The Killing Joke

Episode 1

For the first episode of the Graphic Novel Explorers Club, we are discussing The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland.

In this episode we discuss the history of Barbara Gordon becoming Batgirl, becoming Oracle, to becoming Batgirl again; how Alan Moore used the previous origin of The Joker to write the new origin of The Joker; Frances’s love of Katie Holmes; will Batman/Bruce Wayne ever be allowed to grow up; a theory that maybe The Joker isn’t as good in bed as we hope; the sexual assault of Barbara Gordon by The Joker; did The Killing Joke use the Woman in the Fridge trope, and if Batman finally broke it off with The Joker.

Thank you for listening our first episode of Graphic Novel Explorers Club. Please share your opinions and thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, or at The next episode will be up 2 weeks from today. We will be reading and discussing Ghost World by Daniel Clowes. We embedded a link to Amazon but encourage you to shop at your local comic book store to purchase any of the graphic novels we will be reading during Season 1 of Graphic Novel Explorers Club.

Featured music:

Tonight Will Be Fine (Leonard Cohen cover) by The Walkmen

Songe d’Automne by Latche Swing


2 thoughts on “The Killing Joke

  1. So I’ve only read the ’88 version. I read it recently before I gave it to a coworker to read before he saw the movie ( I haven’t seen the movie ). Adte reading it with old fart eyes I’d have to agree with Dennis: I didn’t care for it. I us to be a Batman maniac in the early 90s during the Knightfall story line, and started consuming back issues. Like most 14 year olds I became obsessed with the Frank Miller Batman. Now that I’m older Miller’s stories don’t cut it for me. Why Dan Snyder worships at Miller’s alter is beyond me, and don’t get me started how Snyder bastardized Watchmen. I digress. Salon had a great article about Grant Morrison’s run:

    I read some of the ‘Son of Batman’ and it’s great. Look forward to the next episode. I’ll get my fat ass to A1 and pick up ‘Ghostworld.’

    1. I think I can speak for all three of us when I say we share your opinion. And if you dislike the comic, the animated movie is even worse. – Johnny

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