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Miettinen, Mervi: "Past as Multiple Choice – Textual Anarchy and the Problems of Continuity in Batman: The Killing Joke." In: Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art 1.1 (2012), 4–25, <http://sjoca.com/wp-con ... 1-Article-Miettinen.pdf> (11. Juni 2012) 
Resource type: Web Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
BibTeX citation key: Miettinen2012b
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Batman", "The Killing Joke", Bolland. Brian, Großbritannien, Moore. Alan, Serialität, Superheld
Creators: Miettinen
Collection: Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art
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Abstract
This article analyses the graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, focusing on the way the text comments on the problematic construction of superheroic continuities through a careful and considered application of so-called “textual anarchy”, a denial of hierarchy or order that challenges the entire concept of continuity. This is done on a number of levels, from the visual shattering of panels to the “past as multiple choice” as proclaimed by the Joker. This article discusses the role and relevance of continuity and audience expectations in superhero comics in general, and analyses the way Batman: The Killing Joke actively goes against tradition by exposing an anarchistic diversity in the superhero narrative that clearly states the impossibility of a single linear narrative. Instead, the text comes to highlight the endlessly open-ended nature of the superhero universe, both textually and visually.
  
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