Saturday, March 30, 2013

Batman The Killing Joke

Written by: Alan Moore

First line: There were these two guys in a lunatic asylum.

Why you should read this book: In this dark and unusual modern classic, Batman tries to reason with the Joker, in order to prevent their feud from ending in death, but the Joker is, of course, completely insane, and already deeply embroiled in a convoluted plot to drive Commissioner Gordon mad as well. There are some super-creepy circus freaks, a disturbing origin story, and a number of surprising and frightening moments of humanity for the Joker. True to the spirit of the Batman series as well as the author's reputation, it's a surgical psychological examination of an unresolvable struggle between the brooding protagonist and his long-time, painfully mirthful antagonist.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're just on the edge of insanity yourself.

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