Top positive review
Perhaps the Best Edition Yet
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2016
The Killing Joke is considered the quintessential Joker story, providing insight into what drives the Joker, a deeper look at his relationship with Batman, and (perhaps) an origin story for him. It was written by Alan Moore, writer of perhaps the greatest graphic novel of all time: Watchmen. (He also wrote V for Vendetta, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, Lost Girls, an issue of American Splendor with Harvey Pekar, an historic run on Swamp Thing, and much, much more – [...]
NOTE: There is more than one version of this tale:
#1 – the original Batman: the Killing Joke (1988).
#2 – the Deluxe Edition (2008). This is probably the most common one at this point. While Brian Bolland drew the 48-page story, it was colored by John Higgins. Dissatisfied with the results, Bolland re-colored the entire story, including taking the color out of the flashback sequences completely, rendering those pages black and white (with one character in red). This edition also prints Bolland’s black and white story “An Innocent Guy,” now presented in color, as well as an introduction by Tim Sale, and an epilogue by Bolland.
(For a side-by-side comparison of these two editions, go here: [...])
#3 – Batman Noir: the Killing Joke (2016). This edition was released August 9, 2016, and it may be the best one yet. It presents both stories from the Deluxe Edition in stark black and white (but not the introduction or epilogue). The black and white gives the story a very different feel – a somewhat timeless feel – and that can only be a good thing considering the importance of this story in the comics canon. This edition also includes a series of covers Bolland has drawn for Batman, also presented in black and white.