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The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland - Review

Sunday, February 19, 2017

I signed up to a reading challenge this year in a penpal group I'm in (I still send loads of snail mail!) and one of the categories was to read a graphic novel. I've never, ever read one! I'm not a visual person at all; I much prefer words over pictures. But Lee's into graphic novels so he lent me The Killing Joke, which is considered to be one of the best. It's the Joker's origin story - we see him as a younger man before he went mad.

I found it a struggle to remember to look at the pictures as well as read the words. This was a problem when the action went back in time and I got confused and had to remember to look at the drawings! The ones set in the past were sepia toned as opposed to the present day ones. But I liked the style of the drawings a lot.

I'm not very keen on Batman as a hero because I think he's just like a rich vigilante spoilt brat who does what he likes. I like the Joker though, so it was interesting to read more about him. He made some excellent points about the fine line between sanity and insanity, and between lawfulness and criminality. I liked my first step into graphic novels!

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