Batman: The Killing Joke (1988) built on the Joker's 1951 origin story, portraying him as a failed comedian pressured into committing crime as the Red Hood to support his pregnant wife. Batman's interference causes him to leap into a chemical vat, which disfigures him. This, combined with the trauma of his wife's earlier accidental death, causes him to go insane and become the Joker. In this graphic novel, the Joker shoots and paralyzes Barbara Gordon and tortures her father, Commissioner James Gordon, to prove that it only takes one bad day to drive a normal man insane. This is considered the definitive version of the Jokers origin, and most all literation’s of the character are based in part from this story.
Killing Joke is the ultimate Joker story. Not only that’s its one of the best comic book stories in general, not just in the Batman universe. The message of one bad day is all it takes is almost chilling when you think about it. The story, the artwork, everything was amazing. The Joker had two very cool looks in the book. His vacation outfit with the camera, and his normal black tuxedo during the end when he has Gordon kidnapped. Diamond Select Toys, as part of their DC Gallery line has recreated the latter in a brand new PVC Diorama that is simply frightening upon close inspection.
Starting at the face you can see the trademark look is here front and center. The etched, messed up bright green hair with shades of black to show its almost being pulled out by the Joker is a great touch of crazy. That hair matches those trademark bright green eyebrows that are perked up and slanted back to give a truly menacing look to the Clown Prince of Crime. The nose is pointed out and down like in the books, and the blood red lips are scrunched and opened in the disfigured menacing smile showing off the pearly white teeth. Notice all the detail in having the face smeared and wrinkled up. Even though it’s a comic book style statue Diamond Select still sculpted all the frowns in the forehead and around the cheeks and eyes to blend with the smile of the jaw line. Even though he’s smiling he’s still evil. This shot also shows you the depth of color as the red around the Jokers evil squinted bloodshot eyes shirt is a totally different shade than the red used for the lips, which is also different than the red used for the gums. Diamond Select always goes that extra mile when it comes to their products. A big shout out to the teeth as well as they are truly hideous to say the least. Adding the gloves pulling at the hair was another great way to give it the full on crazy look.
Moving to the body its classic joker all the way. Black tuxedo jacket that’s sculpted to show the wrinkles in it from where his arms are outstretched to grab his hair, and shaded in a light shade of purple in spots to give it a shadowed look. The purple bow tie, with black shading match the purple gloves perfectly. The wrinkles in the suite are so well done, and added to the fact it’s a comic book style statue that most companies just make smooth really helps to set this apart. The white and black striped shirt has all is buttons, and is etched to be wrinkled as well. The jacket is actually slightly bunched up by the waist from the lifting of his hands. Which gives it a real world look. Diamond Select is great at making these comic book designs look almost real. It’s a hard concept to pull off, but the sculpting and shading are just second to none.
Here’s a good look at the top of the head. You can see close up the bright green hair filled with black shading, and sculpted to look completely messed up. The hair is remarkable, as even though it’s a comic book statue it looks real. The shading and design is the most eye catching part of the piece. The gloves are great. The Jokers deep purple gloves look great with the green as he’s pulling his hair to the point where he’s almost yanking it out. The gloves are molded to be wrinkled and shaded in a dark in some spots, lighter in others black. They look like real gloves. And like always I want to point out that each finger is individually sculpted. You also get a good look at the white skin on the Jokers arm as well as not only the undershirt complete with copper button on the cuff, but the side of the shaded jacket that has all the buttons sculpted into it as well. You can see how the backdrop of the piece, the Hall of Mirrors lettering is designed to come out past the piece itself. A grey, with blue shaded lettering on the backdrop of red, black and yellow, really make this stand out.
The base, which we already saw the top of rests on a simple floorboard design. An off blue and grey design to look just like wooden plank flooring is completely sculpted and etched and shaded in black to give it a real wooden look. The blue tint in it matches perfectly with the opening doors of the hall of mirrors Joker is standing in front of. You also get a nice look at the shoes, which are a nice shiny black. You can see the laces sculpted in and even the wrinkles in the leather. They flow perfectly with the pants that are done in the same color. Sculpted to show all the wrinkles the entire outfit comes together to perfection. The greens, purples, blacks, and blues in this piece all complement each other and really make everything jump at you.
This is a fantastic Joker statue. I can only hope that we get a follow up one with him in the Hawaiian shirt and camera. If you’re a fan of The Killing Joke, of the Joker in general this is a must buy from Diamond Select Toys
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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