Alan Moore is a strange dude we can all agree on that, he’s also considered a genius in the comic book world with such works of The Watchmen, Swamp Thing, and the latest cash grab by them The Killing Joke.
In case you’re not caught up on what is considered by many to be one of the best Batman stories every, The Killing Joke tells the story of The Joker showing up to Barbra Gordon’s house and shoots her in the spine paralyzing her (turning her from Batgirl to Oracle) and taking lewd photos of her in order to drive her father made. His reasoning for it is to try and show Batman that one bad day can turn even the best man into a psycho.
The tale also weaves in a possible origin story for the Joker which for a while was taken as cannon, but lately has been used more like the Heath Ledger Joker and is just one possible origin for everyone’s favorite Clown Prince of Crime.
Not only has DC and Warner Bros. just released the Killing Joke Animated Movie on Blu Ray and DVD (to mixed reviews) but their latest cash grab for this Alan Moore tale is a “Noir” edition of The Killing Joker, i.e., an edition stripped of all color which makes no sense.
Yes we have the Batman Black and White trade paperbacks that come out here and there and they work as short Batman stories, and frankly Batman doesn’t need color to him since he’s a man dressed as a bat who is in black and grey. No color required. The Joker on the other hand wears a colorful purple suite, red lipstick, and green hair. He’s a literal and figurative colorful character and to see him in black and white takes away from him. If there was any character who demanded color it’s the Joker so I feel this version of the comic doesn’t add anything to it and just feels like a cash grab from DC to bank off the animated version being released as well as Suicide Squad coming out in theaters.
I have to wonder what Alan Moore must think of this… Oh wait, no I don’t, I know without a shadow of a doubt that he hates it. I’m pretty sure if Alan Moore wanted this to be a “noir” story (which I’m pretty sure DC doesn’t know the definition of the word “noir” because it doesn’t mean black and white) he would have written it that way.
So what do you think dear reader? Do you want to check out this “noir” version of The Killing Joker or are you happy with the 20 year old version that you own? Let us know in the comments below.