The Killing Joke

Episode 1

For the first episode of the Graphic Novel Explorers Club podcast, the gang takes a look at The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland. The story concerns the origin of The Joker. In addition to The Joker’s origin, there is Barbara Gordon’s tragic end to her career as Batgirl.

In this episode we discuss the history of Barbara Gordon becoming Batgirl, then becoming Oracle, only to become 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, if Batman finally broke it off with The Joker; and the art and storytelling of The Killing Joke.

The Killing Joke, Graphic Novel Explorers Club

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Featured music:

Songe d’Automne by Latche Swing

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