One of the bestselling graphic novels of all-time finally gets the Absolute treatment, as BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE is presented in a 30th Anniversary hardcover slipcase edition! Critically acclaimed writer Alan Moore redefined the super-hero with Watchmen and V for Vendetta. In Batman: The Killing Joke, he takes on the origin of comics' greatest super-villain, The Joker--and changes Batman's world forever. Batman: The Killing Joke is Alan Moore's unforgettable meditation on the razor-thin line between sanity and insanity, heroism and villainy, comedy and tragedy. According to the grinning engine of madness and mayhem known as The Joker, that's all that separates the sane from the psychotic. Freed once again from the confines of Arkham Asylum, he's out to prove his deranged point. And he's going to use Gotham City's top cop, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and his brilliant and beautiful daughter Barbara to do it. Now Batman must race to stop his archnemesis before his reign of terror claims two of the Dark Knight's closest friends. Can he finally put an end to the cycle of bloodlust and lunacy that links these two iconic foes before it leads to its fatal conclusion? And as the horrifying origin of the Clown Prince of Crime is finally revealed, will the thin line that separates Batman's nobility and The Joker's insanity snap once and for all? Absolute Batman: The Killing Joke collects Batman: The Killing Joke and stories from Batman: Black and White #4, Countdown #31, Who's Who in the DC Universe #13, with bonus material that includes Brian Bolland's new colouring from the Deluxe Edition, the original John Higgins colouring, all 128 pages of the script that has never been published before, Brian Bolland's Joker covers and sketches, previously unpublished Bolland Batman/Joker sketches and more!
...a genuinely chilling portrayal of Batman's greatest foe. --Booklist
Easily the greatest Joker story ever told, Batman: The Killing Joke is also one of Alan Moore's finest works. --IGN
"I loved The Killing Joke...It's my favorite. It's the first comic I've ever loved." --Tim Burton
About the Author
Alan Moore is perhaps the most acclaimed writer in the graphic story medium, having garnered countless awards for works such as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell, Miracleman and Swamp Thing. He is also the mastermind behind the America's Best Comics line, through which he has created (along with many talented illustrators) The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea, Tom Strong, Tomorrow Stories and Top 10. As one of the medium's most important innovators since the early 1980s, Moore has influenced an entire generation of comics creators, and his work continues to inspire an ever-growing audience. Moore resides in central England.