Review | Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland

4eaa6c13a05bcTitle: Batman: The Killing Joke [Deluxe Edition] (1988/2008 deluxe edn.)
Author: Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, Richard Starkings
Read: 10th January 2016
Genre: graphic novel; comic book; superheroes
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

As a person whose only exposure to Batman is centred entirely around Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale’s take on the caped crusader and on the brilliant-but-terrible-really TV series Batman and Robin, I’m not exactly the intended audience for this beautifully illustrated deluxe edition of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke. Regardless of this rather important fact, I can appreciate both the creepiness of the art style and the ingenuity of the story crafting at work in this comic book.

“All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy.
That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.” Continue reading

Review | Sally Heathcote, Suffragette

Sally Heathcote: Suffragette (2014)
Author: Mary M. Talbot, Bryan Talbot, Kate Charlesworth
Read: 21st December 2015
Genre: graphic novel; historical fiction; feminism
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is an admirable attempt to make what is already a pretty interesting social and historical movement even more interesting and accessible to a wider audience by choosing to frame it by narrating the life of fictional suffragette Sally Heathcote as she moves from orphanage to service in Mrs Pankhurst’s household to being swept up in the militant WSPU organisation. Continue reading