Batman: The Killing Joke Book Report

Book Title

The cover of the book, The Killing Joke
The cover of the book, The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke


Alan Moore

Date of Publication

March 1988


Fiction (Superhero)

About the Author

a headshot of Alan Moore

Alan Moore was born on November 18th, 1953 in Northampton, England. He goes by the names Jill de Ray, Translucia Baboon, Curt Vile, and The Original Writer. He is a writer known for his work in comic books such as V for Vendetta, The Ballad of Halo Jones, and Watchmen. Alan Moore is also a musician, magician, cartoonist, and an occultist. He has a wife named Phyllis Moore and 2 daughters, Amber and Leah Moore.

Plot Summary

Bruce Wayne, a wealthy man who witnessed the murder of his mother and father as a child, seeks to avenge his parents by fighting criminals who are causing havoc in Gotham City. While fighting crime, Bruce Wayne dresses as a bat, calling himself "Batman" to hide his true identity. In this comic book story, Batman finds out that his arch-nemesis, the Joker, has escaped the institution for the criminally insane, known as Arkham Asylum. Batman eventually gets the news that the Joker has kidnapped James Gordon, the police commissioner of Gotham City, and seriously injures James' daughter, Barbara Gordon. Joker reveals that the reason why he kidnapped James Gordon was to show Batman and the city of Gotham that even the sanest man can turn insane from one bad day. Batman then has to find a way to save Gordon before the Joker turns him insane.