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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 Research & Literacy 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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