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September 30, 2016

True Believers – The Killing Joke Podcast

by Reggie's Take

The Killing Joke is one of Batman’s most talked about comic of all time and my friends over at the True Believers asked me to be a part of the discussion when it came to the recent animated movie.

The original one-shot of the Killing Joke was published in March of 1988. Written by Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland, The Killing Joke is considered by many to be the definitive Joker story and one of the best Batman comics to have ever been published.

The Killing Joke would also lay the foundation for the mainstream Batman comics to include the shooting and paralysis of Barbara Gordon or better known as “Batgirl” to become the “Oracle”.

The “Killing Joke” comic won the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album in 1989 and would appear on The New York Times Best Seller List in May 2009.

Some critics have had harsh words for the roughly thirty minute prologue dealing with Barbara Gordon as “Batgirl” and her relationship with Batman in the animated movie as a waste and that your better off just skipping it. See what my friends over at the True Believers along with myself thought about the animated movie as we discuss it on their latest Podcast.

 

We take a look at one of the most controversial Batman stories of all time — Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke. You know, the one where Joker paralyses and assaults Batgirl, then physically and mentally tortures Jim Gordon, and finally, shares a chuckle with Batman? You know the one! Anyway, they made a movie based on it, and it’s equally controversial. Well, sit back, and have some fun!

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