BOOK REVIEW | The Killing Joke


Rating: 5/5 stars

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Summary from Barnes and Noble:

According to the grinning engine of madness and mayhem known as The Joker, that’s all that separates the sane from the psychotic. Freed once again from the confines of Arkham Asylum, he’s out to prove his deranged point. And he¿s going to use Gotham City’s top cop, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and his brilliant and beautiful daughter Barbara to do it.

Now Batman must race to stop his archnemesis before his reign of terror claims two of the Dark Knight’s closest friends. Can he finally put an end to the cycle of bloodlust and lunacy that links these two iconic foes before it leads to its fatal conclusion? And as the horrifying origin of the Clown Prince of Crime is finally revealed, will the thin line that separates Batman’s nobility and The Joker’s insanity snap once and for all?


This is the first time I’m reviewing a graphic novel on this blog I believe and honestly I was waiting for the right one to start this with.  Alan Moore is by far my favorite writer in the graphic novel and superhero world and it felt only fitting to start the graphic novel reviews with one of his most incredible, and also most disturbing graphic novels.  The Killing Joke is not for everyone and I will say that there is one instant were it could be a bit trigger, although it is still very mild compared to other triggering pieces of literature.

This is the graphic novel were we, the reader, are presented with the first serious look at how the Joker became the Joker.  What caused him to be the psychotic man he is today?  And I must say that Moore did a beautiful job at presenting the Joker’s potential story with dignity.  The flashback series that allow us to glimpse back into the Joker’s former life are done minimally and flow very nicely with the story itself.  In my opinion the color scheme of the flashbacks has a large amount to do with this.

In each flashback we are presented with a different color scheme than we see in the main story.  It seems to be more of a dreary color compared to the vibrant and deep colors in the main story panels.  The flashback colors also seem to be more associated with the Joker’s state of despair as we see him struggle through financial and mental stress. In contrast the main story line panels are in full color and are deep rich tones, although they are very dark at times.

I think in terms of story this graphic novel was superb.  Although it was admitted that this may not be the Joker’s real backstory but one instead one of the delusions he came up with, I think it adds to who he is as a character.  It feeds the idea that all it takes is one bad day for a normal person to snap into insanity.  One bad day is ultimately all that separates the Joker and Batman, at least according to the Joker.


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Rating: 4/5 stars

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Summary from Barnes and Noble:

Prism presents the best of Roland Allnach’s newest stories together with his most acclaimed published short fiction. These selected stories fracture the reader’s perceptions among a dazzling array of genres and styles to illuminate the mysterious aspects of the human experience.
Roland Allnach has been described as a “star on the rise” (ForeWord Clarion), “a master storyteller with a powerful pen” (Cynthia Brian, NY Times Bestselling author), with writing that is “smart, elegant, and addicting” (San Francisco Review).


Let me start this by saying that I received this book from review through the publisher All Things That Matter Press in coordination with the blog tour that this is a part of through TLC Book Tours.

Now let me say that I am extremely picky with short stories.  I was raised on Edgar Allen Poe and several other very fabulous and very amazing short story authors.  So when it comes to short stories, especially collections of them I tend to have high expectations.  Roland Allnanch met my expectations and took my on a ride with this collection of short stories.

One of the things that I enjoyed most about Prism was the fact that it was a mash-up of several different genres.  It made it so that just when you were getting accustomed to one writing style he threw another one at you and made you spin around in the other direction.  I think that is honestly one of the reason I enjoyed this book so much.  I loved the fact that it kept me on my toes with the switching of genres.  That being said I definitely enjoyed some stories more than others but that’s to be expected for almost everyone now isn’t it?

The only thing that I found slightly disappointing for this collection is that a little bit over half way through my attention started wandering and I found that I had hit a section of stories that didn’t grab my interest anymore.  I promptly put down the book and pick another up and then came back to it later and that seemed to have helped.  However I wish I would have been able to just keep reading as most of his stories were brilliant and attention grabbing in some way.  For me the fact that I had to stop reading for a while because I hit a wall is just a minor problem and as long as I was able to pick the book back up and finish it happily that’s what matters!

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of short stories or likes any of the multiple genres that are in this book!

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About the Author:

Roland Allnach

Roland Allnach, after working twenty years on the night shift in a hospital, has witnessed life from a slightly different angle. He has been working to develop his writing career, drawing creatively from literary classics, history, and mythology. His short stories, one of which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in many publications. His first anthology, Remnant, blending science fiction and speculative fiction, saw publication in 2010. Remnant was followed in 2012 byOddities & Entities, a collection spanning horror, supernatural, paranormal, and speculative genres. Both books have received unanimous critical praise and have been honored with a combined total of twelve national book awards, including honors from National Indie Excellence, Foreword Reviews, and Readers’ Favorite. Prism marks Roland’s third stand alone publication.

When not immersed in his imagination, Roland can be found at his website,, along with a wealth of information about his stories and experiences as an author. Writing aside, his joy in life is the time he spends with his family.