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This article is part of the DC Database Recommended Reading project, a series of articles written by our editors. They are meant as a guide to help both new and old readers, either getting into comics for the first time or looking to read more on their favorites. These should not be taken as a definitive guide; obviously you can start wherever and with whatever you want, but they're some general suggestions that we think you might find enjoyable.

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The Joker is a super-villain and arch-nemesis of Batman. Since the Golden Age of Comic Books, he has remained as one of the most popular and threatening figures in the DC Universe. His personality is often conflicting and contradictory, switching from a mass-murdering psychopath to a harmless prankster on a whim, making him extremely unpredictable. Though he usually does not star in his own series, Joker is usually seen alongside the caped crusader in many of his books.

New Readers

  • Batman: The Killing Joke is a critically acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore, depicting Joker's scheme to corrupt the most incorruptible people in Gotham while exploring one of his many origin stories.
  • Batman: The Man Who Laughs is the Post-Crisis retelling of Batman #1, changing some details but keeping the general story intact. It was written by Ed Brubaker.
  • Joker is a distorted, realistic interpretation of the Joker, written by Brian Azzarello, depicting the Joker as a much more disturbed (if that's possible) individual who ran his gang similar to a real-life mob. The story is told from the point of view of one of his henchmen.

Further reading

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