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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; 6TH PRINTING edition (19 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184576983X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845769833
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 1.2 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Disturbing, violent, oddly psychological and insanely wonderful." - USA WEEKEND"If you liked "The Dark Knight," Joker is a must-have for your bookshelf." -"Terrific and disturbing." - THE VILLAGE VOICE"One of the best written and illustrated comics to come out of a major publishing house this year." - THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Brian Azzarello has achieved both huge sales and acclaim with his comic 100 Bullets, and has also written Cage, Hellblazer and Loveless. He also wrote one of the six scripts for the Batman: Gotham Knight animated movie. Lee Bermejo is the illustrator of Superman/Gen 13, and has contributed pin-ups to 100 Bullets and WildC.A.T.S.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sean Wilson-blake on 31 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
Abandoning the usual clown-like gimmicks and superhero storytelling, Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo take us on a nightmarish journey into the Joker's life outside Arkham Asylum.

The Joker isn't a supervillain who toys with Batman here, he is a very violent and disturbed man who lives on sex, drugs and murder. He is really just a coked up gangster but his unpredictable actions and unreliability are still classic Joker, but just a lot darker.

About 130 pages long, it is a reasonably quick read as the story flows well and the artwork is just outstanding. My only qualm is that it could of been longer. But I'm not too bothered with that as the novel is gripping from start to finish.

Another great thing is the addition of noir blended in with these "super" villains. We have a dirty private eye, a realistic looking Gotham City, troubled characters, detailed violence and an overall very dark atmosphere. It's like James Ellroy mixed with superhero fiction.

It's one of the greatest graphic novels I've ever read but its' strictly an adults only comic. Containing disturbing bloody violence, plenty of bad language, sex, drug use and just darkness, this certainly isn't a kids read. This is the way the Joker is meant to be. A disgusting human being with his morbid look on life. Life is about death to him, and darkness all over.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Joker (Graphic Novel).

Product Info.
Hardback Edition.
Written By Brian Azzarello.
Illustration By Lee Bermejo.

(Warning Joker contains strong language, sexual references & drug abuse & is not suitable for young children).

What's The Story.
The Joker after yet another stint in Arkham Asylum, The Joker finds "his city" divided among mobsters & costumed villains, including The Riddler, Two Face, Killer Croc, Penguin, Harley Quinn & even the dark knight himself Batman.

Not content to settle for a piece of the pie, The Joker vows to take back the whole damn criminal underworld beneath Gotham City by any means necessary.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a excellent graphic novel that delves into the mind of Gothams most psychotic criminal as Joker is a brutal uncompromising read that pushes the boundaries & doesn't hold back on the violence as it shows the Joker to be a sadistic violent unhinged psychopath that's tone is written for a more mature audience as it details sexual themes, drug use & strong bloody violence with some great illustrations by the excellent Lee Bermejo who brings this story to life & off the page as Bermejo has created some stunning imagery to writer Brian Azzarello story.

Brian Azzarello has written a excellent story here the main focus being on the clown prince of crime & allows the reader to delve into the Jokers psyche.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
In this one-off non-canon book, writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo, both extraordinary artists, imagine a more realistic take on Joker partly in the style of Chris Nolan's "Dark Knight" film. The story is told through the eyes of Jonny Frost, a low-level thug sent to pick up a newly-released Joker from Arkham Asylum. Joker sets about reclaiming his criminal empire against Two-Face with the help of Killer Croc.

Re-reading this 4 years after I first picked it up, the book still retains its power and brilliance. Azzarello creates a Joker with newly revealed sides to his character than just the insane murderer he's usually portrayed as. In a brilliant one panel aside, Joker is seen in private on his knees, arms wrapped around Harley Quinn, sobbing, as we really see his relationship with her - she is the only one he can truly be himself with. Azzarello's Joker is a pill-popping junkie, snorting lines and chugging brown liquor, fuelling his rampages to explain his extreme behaviour than simply writing off his actions as those of a crazy man.

Azzarello and Bermejo utilise comics' unique format of the spaces between the panels to intimate some truly heinous actions by Joker. In one scene Joker randomly wanders into an apartment and murders an elderly couple in their beds with a razor blade, but the reader sees only the break-in and a murky aftermath as Joker lies on the bed atop contorted and bloodied human forms, the blade glinting off to the side. Later, Jonny's wife is saved from Two-Face and it's hinted that Joker then raped her before setting her free. Azzarello's vision of Joker in this book is far more human and far more scary in moments like this than has been seen before in other comics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sept. 2014
Format: Hardcover
A hardcover graphic novel, telling a complete story in one hundred and thirty pages. All about Batman's arch enemy.

The clown prince of crime himself. The Joker.

The story is narrated by, and seen through the eyes of, Jonny Frost. A low level Gotham mobster who volunteers to go and pick the Joker up when he is released from Arkham Asylum. When nobody else wants to do it.

Whilst Joker was locked away, all the organised crime that he controlled in the city fell into the hands of others. Joker wants things back. And goes about getting them his way.

With Jonny along for the ride. Because he likes what he sees and wants to do things the way Joker does.

He's about to learn a few things...

The artwork by Lee Bermejo is distinctive and eye catching. It looks pretty realistic and does stand out. Thanks also to some excellent colouring.

This is a very dark tale, and although it's not labelled as such, it's really only suitable for mature readers. There are some rather graphic moments.

It does present Gotham and it's denizens in a way that tries to be realistic [this was released in 2008, the same year when The Dark Knight hit the cinema screen. Something that tried to do the same] and it does make the look of one regular villain a little more realistic as a result.

It's a compelling read, as you're along with Jonny for the ride. Always wondering something that he doesn't. How will it all end out?

The resolution isn't anything major or something that really packs a punch, but it does fit the story the writer is trying to tell.

All in all a different take on familiar things that will stick in the mind for a while. And it's worth a look.
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