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Joker HC (The Joker) [Hardcover]

Lee Bermejo
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29 Oct 2008 The Joker
Written by Brian Azzarello Art by Lee Bermejo & Mick Gray Cover by Lee Bermejo In the all-new, hardcover original graphic novel JOKER, writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS) and artist Lee Bermejo (HELLBLAZER covers) - the creative team behind the acclaimed miniseries LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL - show an even darker and more disturbing side to the most dangerous man in Gotham: The Joker. After yet another stint in Arkham Asylum, The Joker finds "his city" divided among mobsters and costumed villains. Not content to settle for a piece of the pie, The Joker vows to take back the whole damn enchilada by any means necessary. Look for appearances by a slew of Gotham's most wanted, including gritty takes on Two-Face, Riddler, Killer Croc, Penguin, Harley Quinn and even Batman! Not since THE KILLING JOKE have you seen such a powerful tale of The Joker - you won't want to miss this one! Advance-solicited; on sale October 22 - 128 pg, FC, $19.99 US

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (29 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401215815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401215811
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 10.4 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,147 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

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noir, Gotham City and a madman 31 July 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter in the dark 9 Nov 2012
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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars deranged 28 Dec 2008
By Goya
Yeah, kind of a grim, deranged book this one. There's no doubting the quality of the writing, I think the Joker is fairly well pegged. The biggest problem is that he comes across as just a psychotic thug. In the Dark Knight, Nolan had the sense to write the Joker as making a point about humanity's relative worth (or lack of). Here he is just a nutter...Nice art though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a laughing matter 13 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 not so much that he could lead a crime network like Jack Nicholson. It's now an all time favourite of mine and I recommend it but only too those that know joker and are not starting out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars joker h.c 2 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
this was a present for my son at christmas who was very happy with the game, and spent all of christmas playing on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 30 Jan 2014
By Sophie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
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By Jeff
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars an ok comic, doesn't live up to the hype 8 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This comic would be good if there wasn't such a variety of astonishing The Joker stories out there already. The Joker here feels like not much more than a "crime baron" rather than the psychopath we've come to know. Yes, he's violent and pretty nasty all round but it feels....... Formulaic. There is never really a reason for the Jokers actions in other comics and the attempt to explain the motives behind his actions fall short here, what's wrong with the Joker just being mad?

Also the character Frost (I've just finished reading this and I've already forgotten his first name, which should tell you something) fails to make any kind of mark on the reader, he's simply a plot device, and not a very good one at that.

Overall I'm disappointed, considering the hype surrounding this comic.
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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 3 months ago by Francesca Sollof
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 3 months ago by Josh Stables
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
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... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lockhart
4.0 out of 5 stars Sympathy for the joker.
A brilliant little stand alone story about the joker. It must have informed the dark knight trilogy and it's depiction of the character. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. Mack
5.0 out of 5 stars wanted this
Wanted this one fr a while so when i saw it i snapped it up, came on time well presented Very happy
Published 4 months ago by dominique
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Comic
This was the first ever comic I read and had to buy it for my brother for xmas! I no he will love it! The artwork is fantastic and I am now hooked and want to read more!
Published 4 months ago by Kayleigh Buswell
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
I feel that the Jokers true personality came out in this comic...along with its amazing graphical designs..a must buy for fans of the Joker
Published 5 months ago by Alex Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Joker
First proper comic the joker always been my favourite villain definitely worth a read for anyone who's a batman fan
Published 7 months ago by Lewis Bradley
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