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Batman: The Killing Joke – Deluxe Edition
Written by Alan Moore
Art by Brian Bolland
Published by DC Comics

What can be said about The Killing Joke that hasn’t already been said?  It routinely pops up in various lists as one of the best Batman tales and it very dark and somewhat disturbing.  One of the key characters suffers a fate that had repercussions across the Bat universe, which remains in place.  It includes a possible origin for the Joker, and Batman attempts to prevent one of them having to kill the other.  All this and it’s only 48 pages long.

Oh, and Alan Moore hates it. Read More »

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Bone: One Volume Edition

Written and drawn by Jeff Smith

Between 1991 and 2004 Jeff Smith wrote and drew 55 issues of Bone.  During the same period of time, whenever I saw a copy of this on the shelf of whatever comic shop I patronised at the time, I passed it by, rather put off by the cutesy Disney-esque characters, despite hearing only good things about it.

My resolve was worn down in 2004 with the publication of the one volume edition, clocking in at about 1,300 pages and collecting all 55 issues.  Lacking anything to else read, with some serious persuasion by the then owner of my LCS, and for a decent price, I picked up this doorstopper volume.  Within a few pages I was hooked and wondering why I hadn’t been reading this a long time ago. Read More »