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2011-04-01 18:51 (UTC)
After all, they try to pull something outrages and upsetting every time they use him. There's nowhere to go anymore but this, I suppose.
Which is really my main problem with the character as he is now. The Killing Joke was shocking because it was the Joker going farther than he had gone at that point, doing real damage to the Bat-family in the process. Since then, the stuff he pulled there seems tame by comparison, so the shock value is gone.
The other problem is that I think readers need to like comic book villains - not the horrible things they do, but there needs to be a sort of respect for them or a reason to want to see them return. The Joker now is just Hannibal Lecter without the charm, which makes him more of an annoyance when he pops up.
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