So by now we all know how awesome the Dark Knight is, right? WELL I have just the ticket for you! The Killing Joke was published in 1988, and, unlike Frank Miller’s other work, like the Dark Knight Returns, which is a novel, and Batman: Year One, which is a novella, it is a legitimate graphic short story, only 46 pages in length.
It begins with a meeting between Batman and The Joker in the Arkham Assylum for the Criminally Insane, in which Batman tells his foe, “I’ve been thinking lately. About you and me. About what’s going to happen to us, in the the end. We’re going to kill each other, aren’t we?” Then all hell breaks loose. The story is haunting and complex and it was supposedly given to Mr. Ledger as study material for his role. The edition I linked earlier, from Amazon is the new edition, which has been re-colored (re-inked?) by the artist, Brian Bolland, and it also includes another short graphic story by Bolland, An Innocent Guy, but the Miller’s haunting contribution to this never ending battle is the real attraction. Check it out if you feel so inclined.