Not only is The Killing Joke arguably the best Batman comic of all time, but it’s possibly one of the best COMIC BOOKS of all time. Tim Burton, who directed Batman and Batman Returns, has been swearing by this claim since the ‘80s, and it’s hard to dispute. Sympathizing with our villains has become so prevalent across all types of media these days, and The Killing Joke is one of the first and best to do so. It puts all the best things about the Joker on full display. There’s nothing heroic about the villain, and yet something about him is just so damn intriguing that we still love him, if not love to hate him. Many of us likely sympathize with his mental illness, and it’s hard not to laugh at his twisted sense of humor, especially for comic book standards. It’s hard to imagine that any comic book fan over the age of 15 hasn’t read this one yet, but if for some crazy reason you haven’t (or, even crazier, never heard of it), then you need to pick it up now.