I read the Killing Joke, but I know that get's me crucified as that's THE stereotypical Batman joke.
Not at all, that's a fantastic book. It's the first Batman comic I read too, so there you go.
I could recommend you some essential Batman books, if you want.
Two-Face, Scarecrow and Riddler are my favourite villains. The Long Halloween is my favourite comic. Under The Red Hood is my favourite movie. Dick Grayson is my favourite Robin. Mark Hamill is my favourite Joker. Damian Wayne is a little shit.
I think that's about it.
This is insane man, I just put down The Long Halloween, like 2 minutes ago. I'm re-reading it, for what seems like the 1000 time and it's just as good, if not better than the first time I read it. I just started the April Fools Day chapter. As for my favorite villains: Two Face; The Joker; The Riddler; Phantasm.
Favorite Animated Film: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm; Batman: Year One
Favorite Book: The Long Halloween/Dark Victory
Jables is totally right man. The Killing Joke is an incredible story which happened to be re-introduced to the spotlight after word that Heath Ledger was reading it to prepare for The Dark Knight. I'm not saying it was forgotten, it was just not center stage. I remember a few weeks before Batman: Arkham Asylum came out, the Grant Morris Arkham Asylum comic was being reprited like the fucking bible, and I was so confused. I was confused because to me that comic was the weird Batman comic my grandfather got for free from some church book drive and gave it to me for my 10th birthday. Anyway, what I'm trying to get at is, no comic/book should be looked at as the "stereotypical" story. They've been dubbed that because there so good and important. I know I'm rambling on now so I'll say one last thing: Read The Long Halloween, then read Dark Victory!