Dustin Nguyen’s title to his homage to Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke, refers to a rare psychiatric syndrome of the same name. Meaning “a madness shared by two” pretty much sums up Batman and Joker’s relationship. On his DeviantArt account, Nguyen stated: ”I love this book, and this panel ended the book for me so well. Originally, I didn’t want any color in this piece, like the original panel was b&w. but since it’s a stand alone, I thought it was okay, and also, thinking back to the joke the Joker tells at the end, I decided to go with some whimsical carnival tones. Desaturated to give it a place in time.”
The Killing Joke is one of those stories that you either love, or hate. Readers and critics have praised it as the ultimate Joker story, yet Alan Moore having gone on record as saying “I don’t think it’s a very good book. It’s not saying anything very interesting.”
So whether you praise or trash the story, you can’t help but admire the inspiration it’s given to a generation, which gives us amazing art which, in turn, inspires others.