The Killing JokeBook - 2008
Originally published in Batman: the killing joke, Batman black and white 4
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You know, it's funny. This reminds me of a joke. See, there were two guys locked in a lunatic asylum and one night, one night they decided they didn't like that anymore. They decided to escape. So, they made it up to the roof and there, just across this narrow gap, they see rooftops,
stretching across town, stretching to freedom. Now, the first guy, he jumps right across, no problem. But his friend, -chuckles- no way, he's afraid of falling. So, the first guy, he has an idea. He says, "Hey, I got this flashlight with me. I'll shine it across the gap between the buildings and you can walk across the beam and join me." But the second guy says, "What do you think I am, crazy? You'll just turn it off when I'm halfway across."
As soon as I saw what a black awful joke the world was I went as crazy a hoot, I admit it why can't you?
All these years and I don't know who he is any more than I know than he knows who I am. How can two people hate so much without knowing each other?
Hello. I came to talk. I've been thinking lately. About you and me. About what's going to happen to us, in the end. We're going to kill each other aren't we? Perhaps you'll kill me. Perhaps I'll kill you. Perhaps sooner. Perhaps later. I just wanted to know that I'd made a genuine attempt to talk things over and avert that outcome. Just once.