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Fan comic brings Batman-Joker feud to a bloody end

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Twenty-five years after the release Batman: The Killing Joke, we’re still debating the end of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s 1988 one-shot. But in “The Deal,” a new fan comic written by Gerardo Preciado and illustrated Daniel Bayliss, there’s nothing ambiguous about the final showdown between the Dark Knight and his arch-nemesis The Joker.

The 14-page story is bloody and brutal — we’re talking Se7en territory, “What’s in the box?” all — but it brings the nearly 75-year-old logical and disturbing, yet oddly touching, conclusion. See a beautiful work-safe page below, and read the entire comic here.

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This makes we wanna reread DKReturns

Excellent layouts and storytelling. That being said, I did not care for the actual story at all. Too dark, too violent and the gay subtext verged on homophobia.

This comic is ugly in every way.

I liked it. Didn’t pick up on anything particularly gay and especially not homophobic. To me, their connection went beyond romantic but more of an eternal ying/yang duality between two reappearing souls.

I also didn’t see this put in a negative light (other than the obvious context of all the death and conflict surrounding those two) which is why the “homophobia” comment seems out of place here.

Dudes holding hands doesn’t always mean gay stuff :P

Every bit of motivation the Joker ascribes to the horrible things he does is framed in explicitly romantic terms: “I do the things I do because…I love you…You really don’t remember, Bruce? Being One? Loving Me? I think I was your wife, once. We’re soulmates, Bruce. You love me and I love you, and no matter what you do in this life that is never going to change…” I comes off less as eternal duality and more as an obsessed lover.

And, like it or not, when the obsessed lover is a man acting out toward a member of the same sex, there is at least a gay subtext.

Add to that the fact that the romantic love is expressed completely through violence you have something, while most likely unintended as such, verging on a homophobic depiction.

The comic quotes Bill Hicks for several pages – did you catch that? Reread those sections. Think about a universal love. Imagine of reincarnation and think of the human race as one.

If that still doesn’t get the homophobia out of your mind, maybe relax with some propane and propane accessories.

The extended Bill Hicks quote was awful, amateur-hour and pretentious, but the rest of it ranged from average to not bad (comparable to current DC output, take that how you may) in terms of the writing, to quite good, in terms of the art, if a bit too far derivative of Paul Pope.

Still, this was a far better Batman comic than David Lasky’s really lame “Ultimate Batman Strip” from a couple of months back (a weak-sauce rip-off of a 1980s story, Golden Age Batman comics and the EC story “Master Race”).

Not impressed. It was trying way too hard to be deep and meaningful and just came off as ham-fisted and pretentious. It’s style masquerading as substance, and the style is wholly derivative and unoriginal.

@Kalorama: Sounds like most Batman stories in the last ten years to me!

@RegularSyzed Mike
That’s not true. Some of them simple are really bad.

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