day?

Jessie Gutierrez

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