The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale
If The Long Halloween left you wanting more Batman, try these next…
The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Jansen & Lynn Varley for an older Bruce Wayne bringing Batman out of retirement
The Killing Joke by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland to explore the nature of the relationship between Batman and Joker
Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison & Dave McKean for a dark, horrific alternate vision of the Dark Knight.
A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin, Jim Aparo & Mike Decarlo for a Batman dealing with the guilt of losing his partner
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Circa 1988 - Alan Moore’s and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke
The most celebrated Joker Story of all time (and asked for graphic novel in the history of our company) is now available on comiXology along with more collections from DC and Vertigo today.
This is the unforgettable event that forever changed Batman’s world, adding a new element of darkness with its unflinching portrayal of The Joker’s twisted psyche. Writer Alan Moore, offers his take on the disturbing relationship between The Dark Knight and his greatest foe. The Clown Prince of Crime has never been more ruthless than in this brutal tale.
Crimes, Cruelty, and Chaos: An Introduction To Villainy
Part One: The Joker
The Joker: One of the most well known, reviled, beloved, and feared miscreants of all time. What better place to kick off our course on villains than with a quick rundown of a few of the most important stories featuring the Clown Prince of Crime?
- Batman (1940-2011) #1- The first appearance of the Joker written and drawn by the legendary Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson. The Joker was originally meant to be a one-time-use character, but was brought back later by popular demand. This is not the maniacal, theatrical Joker that exists today but grim, noir-ish, figure with a dark sense of humor.
- Batman (1940-2011) #251 - Creators Denny O’Neil and Neil Adams officially crowned The Joker the “Clown Prince of Crime” in his first modern day appearance right here. The perfect antithesis of The Batman – a pale yet colorful madman out to be the last one laughing as the world burns to ash around him – here we meet The Joker the world would come to know and ultimately fear for generations to come. That signature playing card still sends a shiver down the spine.
- Batman (2011-) #13 - 17 - The Joker’s twisted campaign of gruesome horror shook the house of Wayne to it’s very foundations in Death of the Family. A literally faceless enemy obsessed with tormenting Batman and those around him no matter the cost. Whose reign of terror was left unfinished rather than played out. As if simply waiting in the shadows to strike at the heart of gotham once more. Here fans got a Joker re-invented for the New 52. Gone is the cheap purple suit and simple sight gags. Replaced with a menacing agent of chaos out for one final face off (see what we did there?) with Batman, where the stakes have never been higher.
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