Batman and the Joker have always had a rocky relationship but nothing adequately describes the far-fetched, chaotic nature of the Joker better than The Killing Joke. In this graphic novel, the Joker purchases (sort of) an abandoned carnival and transforms it into his playground. He seeks revenge against Police Commissioner Gordon and will stop at nothing to get it.
I've never read a Batman comic that portrays the Joker quite like this. He is sadistic, morbid, and written in a no-holds barred kind of way. Instead of being just goofy and, as he calls himself, loony, here he resembles a criminal and murderer much more accurately.
When I started reading graphic novels again, I did a quick search for Best Graphic Novels of All Time, just so that I could hit the highlights. I found this listed on several websites and decided to give it a chance - I sure am glad I did. This novel delves deeper into the Joker's past to show exactly why he turned out the way he did and really magnifies his cat-and-mouse relationship with Batman.
The best part of this graphic novel has to be the ending. From the drawings to the text, everything was perfectly done. I remember finishing the story and such a creepy, eerie feeling came over me because it just reiterated the way the Joker and Batman are tied together.
If you're new to comic books or a long-time fan, certainly don't miss out on this one.