Because my library didn't have the early issues of Y: The Last Man, I decided to read some Batman graphic novels instead. I love the movies, but I don't know the story outside of them very much. The first one I picked up was The Killing Joke, because I've heard that it's one of the best. Here's what I thought:
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The artwork was really good, especially on the Joker. Delightfully disturbing.
My two gripes (and they are major ones) are:
1. The Joker gets a back story. Remember the movies are the only Batman stories I know well, but one of the things that I loved about the Joker was that he didn't have a back story. He isn't misunderstood or a tragic figure. He's evil, something that Bruce Wayne doesn't know how to deal with. Evil tends to be a dirty word in fiction and it's not hard to see why, but I thought The Dark Knight pulled it off. It had a villain with no motivation (other than to "watch the world burn") and no discernible origin. He had sob stories, yes, but they couldn't all be true. I always assumed that the Joker was mocking the idea of villains always having an event that made them they way they are. In here we get the idea that the Joker does this, because he doesn't remember the event (and, we the reader, now know the event... ugh). The Joker in TDK (or at least my interpretation of him) was bold. An evil character with no motivation or origin can not work. But he does.
2. This is just personal preference and it's no fault of the story, but I didn't like the ending. I wanted Batman to win. The ending pretty much went against everything I stand for so, while I can respect The Killing Joke as a work of art, I can't say I like it.
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Where the waves grow sweet,
Doubt not, Reepicheep,
To find all you seek,
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