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Understanding Batman: The Killing Joke

"This cat, Julian Darius... I like this guy's take... Pick up his book if you can."
-- Kevin Smith

In 1988, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke offered a violent, literate, and controversial take on the Joker’s origins and his relationship with Batman.

Now, Dr. Julian Darius examines it in the context of the high-art ambitions of 1980s super-hero comics, exposing the narrative’s ambiguities and secrets.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Dr. Julian Darius founded what would become Sequart Organization. After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), he obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. In 2011, he founded Martian Lit, which publishes creative work, including his comic book Martian Comics and his transgressive novel Nira/Sussa. He currently lives in Illinois.

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