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Joker¹ [Hardcover]

Brian Azzarello , Lee Bermejo
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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19 Dec 2008
For nearly fifty years, he's terrorised Gotham and the world, crippled Batgirl and killed the second Robin. He is Batman's greatest nemesis. His name is the Joker!Now, get behind the mask of the Clown Prince of Crime in this original graphic novel! Taking the viewpoint of a member of the Joker's gang, the curtains hiding Gotham City's underworld are pulled back to show the criminals' reactions to the new avenger hunting them...and their plans to destroy him.Written by critically acclaimed 100 Bullets author Brian Azzarello (also co-writer of the "Batman: Gotham Knight" animated movie), with art by Lee Bermejo ("Batman/Deathblow"), this book provides essential background to "The Dark Knight"!


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (19 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184576983X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845769833
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,957 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." - MTV.com"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.

About the Author

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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noir, Gotham City and a madman 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark & Gritty Graphic Novel 22 Aug 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Joker (Graphic Novel).

Product Info.
Hardback Edition.
128Pages.
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jonny and the Joker 3 Sep 2014
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 31 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This novel delves deep into the criminal mind of The Joker. Not only does it introduce a narration from a unknown character called Johnny Frost but it gives you a dark and scarce perspective of The Jokers sadistic nature through the eyes of the character . This makes of a interesting and intriguing read that you just won't want to put down. Although it is a short novel it will make you want to read it again and again to appreciate how well Brian Azzarello has put together a interesting story. I am happy I have added this to my collection and is worth five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh, gritty and disturbing exploration into the mind ...
A fresh, gritty and disturbing exploration into the mind of a very realistic joker, and the squalor filled city of Gotham.
Published 1 month ago by Harry Gifford
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong look from the streets upwards
This is a very interesting look at the life of the Joker, not from inside his head because that is the great mystery of DC, but from one of his henchman. Read more
Published 2 months ago by wilf.nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars An Elseworlds sequel to the Dark Knight film?
This really is a graphic novel and not just a comic-book story or collection. There are no super-powered characters on view, just characters with strange behaviours, affectations... Read more
Published 5 months ago by No More Mr. Mice Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a laughing matter
This novel made question my opinion of how joker should be written. Brain Azzarello makes joker more of a crime boss with nothing to lose like if heath ledger was more rational but... Read more
Published 5 months ago by mr J Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars joker h.c
this was a present for my son at christmas who was very happy with the game, and spent all of christmas playing on it.
Published 6 months ago by John Kelsall
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
A must buy for joker fans, absolutely brilliant read and amazing art work. Bought this for my boyfriend but i couldn't resist, i had to read it myself.
Published 8 months ago by Sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read a Batman story from another perspective.
The art is different in a good way, plenty of time with the joker who has some great lines. If you like everything Batman you'll like this.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars an ok comic, doesn't live up to the hype
This comic would be good if there wasn't such a variety of astonishing The Joker stories out there already. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Garry Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comic well worth the money
Really enjoyed reading this. Great artwork and fun story if it in2 twisted dark stories like I am lol I recommend this book.
Published 9 months ago by D.Ream
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Fantastic comic, loved every minute. The Joker was portrayed in the way he is supposed to be, no cheesy features about the Joker in this comic.
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
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