DC Comics novels - Batman: The Killing Joke

DC Comics novels - Batman: The Killing Joke

by Christa Faust, Gary Phillips

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Adapting what may be the most popular of graphic novels, by the edgy Hard Case Crime author, adding layers and exploring the nature of morality.

Faced with overwhelming poverty and a pregnant wife, a tragic, struggling comedian is forced to turn to crime. In his first heist, he is immersed in toxic chemicals that disfigure him bizarrely, driving him mad and thus giving birth to The Joker.

For years, the Clown Prince of Crime has been caught in a dance of violence with his greatest nemesis, the Batman. Escaping Arkham Asylum, he plots his most lethal caper. This will be the ultimate punch line... his KILLING JOKE.

In their mission to protect Gotham City, Batman and Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) pursue ruthless criminals such as the grandiose Maxie Zeus and Antonio "Python" Palmares. Simultaneously, Commissioner James Gordon and Detective Harvey Bullock take on a cartel distributing the latest designer drug--"giggle sniff," derived from a venom created by The Joker.

This rapid-fire sequence of events spirals together to threaten Batman's closest friends and allies, and locks the two eternal foes in their ultimate death match.

Copyright © 2017 DC Comics. BATMAN, THE JOKER, THE KILLING JOKE and all related characters and elements © & TM DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785658112
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 327,290
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Christa Faust is an author of hardboiled crime novels, including Choke Hold, Money Shot and Hoodtown. She has also written comics and a wide variety of media tie ins such as the award-winning novelization of Snakes on a Plane.

Gary Phillips has published crime fiction novels such as Warlord of Willow Ridge and Violent Spring, set in post '92 civil unrest L.A. He has edited several anthologies including the well-received The Obama Inheritance; and published more than 60 short stories in collections ranging from Jewish Noir to Black Pulp II.

Together, Faust and Phillips co-wrote the graphic novel Peepland which thefandompost.com called, "A damn near perfect comic, hardboiled in all the right ways."

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The Killing Joke 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TITLE: The Killing Joke: A Batman Novel AUTHOR: Christa Faust & Gary Phillips GENRE: Mystery PAGES: 336 Unless you have been living under a rock, or suffered some kind of accident that kept you in a coma for the last thirty one years, you will have heard of The Killing Joke, a graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. This graphic novel took the world by storm and was an instant success. For some, this was the pinnacle of the Batman/Joker relationship. The graphic novel ran just over sixty pages and you hung off of every word. Fast forward to 2018 and someone somewhere decided to turn graphic novels into prose novels. In this case, it was a mistake. Christa Faust and Gary Phillips took a story and added things to it that did not require and addition. It felt like they added thigs here and there from Batman lore, the movie THE KILLING JOKE (based on the graphic novel), and threw some of their own mojo into it. The end result was a book that felt disjointed and at time disconnected from the original story. Yes it was a Batman story. Yes, it featured the best of the graphic novel. But in the end it was not enough to save this book. 2 bookmarks out of 5