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And the Universe so Big: Understanding Batman: The Killing Joke (English Edition) par [Darius, Julian]
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In 1988, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's "Batman: The Killing Joke" offered a violent, literate, and controversial take on the Joker's origins and his relationship with Batman.

Now, Dr. Julian Darius examines it in the context of the high-art ambitions of 1980s super-hero comics, exposing the narrative's ambiguities and secrets.

From Sequart Research & Literacy Organization.

Biographie de l'auteur

After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), Dr. Julian Darius obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. His controversial dissertation became the novel NIRA/SUSSA. Darius has authored other works of fiction, including WATCHING PEOPLE BURN, a screenplay based on the true story of the deadliest school massacre in U.S history – which occurred in rural Michigan in 1927. In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Darius founded what would become Sequart Organization (, an organization devoted to promoting comic books as a legitimate art form. He writes for Sequart's website, has authored books on BATMAN BEGINS and classic DC Comics stories, and has produced documentary films for the organization. He currently lives in Illinois.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 58 pages
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  • Editeur : Sequart Organization (25 novembre 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00AG6FM2E
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HASH(0x94a92714) étoiles sur 5 An amazing book 30 août 2013
Par K. Thurman - Publié sur
Format: Broché
There has been a lot of clatter recently in regards to Alan Moore's The Killing Joke and what the ending meant. Dr. Darius's examination of the book, and especially the end, make it clear what Moore was doing in the book. Not that the book, overall, is a puzzle, but the ending has left some perplexed for some time. This book will resolve the image into crystal clear for you. Well worth the buy, and read.
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HASH(0x94a92768) étoiles sur 5 Outstanding lit crit for comics 2 janvier 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I found this to be a great companion piece for The Killing Joke. I discovered it on the Kevin Smith podcast, Fatman on Batman, and picked it up. I spent some quality time with both texts and feel like I learned quite a bit. I would be very interested to do this with more comics as I feel it is a very different experience and adds tremendous depth. Well worth the small price.
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HASH(0x94a92a44) étoiles sur 5 Excellent analysis of the final scene, Barbara Gordon's crippling and the Joker's origin story 9 novembre 2015
Par Frank L. Greenagel Jr. - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Mr. Darius uses his skills as an English professor to analyze the text and art of Alan Moore's "Killing Joke." He discusses the assault on Barbara Gordon (and recent feminist criticism of it) and the origin story of the Joker that appears here (and becomes somewhat sacred in the DC universe). He makes an excellent point that the Joker is better viewed as being formed in chaos without a strong origin story, a notion that he notes the creators of the 2008 movie "The Dark Knight" stayed true to. Fascinating.

In regards to Barbara Gordon, he has this to say:
"Barbara's crippling is only one instance in which female characters have been killed, raped, or brutalized in the service of male -focused plots. There's no getting around this fact. But this wider critique can hardly be applied to any single story: one cannot responsibly say that no story can include such elements...Moreover, damage to female characters is the logical result of the old 'damsel in distress' trope'." (42)

A good portion of this book is dedicated to examining what happens at the end of the story between Batman and the Joker, namely, does Batman kill him? Mr. Darius discusses his point of view and examines the text and art throughout the book for clues. He makes a strong case, but says that it is ultimately ambiguous. My mind is made up though.
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HASH(0x94a9293c) étoiles sur 5 THE definitive Batman Joker Story Explained 17 août 2013
Par Onion - Publié sur
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In 1988 i picked up my 1st copy of The Killing Joke & was hooked instantly. Of course over the years i was drawn to many, many re-reads & tried to understand with crystal clarity the "ambiguity" inherent at the end of the book...was it all a BIG joke & the two of them simply laughed it off, end of story or was there more. YES there was & is & Mr. Darius has brilliantly elevated this classic to another level. His insights through examples will simply blow your mind! I highly recommend visiting his site [...] for more goodies & "ah ha" moments...Thank you Mr. Darius for opening my eyes, you "killed" me with your book & I'm STILL laughing...Brilliant :)
HASH(0x94a92f84) étoiles sur 5 Interesting Perspective 3 juillet 2016
Par Ryan Baldwin - Publié sur
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I've never been a comic book fan, but I've always liked the characters and mythology of comic books. With that said, I'm fully aware of "The Killing Joke" and its impact on Batman's mythology and I found this reading to be insightful, especially when it described the meaning or broader context of the art and story.

Quick and good read!
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