Monday, October 29, 2012

Visual: The Killing Joke

From ChinaCat Sunflower, the best girl ever, this is the best birthday gift ever: The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland. I've already written a review about the graphic novel, but now, I own it. This deluxe edition features an introduction by Tim Sale (one of my all-time favourite Batman artists), and has an entirely new colour palette by the original penciller, Brian Bolland. In the original, John Higgins' colour scheme is very bright and fantastical. Bolland's colouring takes an entirely different direction, coming off as cold and sterile as Arkham Asylum itself. It's quite interesting to see how two artists can approach the same source material in completely different ways, and I still haven't decided which colouring I prefer.

The Killing Joke is more than just your average comic book, this piece of art practically defines the term 'graphic novel', with memorable and disturbing animation and universal themes about the fragility of human sanity and how far good and evil really are from each other. Sure, there may be more practical gifts, but this here masterpiece is the reason why I have birthdays.

Photographs taken by Chessterr Hollowberry.

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