The Killing Joke is the origin story of the Joker from the Batman series. As we learn more about one of the greatest villains, we watch him try to prove his theory that any man can be broken and go insane. The person he has chosen to test his theory on is: Inspector Gordon. The Joker kidnaps him, hurts his daughter, and mentally attacks him. Inspector Gordon tries to resist the Joker, but will he be able to maintain his sanity with the help of Batman?
I really liked that this graphic novel focused on the Joker and his origin story. I find him an intriguing villain, and I really enjoyed learning more about him. It is a short story, but there is a lot there. The story is intriguing, and of course, well written as we would expect from Moore. We really climb inside the Joker's mind, as he talks about his theory of "one bad day" being all that is needed to turn people insane.
The artwork is also very good. The colors and graphics evoke the horror and insanity of the Joker. I think it is particularly important for a short story that has so much going on to have artwork that enhances the emotions of the tale. You do not have to be a fan of Batman to appreciate the brilliance of this story.
I highly recommend reading this graphic novel.