Batman: The Killing Joke is a one-shot graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland. It is a classic story that boldly exhibits the relationship of The Dark Knight and The Clown Prince. Joker is undoubtedly one of the best villains in comics and this novel is one of the best stories he’s in.
All it takes is one bad day for anyone in the world to crack. The Joker believes in this greatly and he’s determined to prove it to Gotham’s justice system by taking Commissioner Jim Gordon and giving him that one bad day. Enlightened as it is, there are several controversies surrounding the almost 30 year-old graphic novel. There have been several theories about how the book ended and whether Batman really did kill the joker in this story. You can learn more about this controversy from a video from NerdSync.
Though the fans may be on the fence about the ending, it is an undeniably amazing story. The writing is excellent. The Joker’s monologues are very memorable. One of my favorites is the horrifyingly creative, pun-filled speech where he akins Barbara Gordon to an old library book. The art is morbidly detailed in every sense.
An animated film adaptation of the story was premiered in select theaters on the 25th and 26th of July. The BluRay was released earlier this month. The film is scarily accurate with the graphic novel. In classical Warner Brothers fashion, the animation and the art is fluid.
I highly recommend getting a copy of either the book or the film. Both fans and newcomers to the series are sure enjoy this beautifully written one-shot. It presents an insightful argument about what it is to be insane. It is a relatively short read, but it is one that will never leave you.