I didn't mean to read Batman: The Killing Joke in one sitting, but I couldn't put it down. It wasn't long anyway, just over 60 pages, which is quite short for a graphic novel. This graphic novel is also different from others in the Superhero genre. Typically, the work starts out as comic books and then is collected into a volume. That isn't what happened here. The Alan Moore and Brian Bolland came together and produced one work. The Killing Joke is one of the most popular Batman comics. I was excited when I received it as a gift and I was excited when I started to read it.
I don't know what I expected. Maybe I still had a book hangover from The Promise. I found The Killing Joke dark. It was brutal and violent and we can attribute most of that to The Joker. I audibly gasped at one point. It was a great story, reflecting the dark dichotomy of Batman and The Joker. I had never read a Batman comic before The Killing Joke, though I'm a fan of superheroes. If you only read one Batman comic in your whole life, this is the one to read. I might be recommending The Killing Joke a lot in 2014.