Monday, April 19, 2010

Batman: The Killing Joke

See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum... and one night... one night they decide they don’t like living in an asylum any more. They decide they’re going to escape! So like they get up on to the roof, and there, just across the narrow gap, they see the rooftops of the town, stretching away in moon light... stretching away to freedom. Now the first guy he jumps right across with no problem. But his friend, his friend daren't make the leap. Y'see he's afraid of falling... So then the first guy has an idea. He says "Hey! I have my flash light with me. I will shine it across the gap between the buildings. You can walk across the beam and join me." But the second guy just shakes his head. He says... he says "What do you think I am, crazy? You would turn it off when I was half way across." 
In Batman: The Killing Joke, this is what the Joker tells Batman after refusing assistance to changing his ways. The Joker says it is "too late for that" and proceeds with his joke. Batman, understanding that he is the same as the Joker is, but on the other side of the coin of good and evil. Batman can't help but laugh at the joke giving the Joker, a failed comedian, the laughter he yearned for before a moment in time broke his life. Batman's life was also changed permanently by a moment in time, and Batman understands that there is no going back: for himself...or the Joker.

I would like to write more about this Allan Moore psychological possible origin story of the Joker, but the fun and intrigue of this comic of the day are in the pages leading up to the Clown Prince's end.

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