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DC Comics novels - Batman: The Killing Joke (Paperback)
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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.
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."
“an outstanding expansion of the graphic novel...Think of it as an intimate literary offering akin to novelizations of feature films wherein we're gifted with added layers of detail and emotional depth” - SyFy
“a good read...the well-written prose provides another venue for fans of DC Comics to get their fix for their favorite characters. - Borg.com
"A very engaging book from start to finish that not only explores the world of Batman but is a successful re-imagining of a classic Dark Knight story that doesn’t stray too far from the primary themes but rather, pays homage and builds upon this." - Impulse Gamer
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