The Killing Joke by Christa Faust & Gary Phillips: Book Review

Title: The Killing Joke

Author: Christa Faust & Gary Philips

Publisher: Titan Books/ Bloomsbury Publishing

Publishing Date: 15th March 2019

My Rating: 3.5 stars

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The book begins with a lucid description of the Gotham City giving you the vibe that you’ve entered the world of Batman and DC comics. Then more characters come in, different sections of narration detailing the plot occupy you and the realization that the novelization is indeed real. The Killing Joke, a novel out of the graphic comic brings in again the eternal rivalry between the Batman and the Joker.

Giggle Sniff, a new drug is out in the market and the city commissioner, James Gordon, and Detective Harvey Bullock are on the lookout for the gang distributing it. The joker is inside the boundaries of Arkham Asylum with every intention of escaping it and plotting the ultimate killing joke. While Batman surely wants his enemy in the final face off.

The book is all you would expect in this novelization of DC comic- remarkable narration, grown characters, descriptive action scenes, and hard vocabulary, I must say.


The last few pages of the book really got me on toes and it was totally the Batman movie playing along. However, I was looking more of the Joker. I would have extremely loved the book if detailed psychology of Joker’s mind or his actions were there.

Well, if you had loved graphic DC comics and would love to try the novelization, then definitely give it a try. Though it would be better if the comparison is not drawn as both comics and novels say it differently.

I would recommend The Killing Joke for its novelization endeavor and absolutely for its arduous vocabulary. You may learn some new words, you know.



Have you happened to read this book? or thinking of it lately?

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5 thoughts on “The Killing Joke by Christa Faust & Gary Phillips: Book Review

  1. I’ll just add that Christa Faust is one of my favorite authors! I’ve never read her novelizations, but based on her original work, I’ll bet they’re great! 🙂

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