‘The Killing Joke’ Receives An Homage In ‘My Hero Academia’

The world-renowned manga, My Hero Academia has given comic fans an easter egg. In a recent chapter, author and artist Kohei Horikoshi left a treat for keen comics fans. Horikoshi is no stranger to the beauty and marvel of American comics, as he has drawn and recreated panels from Batman: The Killing Joke. There is often a beautiful cultural exchange when there two art forms collide.

The manga is based on a school for students with superhero powers. Often, it spoofs and points out issues in superhero franchises. They fight against gender norms, common superhero tropes, and of course insane, remarkable villains. With the upcoming Joaquin Phoenix film, Joker, it’s even better to add more excitement by creating another version of the Clown Prince of Crime.

Below is the twitter post that user Straw Hat Noah shares. He writes:

Love the attention to detail, as even the most subtle of touches or elements can be references to his immense adoration of American comic books!

This must be a treat to fans of “The Killing Joke.” As Horikoshi mimics an exact panel, demonstrating his love and skill for comics art. There is speculation that fans of My Hero Academia may want to look up “The Killing Joke” for any possible hints to the upcoming story arc.

With convention season beginning soon, DKN will be bringing in several pop-culture references, starting by visiting Toronto Comic Con next week and Anime North 2019. Keep an eye open for exclusives and Batman-related news.

Joker debuts October 4th, 2019.

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Sharna Jahangir

Lover of all things Batman. Majored in English and Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. Passionate about Defending citizens as much as Batman, found herself at Defence Research Development Canada working under Dr. Ming Hou. Also a Graphic Designer, avid blogger, and hobbies in drawing comics. Sharna's not the best at maintaining a secret identity, but more than strong enough to protect her loved ones.