Best of Batman Comics
I recently contributed to a piece on Lost in the Multiplex looking at the best Batman graphic novels and how we would translate them into a movie. I went for Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s legendary take on the Joker’s origins, The Killing Joke.
Arguably the definitive Joker story in the Bat-canon, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke is a classic one-shot Batman graphic novel which charts the origins of the Joker’s madness and explores what can happen to both good and bad people after having ‘one bad day’. In Moore’s disturbing vision of the Clown Prince of Crime’s descent into madness, the Joker starts out as an unnamed worker at a chemical plant who quits his job to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. After failing miserably, he becomes desperate to support his pregnant wife and so takes a job with some unsavoury characters, acting as their guide when they break into the chemical plant where he once worked. Tragedy strikes however when he learns from the police that his wife has died in a household accident. His criminal employers are unmoved by his awful misfortune though and refuse to let him drop out of the break in.
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Lost In The Multiplex : Best of Batman Comics