Batman: The Killing Joke #1


A concerned Batman visits Arkham Asylum and goes to Joker's cell. The Joker is sitting alone in his cell, playing with a deck of cards as Batman sits at the opposite end of the table. The Dark Knight tells Joker that the constant madness of their lives must end, or otherwise one of them will surely die at the hands of the other. Joker doesn't move and keeps playing with the cards, and Batman grabs the clown's arm, infuriated. Batman notices that he has white stains on his hands and grabs the man in front of him, who is just a man dressed and wearing make-up to look like the Joker. Batman questions the man about the location of the Joker, who has escaped Arkham and is on the loose.

Printed: Jul 1988
Writers: Alan Moore
Art: Brian Bolland
Cover: Brian Bolland and Richard Bruning

Key Issue Details:
- One-shot written by Alan Moore
- The Joker shoots and paralyzes Barbara Gordon, she later becomes Oracle