|Plot Summary of Batman: The Killing Joke|
Batman is a vigilante in Gotham City. He realizes that his battles with the Joker will eventually lead to their deaths, and wants to prevent that. He goes to visit the Joker at Arkham Asylum to talk to him about it, but discovers that the Joker has escaped.
Meanwhile, the Joker is out to prove that any normal person can turn insane from having one really bad day. He tests his theory on Police Commissioner Gordon by kidnapping him, stripping him, and torturing him by subjecting him to photographs of his daughter Barbara naked and suffering from a debilitating bullet wound. This book has flashbacks to Joker's memory of his past and how he turned from being a struggling comedian with a pregnant wife to a psychopathic killer.
Batman discovers that Barbara has been shot and Gordon has been kidnapped and follows clues to try to find Joker's location and rescue Gordon.
This synopsis report prepared by Sarah Bastin
|Chapter Analysis of Batman: The Killing Joke|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- escape/rescue from kidnappers
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
- champion of justice
- Super genius
- Dirty, dangerous (like New York)
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- mostly dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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