Can we all agree that Batman:The Killing Joke is one of the most original, amazing and satisfying graphic novel of all times? ❤ Try to imagine having the pressure of novelizing one of the most popular storyline ever in Batman history. Not only you have the pressure of the die-hard comics fans, but the expectation to be nearly as good as the original medium. I have to admit, it’s tough.
However, it doesn’t change the fact that I found this book disappointing.
I would expect the author to bring something new to the story or even, as a book medium, to give more insights on the character’s perspective, playing on the psychological side. But I got none of that. What I got is a retelling of the same story in the novel form and a clumsy, amateur writing style. It drags on and on to introduce us to a set of characters that we all know so much about. To be honest, most of people picking up this book is because they’ve heard about the graphic novel and not the opposite. So why writing it as if we are totally noob about The Joker or Batman universe? Is the main point of the DC Comics Novels is to target a new public, a younger audience maybe? If so, why choose The Killing Joke as the first novel as an introduction? It just doesn’t make any sense to me.
I would simply tell you to go ahead and stay with the graphic novel.
Did you read the graphic novel yet? Did you read the book?
Thank you to Titan Books for providing me a with a copy for review.