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Joker HC (The Joker) [Hardcover]

Lee Bermejo , Brian Azzarello
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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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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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (29 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401215815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401215811
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 17.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,113 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

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

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17 of 17 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an ok comic, doesn't live up to the hype 8 Jan 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Elseworlds sequel to the Dark Knight film? 22 April 2014
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
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 or afflictions. There is a Batman, but we don’t see much of him, and when we do, he shows no particularly heightened abilities. What we do see is a lot of unpleasant human behaviour, though admittedly very entertaining unpleasant human behaviour, as we follow the Joker on his campaign to reclaim his crime empire, having spent some time in Arkham. Hmm… it could almost be a sequel of sorts to the Dark Knight film (though I don’t know how the dates match up). The story is narrated by one of the Joker’s henchmen, who has his own part to play in the proceedings, and who gives us a ‘normal’ viewpoint of the goings-on. There is a Killer Croc, Penguin and Two-Face on display, as well as hordes of regular gangsters, criminals and crooked cops. The only ‘normal’ people we see are one or two of the Joker’s victims.

This is an entertaining story with superb artwork and dialogue - and the more I think about it, it really does feel like a sequel to the film, as the artist has obviously based this Joker on the film version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a laughing matter 13 April 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 30 Jan 2014
By Sophie
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comic well worth the money 1 Jan 2014
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Really enjoyed reading this. Great artwork and fun story if it in2 twisted dark stories like I am lol I recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 31 Dec 2013
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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.
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